Dr Lieve Gies

Lieve Gies photograph

Senior Lecturer

Contact details

Room number: BH 1.14
Tel: 0116 252 3869
E-mail: lg149@le.ac.uk

Personal details

As well as my research, my professional roles and activities include:

  • Equality and Diversity Officer
  • Undergraduate Tutor
  • Judge at the International Rounds of the Monroe E. Price Media Law Moot Court Competition organized by Oxford University
  • Member of the outer editorial board of Celebrity Studies journal
  • Peer reviewer for the UK Economic and Social Research Council, the Israel Science Foundation, the Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research and the Research Foundation Flanders.
  • Reviewer of journal manuscripts for Celebrity StudiesCriminology and Criminal Justice; Gender, Work and OrganizationIn-spire Journal of Law, Politics and SocietiesLaw and Humanities; Social Semiotics.
  • Reviewer of book manuscripts for Oxford University Press and Palgrave MacMillan, and book proposals for Ashgate, Oxford University Press and Routledge and Palgrave MacMillan
  • Co-ordinator of the Law and Culture research cluster at the AHRC Centre for Law, Gender and Sexuality (2005-2009)
  • Guest-editor of the following special issues:
    • (With Dr. James Bennett) Special Forum on Political Celebrity, Celebrity Studies, 2001, vol. 2 (1).
    • (With Dr. Rob C. Mawby) Communicating Criminal Justice: Public Confidence, Agency Strategies and Media Narratives, Howard Journal of Criminal Justice Special issue, 2009, vol. 48 (5).
    • Governing Celebrity: Multiculturalism, Offensive Television Content and Celebrity Big Brother 2007Entertainment and Sports Law Special Issue, 2009, vol. 7 (1).

Research

My research is highly interdisciplinary, straddling media and cultural studies, socio-legal studies and criminology. A central argument in my research is that tensions between law and the media are inevitable because of a fundamental conflict in the way in which ‘reality’ is imagined and represented in the legal sphere and in the media.

I am currently working on three main projects. My recent monograph concentrates on the mediation of the Human Rights Act 1998, a historic yet controversial piece of legislation aimed at enhancing protection for human rights in a UK context. The next step will be a study of how news coverage of human rights law in the UK compares with the coverage in other European countries. The second strand of my research focuses on miscarriages of justice campaigning in social media. I am co-editing a volume for Palgrave MacMillan entitled Transmedia Crime Stories: The Trial of Amanda Knox and Raffaele Sollecito in the Globalized Media Sphere. Finally, I also have an ongoing interest in celebrity and deviance and I am researching how formerly famous individuals go from infamy to obscurity.

Publications

Books:

Gies, L. (2014) Mediating Human Rights: Media, Culture and Human Rights Law. Abingdon: Routledge.

Gies, L. (2008) Law and the Media: The Future of an Uneasy Relationship. London: Routledge-Cavendish.

Journal articles:

Gies, L. and Bortoluzzi, M (2014) ‘Purity and contamination in online popular forensics: amateur-expert readings of the Meredith Kercher murder case’, Continuum: Journal of Media and Cultural Studies (2014) vol 28 (4): 532-544.

Gies, L. (2013) ‘‘The Burqa is Just Like a Maxi Dress’: A Muslim Adolescent Perspective on Human Rights’, Journal of Human Rights Practice vol. 5 (1): 125-152.

Gies, L. (2011) ‘A Villains’ Charter?: The Press and The Human Rights Act’, Crime, Media, Culture vol. 7 (2): 1-17. [Reprinted in translation in Comunicação e Cultura (2012) vol. 14. (autumn/winter): 57-84].

Gies, L. (2011) ‘Stars Behaving Badly: Inequality and Transgression in Celebrity Culture’, Feminist Media Studies vol. 11 (3): 347-361.

Gies, L. (2011) ‘The Damp Rag and the Traffic Stopper: The Fame Factor in Appointing the First EU President’, Celebrity Studies vol. 2 (1): 88-90.

Gies, L. (2011) ‘The Hard Sell: Promoting Human Rights’, International Journal for the Semiotics of Law vol. 24 (4): 405-422.

Gies, L. (2009) Celebrity Big Brother, Human Rights and Popular Culture’, Entertainment and Sports Law Journal vol. 7 (1), [Online] Available at: http://www2.warwick.ac.uk/fac/soc/law/elj/eslj/issues/volume7/number1/gies.

Gies, L. and Mawby, R. (2009) (With R. Mawby) ‘Introduction to the Special Issue on ‘Communicating Criminal Justice: Public Confidence, Agency Strategies and Media Narratives’’, Howard Journal of Criminal Justice Special issue vol. 48 (5), 441-445.

Gies, L. (2009) ‘Guest Editor’s Introduction’ Governing Celebrity: Multiculturalism, Offensive Television Content and Celebrity Big Brother 2007Entertainment and Sports Law Special Issue vol. 7 (1), [Online] Available at: http://www2.warwick.ac.uk/fac/soc/law/elj/eslj/issues/volume7/number1/guesteditorial.

