John Hartshorne

Associate Professor
LLB (Exeter), LLM (Leicester), of the Inner Temple, Barrister-at-Law

Telephone: +44 (0)116 252 2465

Personal details

LLB, LLM, Barrister-at-Law

I teach undergraduate courses in the Law of Tort and Law of Evidence. I have undertaken research primarily in the area of the Law of Tort, although I have also had a sub-interest in the Law of Evidence. Within the Law of Tort I have a particular interest in issues surrounding the protection of privacy. I am currently writing a monograph on the subject of Tort Law and the Protection of Privacy to be published by Routledge. I am also Leicester Law School’s Examinations Officer and I am a member of the University’s Forensic Research Centre.


Tort Law, especially privacy issues; Law of Evidence.

PhD Supervision

I am currently supervising graduate research students undertaking research in relation to notions of family privacy, and the reasonableness of limits placed upon the exercise of freedom of expression via the internet by Jamaican defamation law.

  • The changing perceptions of family law, Claire Bessant
  • A critical and comparative analysis of the cyber defamation laws in England, USA and Australia, and considering proposals for reform of the Jamaican Defamation Act, Coleen Lewis


  • Evidence
  • Tort



  • The need for an intrusion upon seclusion privacy tort within English law (2017) Common Law World Review 46(4), 287-305. Open access vesion,  doi:10.1177/1473779517739798
  • ‘A most expensive letter’ (2016) Journal of Professional Negligence 164-68. Open access version
  • ‘The protection of Prosser’s privacy categories within English tort law’ (2014) Torts Law Journal 37 – 55. Open access vesion
  • ‘Contemporary Approaches Towards Pure Economic Loss in the Law of Negligence’ (2014) Journal of Business Law 425 – 442. Open access version
  • ‘An Appropriate Remedy for the Publication of False Private Information’ (2012) Journal of Media Law 93 – 115. doi:10.5235/175776312802483907

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