Mr Peter Coe

Aston Law

As a Senior Lecturer in Law Peter’s work focuses on three main activities: firstly, his research relating to two distinct areas of Media Law (i) defamation and the protection of corporate reputation and (ii) social media’s impact on freedom of expression, media freedom, privacy and reputation; secondly, his teaching and convenorship of Criminal Law and Professional Skills & Ethics; and thirdly, his interest in employability and his role in developing and managing relationships with practice and industry partners.

Peter’s Media Law research has led to articles in leading academic journals, as well as contributions to industry and media publications, book chapters and conference papers. His defamation and corporate reputation research was recently cited by the Scottish Law Commission’s Discussion Paper on Defamation.

Peter joined the Law School in September 2014. Prior to this he was a Senior Lecturer at Buckinghamshire New University, and before that, a Visiting Tutor at the University of Nottingham.  During his academic career Peter has taught a number of subjects in addition to Criminal Law and Professional Skills & Ethics, including, the Law of Evidence and Tort Law. As well as being an academic, Peter is a barrister, and Door Tenant, at East Anglian Chambers, where he specialises in general Civil and Criminal Litigation. In 2016, as a result of his Media Law research, Peter joined a London based international law firm as a consultant lawyer.

Within the Law School Peter has served as the joint Course Director for the LLB programmes since September 2014 (a position he will hold until the end of 2016-17 academic year). Additionally, he is responsible for leading the School’s employability strategy, which includes developing and managing relationships with practice and industry partners. The purpose of this work is not only to coordinate activities and initiatives to enable our students to engage with employers from a variety of industries, but to help them to develop the professional skills, attributes and values they will need to succeed within their chosen careers. As a result of Peter’s contribution in this area, in January 2016, he was awarded Senior Fellowship status of the Higher Education Academy. Prior to this Peter was a Fellow of the HEA from 2014.

You can follow Peter on twitter via @pcoelaw.

Position: Senior Lecturer
                   in Law
Phone: +44(0)121 204 3677
Room: SW712

Peter has written for a number of media outlets on Media Law and Legal Education and Training issues. Please see the selected publications below.
Please contact Peter, who would be happy to discuss and undertake future media work.

  • PhD, University of Leeds (ongoing)
  • Fellow of the Higher Education Academy, 2014
  • PGCTLHE, Buckinghamshire New University, 2013
  • LLM by Research, The University of Northampton, 2012
  • Barrister, The Honourable Society of Lincoln’s Inn, 2007 (Major BVC Award Lord Denning Scholar and Hardwicke Entrance Scholar)
  • PgDipLaw (Bar Vocational Course), Nottingham Law School, 2007
  • LLB(Hons), The University of Northampton, 2005
2014-present, Lecturer in Law, Aston University
  • Joint LLB Course Director
2011-2014: Senior Lecturer in Law, Buckinghamshire New University
  • Module Leader for: Criminal Law; Law of Evidence; Criminal Justice
  • Other teaching responsibilities: Legal Skills; Media Law; Sports Law
  • Business/Industry partnership engagement manager
  • School and College Liaison manager
  • School representative for Faculty and University Quality Enhancement Committees
  • Faculty representative for University’s Widening Participation Steering Group
2010-2011: Visiting Tutor, The University of Nottingham
  • Tutor: Tort Law
2008-present, Barrister and Tenant at East Anglian Chambers
  • Multi-disciplinary practice including: Civil and Commercial litigation; Criminal and Regulatory litigation
  • Media Law (particularly: privacy; defamation; freedom of expression; the use of new media; media power/control/plurality)
  • Legal Education and Training (particularly professionalism and employability)
  • Sports Law
I am currently working towards my PhD, and would be happy to act as a joint supervisor.

I am particularly interested in Media Law. In particular: freedom of expression; privacy; defamation; the use of new media; media power/control/plurality)
  • Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (FHEA), 2016-present
  • Association of Law Teachers, 2012-present
  • Society of Legal Scholars, 2012-present
  • Bar Council of England and Wales, 2007-present
  • Lincoln’s Inn Lord Denning Society, 2006-present
  • The Honourable Society of Lincoln’s Inn, 2005-present

Journal publications

Regular attendance at Association of Law Teachers and Society of Legal Scholars conferences, where I have given the following papers:

  • Coe and Dagilyte, Developing professionalism via take-home exams: Assessment for learning in law studies, 50 Years of Assessment in Legal Education, Association of Law Teachers and Institute of Advanced Legal Studies, University of London, January 2015
  • Coe, The Defamation Act 2013: We Need to Talk about Corporate Reputation, Society of Legal Scholars Annual Conference Media and Communications Section, September 2014
  • Coe and Dagilyte, Professionalism in law degrees: Chartering the territory between liberal education and legal services, Institute of Advanced Legal Studies WG Hart Workshop, June 2014
  • Coe and Dagilyte, Professionalism in higher education: Important not only for lawyers, Association of Law Teachers Annual Conference, Leeds, April 2014