Professor Michael Doherty

Professor of Law and Associate Head (Student Experience)


Prof Michael Doherty is Associate Head of School and the lead for student experience.

Before joining Lancaster he was Principal Lecturer in Law and student experience lead at UCLan. He is a former Chair of the Association of Law Teachers, and is a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy. His teaching awards include the Routledge/ALT Teaching Law with Technology Prize 2015.

Prof Doherty has a longstanding interest in Public Law, has taught the subject for over 30 years and is author of the textbook, Public Law (2nd edn, Routledge, 2018). He has taught, researched and published on civil liberties and on environmental law.

His current research and pedagogy focus is in the developing field of legal design - applying design thinking to legal problems and processes. He is exploring the disciplinarity of, and the cultural barriers to, bringing design thinking into law, and has applied design thinking to legal teaching and curriculum development.

Building a Learning and Teaching Culture: Step by Step
Doherty, M., Bledge, F., Furness, J. 2019
Conference paper

Legal Culture v Design Culture: Tensions and Opportunities
Doherty, M. 2019
Conference paper

Intentionally Designing ‘Legal Design’ as an Academic Discipline
Doherty, M. 12/12/2018
Conference paper

Communicating legal rights and responsibilities through visual learning
Doherty, M. 2018
Conference paper

Legal Visualisation Project – Tenants' Rights
Doherty, M. 2018

Public Law
Doherty, M. 2018 2nd ed. London : CRC Press. 596 p. ISBN: 1138504939, 9781138504929, 9781138504936. Electronic ISBN: 9781315146324.

Visual learning in law
Doherty, M. 2017
Conference paper

Should Making False Statements in a Referendum Campaign Be an Electoral Offence?
Doherty, M. 2016

Law mapping as a pedagogic tool
Doherty, M. 2015
Conference paper

OpenLawMap: mapping interesting legal places
Doherty, M. 2014
Conference paper

‘Let’s Play Master and Servant: The relative roles of skills and substance in legal education’
Doherty, M. 2010
Conference paper

‘The Development of Legal Reasoning Skills: When is a skill not a skill?’
Doherty, M. 08/2009
Conference paper

‘Remembrance of ‘Skills I’ Past: Can we get students to apply their legal reasoning skills?’
Doherty, M. 04/2009
Conference paper

‘The Application of Article 95(4-6) of the EC Treaty: Is The Emperor Still Unclothed?
Doherty, M. 2008 In: Yearbook of European Environmental Law. Oxford : Oxford University Press p. 48-79. 31 p. ISBN: 978-0199202751.

Politicians as a Species of ‘Public Figure’ and the Right to Privacy
Doherty, M. 2007 In: Humanitas Journal of European Studies. 1, 1, p. 35-56. 21 p.
Journal article

The Right to Tell One’s Own Story? Balancing privacy and expression claims
Doherty, M. 2007 In: Web Journal of Current Legal Issues. 13, 5
Journal article

Challenging a Commission refusal to allow the introduction of more stringent national measures
Doherty, M. 2004 In: Environmental Law Review. 6, p. 120-126. 6 p.
Journal article