Laura Bliss


Laura graduated from Edge Hill in 2013 with a degree in Law (LLB) and completed an LLM by Research in 2016. Laura’s research interests include: media law, particularly the law and social media; feminist research and aspects of public law. These interests are reflected in Laura’s PhD which examines the law’s response to online abuse, particularly abuse directed at women. She has presented her research both nationally and internationally.

Laura, alongside other colleagues at Edge Hill University, has worked with Cheshire Police to help create a teaching scheme for young people on the dangers of legal highs. She has also conducted teaching sessions with young people examining the criminal law and social media.

Laura is a member of the Socio-Legal Studies Association and a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.


  • LLB (Law) Honours, Edge Hill University, 2013
  • LLM by Research, Edge Hill University, 2016
  • PgCert- Fellow of the Higher Education Academy


  • LAW1002 Public Law 1
  • LAW2007 Public Law 1
  • LAW1004 Public Law 2
  • LAW2008 Public Law 2
  • LAW1001 Legal Methods and Systems
  • LAW2002 Criminal Law
  • LAW1005 Tort Law


  • Bliss, L. (2019) ‘Students perceptions of assessed seminar performance in law’ Higher Education, Skills and Work-Based Learning
  • Bliss, L. (2019) ‘The Protection from Harassment Act 1997: Failures by the Criminal Justice System in a Social Media Age’ Journal of Criminal Law
  • Bliss, L. (2018) ‘Social Media: A Theme Park just for Fools: Case Comment’ (2018) 82(4) Journal of Criminal Law 301-304
  • Bliss, L. (2018) ‘What Facebook isn’t telling us about its fight against online abuse’ The Conversation 21 May 2018
  • Bliss, L. (2018) ‘Everyone must tackle abuse of social media’ The Lancashire Post 6 January 2018
  • Bliss, L. (2017) ‘Online abuse on Facebook and Twitter can’t be solved by regulation alone’ The Conversation 18 December 2017
  • Bliss, L. (2017) ‘Can we protect our female politicians from social media abuse?’ Political Studies Association 25 September 2017
  • Bliss, L. ‘The Crown Prosecution Service Guidelines and Grossly Offensive Comments: An Analysis” (2017) 9(2) Journal of Media Law 1
  • Bliss, L. (2017) ‘Abuse of women MPs is not just a scandal – it’s a threat to democracy’ The Conversation 17 July 2017
  • Bliss, L. (2017) ‘Case comment: Why someone was sent to prison for taking photos of the Grenfell Tower victims’ The Legal Cheek 22 June 2017 – Shortlisted for Journal of the Year, Legal Cheek Awards March 2018


Conference Papers

  • Bliss, L. (2019) ‘Historical Institutional Abuse: Misogyny Online’ Human Rights Centre Annual Postgraduate Conference, Queen’s University Belfast, 7 June 2019
  • Bliss, L. (2018) ‘The Law, Social Media and the Victimisation of Women: A UK Study’ Social Media and Society Conference, Copenhagen Business School, Denmark, 19 July 2018 (Poster)
  • Bliss, L. (2018) ‘#IsMisogynyTrending? Social Media Abuse and Trolling Women’ Festival of Ideas 2018, Edge Hill University, 2 June 2018
  • Bliss, L. (2007) ‘The Law and the Trolling of Women Online’ Sociology and Social Media: Problems and Prospects, Goldsmiths University, 2 December 2017
  • Bliss, L. (2017) ‘The Law, Social Media and the Victimisation of Women’ Early Careers Research Conference, Edge Hill University, 5 July 2017 (Poster)
  • Bliss, L. (2017) ‘The Law, Social Media and the Victimisation of Women’
  • Socio-Legal Studies Association Annual Conference, Newcastle University,5th-7th April 2017
  • Bliss, L. (2017) ‘Feminist Research and Philosophical Hermeneutics: Overlaps and Synergies’ Socio-Legal Studies Association Annual Conference, Newcastle University, 5th-7th April 2017 (Joint Paper)
  • Bliss, L (2015) ‘Non-justiciability: A Get Out of Jail Free Card?’ Department of Law and Criminology Research Seminar, Edge Hill University, 25 March 2015


  • Bliss, L. (2019) ‘Social Media Should be Held Responsible for Content on Their Sites – Law Expert’ Radio Spuntnik, 18 March 2019
  • Bliss, L. (2018) ‘Judge Must Decide if Gov’t Can Hack Suspects’ Facebook’ Radio Spuntnik, 21 August 2018 <>
  • Bliss, L. (2018) ‘#IsMisogynyTrending? Social Media Abuse and Trolling Women’ Edge Hill University (podcast), 24 May 2018 <>
  • Bliss, L. (2018) ‘Facebook must be more upfront with what they do with their data’ Radio Spuntnik, 24 May 2018 <>
  • Bliss, L. (2018) ‘The Big Questions- Is Social Media Beyond Control?’ The BBC, Bath Spa University, 25 February 2018 <>
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