John Hartshorne

Associate Professor

John Hartshorne

School/Department: Leicester Law School

Telephone: +44 (0)116 252 2363



My research focus is the law of Obligations, in particular the law of Tort where I supervise a number of doctoral research students. I currently teach undergraduate Law of Tort and Law of Evidence modules. I have delivered undergraduate and postgraduate teaching across a number of different subjects and held a number of senior administrative positions such as undergraduate Sub-Dean and Examinations Officer. I currently act as a Year Tutor to a group of around 100 undergraduate students.

Before becoming a university lecturer I qualified as a barrister specialising in civil law matters. 


My research interests centre upon the law of Obligations, particularly the law of Tort. Within this area I have developed a special interest in how the law of Obligations currently affords protection for personal privacy. I have written a number of publications and delivered several conference papers upon this area. I am currently writing a monograph titled 'Tort Law and the Protection of Privacy'.


Recent publications

Hartshorne, J, 'Gulati v Mirror Group Newspapers' in P Wragg and P Coe (eds), Landmark Cases in Privacy Law (Hart 2023).

Hartshorne, J, 'Compensation for Loss of Control over Personal Data' (2022) 14 Journal of Media Law 1 - 10.

Hartshorne, J, 'The Standard of Liability in Claims for Misuse of Private Information' (2021) 13 Journal of Media Law 211-237


I am happy to consider proposals relating to the protection of privacy at common law and proposals relating to other aspects of tort law.



  • Law of Tort
  • Law of Evidence

Press and media

Protection of privacy at common law


  • University of Exeter LLB
  • University of Leicester LLM
  • Barrister, of the Inner Temple
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