Gies, L. (2008) ‘How Material are Cyberbodies?: Broadband Internet and Embodied Subjectivity’, Crime, Media, Culture vol. 4 (3), 311-330. [Reprinted in Y. Jewkes (ed.) Crime and Media. Sage Library of Criminology. London: Sage (2009)].

Gies, L. (2007) ‘Pigs, Dogs, Cows and Commerce in Celebrity Big Brother 2007’, Feminist Media Studies vol. 7 (4): 456-458. [Reprinted in M. Pickering (ed.) Popular Culture, volume 4. Sage Benchmarks in Culture and Society. London: Sage (2010)].

Gies, L. (2005) ‘The Empire Strikes Back: Press Judges and Communication Advisers in Dutch Courts’, Journal of Law and Society vol. 32 (3), 450-472.

Gies, L. (2005) ‘Law as Popular Culture: Cross-Disciplinary Encounters’, Continuum: Journal of Media and Cultural Studies, Special Issue: Popular Cultures and the Law vol. 19 (2), 165-180.

Gies, L. (2004) ‘Helping Generation Ex: Divorce, Legal Advice in Women’s Magazines and DIY Law in Cyberspace’, International Journal of the Sociology of Law vol. 32 (1), 65-84.

Gies, L. (2003) ‘Up, Close and Personal: The Discursive Transformation of Judicial Politics in Post-Dutroux Belgium’, International Journal for the Semiotics of Law vol. 16 (3), 49-74.

Gies, L. (2003) ‘Explaining the Absence of the Media in Stories of Law and Legal Consciousness’, Entertainment Law vol. 2 (1), 19-54.

Gies, L. (2000) ‘Contesting the Rule of Emotions?: The Press and Enforced Caesareans’, Social and Legal Studies vol. 9 (4), 515-538.

Book chapters:

Gies, L. (2015) ‘Human Rights, the British Press and the Deserving Claimant’, L. Wicks, L. Hodgson and K. Ziegler (eds.) The UK and European Human Rights: A Strained Relationship?. Oxford: Hart Publishing (forthcoming).

Gies, L. (2011) ‘The Frenzy of Digital Photography: A Biopolitical Assessment’, in H. Greif et al (eds.) Cultures of Participation: Media Practices, Politics and Literacy. Oxford: Peter Lang, pp. 195-209.

Gies, L. (2010) ‘Justiça, Informação e Comunicação na nova paisagem mediática’ (‘Justice, information and communication in the new media landscape’), in H. Machado and F. Santos (eds.) Justiça, Ambientes Mediáticos e Ordem Social. Riberão: Húmus, pp. 85-103.

Gies, L. (2008) ‘Legal Self-help and the Internet’, in E. Mante-Meijer, L. Haddon and E. Loos (eds.) The Social Dynamics of Information and Communication Technology. Aldershot: Ashgate, pp. 83-94.

Gies, L. (2006) ‘The Media and Public Understanding of the Law’, in S. Greenfield and G. Osborn (eds.) Readings in Law and Popular Culture. London: Routledge, pp. 65-87.

Case note:

Gies, L. (2006) ‘What Not To Wear: Islamic Dress and School Uniforms R (on the application of SB) v. Governors of Denbigh High School [2006] UKHL 15; [2006] 2 W.L.R. 719; [2006] 1 F.C.R. 613Feminist Legal Studies vol. 14: 377-389.

Book Reviews:

Gies, L. (2004) ‘Cultural analysis, Cultural Studies, and the Law by A. Sarat and J. Simon (eds)’, Social and Legal Studies vol. 13 (4), 561-562.

Gies, L. (2002) ‘The Democratic Paradox by C. Mouffe’, The Political Quarterly vol. 73 (2), 232-233.

Gies, L. (2000) ‘Just Words Law, Language and Power by J. M. Conley and W. M. O'Barr’, Social and Legal Studies vol. 9 (1), 174.

Other Publications:

Gies, L. (2013) ‘Extradition and Media Justice’, Border Criminologies blog post, Oxford University, http://bordercriminologies.law.ox.ac.uk/extradition-and-media-justice/.

Gies, L. and Bortoluzzi, M. (2012) ‘The Transcoding of Innocence and Guilt in the Meredith Kercher Case’ Proceedings of The International Association of Forensic Linguistics Tenth Biennial Conference. Birmingham: Centre for Forensic Linguistics, pp. 325-337.

Gies, L. (2011) ‘Tussen pen en tablet: oude en nieuwe vragen bij de persrichtlijn’ (‘Between pen and tablet: old and new questions regarding the press guidelines’), in Ruigrok, N. et al. Rechtbankverslaggeving in een veranderend perslandshap (Court Reporting in a Changing Press Landscape). Raad voor de Rechtspraak Research Memoranda vol.7 (5): 7-15.

