Dr Lydia Morgan

Dr Lydia Morgan

Birmingham Law School
Lecturer

Contact details

Address
Birmingham Law School
University of Birmingham
Edgbaston
Birmingham
B15 2TT
UK

Dr Lydia Morgan is currently a research fellow on the Joseph Rowntree Foundation funded project Counter-Terrorism Review with Professor Fiona de Londras (Birmingham) and Dr Jessie Blackbourn (Oxford). The project seeks to map and evaluate how counter-terrorism laws and measures are legally accountable and through empirical research understand how it works in practice. Lydia also researches and teaches public law, legal and political theory, and legal pedagogy. She is particularly interested in state secrecy, the UK security services, the regulation of investigatory measures and the responses of liberal theory to contemporary political practices. In the last two- years she has written on liberty and the Investigatory Powers Act 2016 and using object based learning to teach Dworkin. She is currently looking at UK national security cases through theories of legal coherence.

Qualifications

  • PhD, 2015, University of Bristol
  • MSc Political Theory, 2010, London School of Economics and Political Science
  • BA (hons), Philosophy and Cultural Studies, 2008, University of Sussex 

Biography

Dr Morgan graduated with a First Class degree in Philosophy and Cultural Studies from the University of Sussex in 2008 and went on to gain an MSc in Political Theory from the LSE.  After a short period working in the Third Sector in youth development and homelessness, she returned to higher education to study for her PhD in Law and Politics at the University of Bristol.  As well as receiving her Doctorate in 2015, she undertook a 3 month AHRC Kluge Fellowship at the Library of Congress in Washington DC and taught at the University of Bristol for 3 years.  She has also previously taught at UEA and the University of Birmingham. 

Teaching

  • 2017-2018 LLM Socio-Legal Theory 

Research

As a research fellow on Joseph Rowntree Foundation funded project Counter-Terrorism Review with Professor Fiona de Londras (Birmingham) and Dr Jessie Blackbourn (Oxford) (2017-2019), Lydia is researching the legal accountability of counter-terrorism measures and laws in the UK.  The project aims to draw a comprehensive map of the current patchwork of measures to better understand where and how legal accountability takes place.  Dr Morgan is also currently researching and writing on UK national security cases through theories of legal coherence, work which she presented at the Society of Legal Scholars in Dublin 2017.  Dr Morgan is particularly interested in state secrecy, the UK security services, the regulation of investigatory measures and the responses of liberal theory to contemporary political practices. 

In May 2017, Dr Morgan presented her paper 'Reconfiguring Freedom: Big Data, the Investigatory Powers Act 2016 and the Construction of Liberty in the UK’s Security State.' at the 'Big Data: New Challenges for Law and Ethics' Conference, University of Ljubljana, Slovenia. 

Publications

Books

  • Blackbourn, J, de Londras, F & Morgan, L, Counter-Terrorism Review in the United Kingdom (forthcoming) Bristol University Press / Policy Press)

Peer-reviewed articles

  • Morgan, L & de Londras, F, (2018) ‘Is there a ‘Conservative’ Counter-Terrorism?’ Kings Law Journal, 29(2): 187-215 
  • Morgan, L  '(Re)Conceptualising State Secrecy' Northern Ireland Law Quarterly (Forthcoming 2018)
  • Morgan, L, Understanding Dworkin through Art: Object-based Learning and Law’ (2017) The Law Teacher

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Expertise

Counter terrorism

State secrecy

The UK security services

The regulation of investigatory measures

Liberal political theory