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Dr Jeevan Hariharan


Lecturer in Private Law



Dr Jeevan Hariharan is a Lecturer (Assistant Professor) in Private Law. He researches and teaches in the areas of private law, legal theory and media law, with a particular focus on tort law and privacy.

At Queen Mary, Jeevan currently teaches undergraduate students on the Torts and Land Law modules. He also convenes and teaches a new undergraduate elective module ‘Protecting Personal Privacy’. Before joining the School of Law, Jeevan held teaching positions at UCL, the University of Cambridge and the University of Sydney.

Jeevan completed his PhD at UCL, supported by a Faculty of Laws Research Scholarship, on the legal protection of ‘physical privacy’. He holds BA (First Class) and LLB degrees from the University of Sydney, where he was awarded the University Medal in Philosophy. He also has an LLM (First Class) from the University of Cambridge, where he was the recipient of the Lucas-Smith Memorial Prize for the top law student at Queens’ College and a Foundation Scholarship.

Jeevan’s prior professional experience includes working as a Legal Advisor at Linklaters LLP in London and as a Judicial Assistant at the Supreme Court of New South Wales in Sydney, Australia.

He is presently a co-convenor of the Media and Communications Section of the Society of Legal Scholars.


Jeevan’s core research focuses on privacy, tort law, moral philosophy and intellectual property. Beyond this, he has research interests in all areas of private law, particularly remedies and the intersection between private law and fundamental rights.

Conferences and presentations

As organiser

  • “Private Nuisance in the UK Supreme Court: Fearn v Tate [2023] UKSC 4”, panel event funded by the UCL Private Law Group (March 2023)

As presenter

  • “Private Nuisance and Privacy after Fearn v Tate Gallery [2023] UKSC 4”, Centre for Comparative and Transnational Law Obligations Lab Asia, Chinese University of Hong Kong (January 2024)
  • Fearn v Tate Gallery: A New Landmark in Privacy Law”, Privacy: Past, Present and Future Conference, University of Leeds (July 2023)
  • “Imprisoned at Work: The Impact of Employee Monitoring on Physical Privacy and Individual Liberty” (with H Noorda)
    • London Labour Law Discussion Group (May 2023)
    • Digital Justice Lecture Series, University of Amsterdam (April 2023)
    • British and Irish Law Education and Technology Association (BILETA) 2023 Annual Conference (April 2023)
  • “Privacy, Damages and the Concept of Loss”
    • Society of Legal Scholars Annual Conference (June 2023)
    • Philosophy, Law & Politics Graduate Forum, organised by joint committee from the University of Oxford, University of Cambridge, University of Surrey, UCL, LSE, KCL and Queen Mary (January 2022)
  • “Employee Monitoring as a Form of Imprisonment”, Oxford-UCL Colloquium on Law, Technology, and Fundamental Rights, University of Oxford (April 2022)
  • “Physical Privacy and Bodily Integrity”, New Directions in Private Law Theory Conference, UCL (November 2021)
  • “Damages for Reputational Harm: Can Privacy Actions Tread on Defamation’s Turf?”, Society of Legal Scholars Annual Conference (September 2021)



  • “The View from the Top: Visual Intrusion as Nuisance in Fearn v Tate Gallery” (2024) 87(3) Modern Law Review 697
  • “Privacy and Defamation in ZXC: Some Concerns about Coherence” (2022) 14(2) Journal of Media Law 238
  • “Ringing Off the Hook: When do Domestic Security Devices Become Unlawful?” (2022) 33(2) Entertainment Law Review 60 
  • “Damages for Reputational Harm: Can Privacy Actions Tread on Defamation’s Turf?” (2021) 13(2) Journal of Media Law 186
  • “Trade Mark Specifications: Clear (and Precise) Skies Ahead?” (2020) 79(2) Cambridge Law Journal 231

Book chapters

  • “Physical Privacy and Bodily Integrity” in Charles Mitchell, Prince Saprai, Fabiana Bettini, and Martin Fischer (eds), New Directions in Private Law Theory (UCL Press) (forthcoming)

Blog posts 

  • “The Changing Face of Horizontal Effect” UK Constitutional Law Association Blog, 17 May 2023
  • “Employee Monitoring as a Form of Imprisonment” (with H Noorda) UK Labour Law Blog, 19 May 2021
  • “Privacy and Reputational Harm” Inforrm’s Blog, 26 November 2021

Responses to reports/consultations

  • Response to Law Commission Consultation Paper on Intimate Image Abuse, May 2021 (Detailed response to Law Commission consultation. Cited in the Final Report – see Law Commission, Intimate Image Abuse: Final Report (Law Com No 407), para 4.42).  


Jeevan welcomes proposals for postgraduate supervision in his research areas, particularly tort law and privacy.

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