Laura Higson-Bliss



Laura was a Graduate Teaching Assistant at Edge Hill University before joining Birmingham Law School. Laura’s specialism relates to the regulation of social media companies, in particular the criminalisation of abusive behaviour online. She has presented her work both nationally and internationally, with her paper examining the Crown Prosecution Service guidelines on social media offences recently being cited in the Law Commissions report into online abuse.

Laura has made a number of media appearance, including a live debate on the BBC’s ‘The Big Questions’ in 2018. She has also presented her work in schools to educate the younger generation on the dangers of inappropriate social media usage.  

Research interests

Laura completed her PhD in 2020 which examines the criminal law framework and its use to prosecute social media abuse. She has written extensively on the topic and made a number of media appearances. 

Professional Qualifications

  • Fellow of the HEA,