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Paul French

School of Law

Faculty of Business and Law

I am a PhD researcher in socio-legal studies. My thesis focuses upon UK moral panics of terrorism and the effects these may have upon public support for human rights protections and discourse of democratic values. My research aims to bring insight to the possible long term ramifications that short-lived, disproportionate social fears can have on legislation, social control and community cohesion.

Previously, I completed my BSc in Psychology with Criminology at University of Chester before moving to LJMU to obtain an MSc in Global Crime Justice and Security, where I submitted a dissertation which was a legislative comparative of UK/US counter-terrorism surveillance methods and the impact on human rights and civil liberties.

Currently, I am a course tutor with The Brilliant Club Scholars Program and a visiting lecturer of Criminology at University of Chester.


2015, Liverpool John Moores University, United Kingdom, MSc, Global Crime, Justice and Security
2011, University of Chester, United Kingdom, BSc, Psychology with Criminology
Liverpool John Moores University, United Kingdom, Phd


Advance HE, Associate Fellowship of Higher Education Academy

Academic appointments

Visiting Lecturer, University of Chester, 2019 - present
Tutor, The Brilliant Club Scholars Programe, 2018 - present

Internet publication

French P. 2017. Trump’s Britain First retweets challenge us to fight his fake news habit Publisher Url

Other invited event:

1823 Podcast, John Moores University, In this podcast episode titled Faking It, I discuss the rise of deep fake videos, the history of fake news and the impact of propaganda on world events 2019

Teaching qualification:

Associate Fellowship of the Higher Education Academy. 2017