Gies, L. (2009) ‘The Digital Citizen and the Right to Serendipity’ Conference proceedings ‘CIRN 2009: Empowering Communities: Learning from Communities Informatics Practice’, Monash University, Prato Centre, Italy, 4-6 November 2009.

Gies, L. (2009) ‘Digital Imaging, War Porn and the Iconography of Bare Life’, Conference Proceedings ‘The Good, the Bad and the Challenging: The User and the Future of New Information and Communication Technologies’, COST Action 298, Copenhagen, 13-15 May 2009.

Gies, L. (2007) ‘How Material are Cyberbodies?: The Internet as a Medium of Re-embodiment’, Conference Proceedings ‘The Good, the Bad and the Unexpected: The User and the Future of New Information and Communication Technologies’, COST Action 298, Moscow 23-25 May 2007.

Gies, L. (2005) ‘The Role of Press Judges in Dutch Courts’, Small Grants Report, SLSA Newsletter, no 45.

Gies, L. (2003) ‘Divorce, Legal Self-Help and the Internet’, in L. Haddon et al (eds) Conference Proceedings ‘The Good, The Bad and the Irrelevant: User Aspects of ICTs’, COST Action 269, Helsinki 3-5 September 2003.

Selected conference papers:

‘Human Rights, the British Press and the Deserving Claimant’, The UK and European Human Rights: A Strained Relationship? , University of Leicester, 23-24 May 2014.

‘An Anti-Human Rights Culture?: The Human Rights Act and the Popular Press’, Crime and Media in Historical and Contemporary Perspective: A Research Symposium, Nottingham Trent University, 15 November 2013.

‘After Human Rights: Some Reflections on Loss, Retreat and (Possible) Reinvention in the Margins of the UK’s Beleaguered Human Rights Act’, 41st Annual Conference of the European Group for the Study of Deviance and Social Control, Oslo University, Oslo, 29 August-September 2013.

‘Wrongful Conviction and the Amateur-Expert in the Age of Social Media: The Amanda Knox Innocence Campaign’, Law in the Age of Media Logic workshop, Oñati International Institute for the Sociology of Law, Oñati, 26-18 June 2013.

‘Media Constructions of Terrorism Suspects and Their Human Rights Claims’, European Society of Criminology Annual Conference, University of the Basque Country, Bilbao, 12-15 September 2012.

‘Law, Language and Power in Social Media: The Trial of Amanda Knox, Critical Approaches to Discourse Analysis across Disciplines Conference, University of Minho, Braga, 4-6 July 2012.

(With M. Bortoluzzi) ‘The Transcoding of Innocence and Guilt in the Meredith Kercher case’, 10th Biennial Conference of the International Association of Forensic Linguistics, Aston University (Birmingham), 11-14 July 2011.

‘Transgression and Inequality in Celebrity Culture’, 17th International Sociological Association World Congress, Gothenburg, 11-17 July 2010.

‘Digital Imaging, War Porn and the Iconography of Bare Life’, ‘The Good, the Bad and the Challenging: The User and the Future of New Information and Communication Technologies’, COST Action 298, Copenhagen, 13-15 May 2009.

‘The Hard Sell: Promoting Human Rights’, ‘Gender Futures’ CentreLGS conference, Westminster University, 3-4 April 2009.

‘The Home That Rights Built: The Semiotics of the Human Rights Act 1998’, ‘Law’s Unbuilt’ conference, Athens, 27-28 November 2008.

‘How Material are Cyberbodies?: Broadband Internet and Embodied Subjectivity’ ‘Law in the Risk Society, 2008 RCSL Annual Meeting, Milan and Como.

‘Stars Behaving Badly: The Legal Consciousness of Celebrity Culture’, ‘Going Cheap?: Female Celebrity in the Tabloid, Reality and Scandal Genres’ workshop, University of East Anglia, Norwich, 25 June 2008.

‘Legal Consciousness, Media, and Public Confidence in Legal Institutions’, 2007 Law and Society Association Annual Meeting, Berlin.

‘Veiling in English Schools: Disentangling Choice, Equality and Difference’, 2007 Law and Society Association Annual Meeting, Berlin.

‘How Material are Cyberbodies?: The Internet as a Medium of Re-embodiment’, ‘The Good, The Bad and the Unexpected: The User and the Future of New Information and Communication Technologies’, COST Action 298, Moscow 23-25 May 2007.

‘Litigation as a Measure of Diversity: Freedom of Religion and Islamic Dress in Schools’, EURODIV Diversity in Europe First Conference: ‘Measuring Diversity’, Milan, 26-27 January 2006.

Teaching

  • MS3021 Media Law Module Leader
  • MS7104 Law in the Media Module Leader
  • M7091 Approaches to Journalistic Practice Lectures
  • MA Dissertations Supervisor

Supervision

I would welcome PhD applications in any of my research areas including:

  • Media and crime
  • Celebrity, media and gender
  • Media and human rights

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Research degrees (campus-based and distance learning courses)
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