Paul Bernal

Lecturer in Information Technology, Intellectual Property and Media Law at the University of East Anglia Law School. Tweeter, blogger, Wolves fan, and occasional poet. I blog mostly on issues connected with privacy, human rights and the internet, but also occasional political stuff, child rights stuff – and even a few bits of personal stuff. And yes, it’s a real lion.

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15 thoughts on “Paul Bernal

  1. Hi paul just read your article Does Keir Starmer see the problem with poppy burners? I am writing an investigation for university (UCA Epsom) and also for my online journal. I too am waiting for what new guidelines Keir Starmer is going to release. I was wondering if i may ask you a few questions over email. I also tweeted you just now.

  2. As a publicly funded criminal lawyer I’d be grateful if your series of Mr Men books could stretch to a certain Mr Grayling, his political history and current demolition of equality of arms in the justice system. It amazes me that the academic community have been almost silent whilst access to justice has been removed and criminal justice is a political football to such an extent that the concept of separation of powers is denuded to oblivion. Very very dangerous guys…

    • I wish I had the time… and I may have to find it! I agree completely, and I know academia could do much more. I’ll be on the London Legal Walk on the 20th May, followed by a public meeting at the LSE which will be discussing the whole mess…

  3. Well Paul, re your tirade against Mr Gove. It’s always interesting when academics & teachers who have never worked in the real world resent anyone else daring to comment on their nice little fiefdom, & wants to curtail their often bloated privileges & cosy lifestyle. Now when they do that, THAT’S what I would call arrogant.

    • Spookily enough, I have worked (rather a lot) in the ‘real world’. I’m a former accountant, have worked in the City and run my own business, before returning to academia after almost 20 years away…

      …try again…

  4. Well, thanks for your response. Fairenuffski tha you have real world experience unlike so many academics who’ve never had to worry where about the next order is coming from, or hwo they can afford a pension or don’t dare take a day off sick. It’s just a shame you can’t use your experience effectively to make colleagues realise that whilst China & India is turning out MBA’s by the MILLION, we in the UK seem to be content to let down our own young people by dumbing down educational standards to the lowest common denominator, resisting all change in order to safeguard outmoded vested interests in the educational world. I have personally encountered people with MBA’s in India working in Call Centres. We in the UK have no idea of what is going to hit us – being more concerned about our so-called rights than our responsibilities to our children & grandchildren in an ever more competitive world. That’s the reality of the big picture academics so often fervently turn a blind eye to, not just the micro-delusion of self-interest.

    • I think you might be surprised how much we know – and indeed how much we all want standards etc to improve. No-one I know in education doesn’t want that – and the objections to Gove are nothing to do with his aim of improving standards – they’re connected with how he’s going about it, and that the likely results of his ‘reforms’ are going to be exactly the opposite. It will lower standards, and make us less competitive, not more.

  5. Dear Paul,

    I would appreciate it if you would share this fast growing reality with as many people as you can.

    India is a free country today, but how free are her people? Watch, reflect and share.

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