About Ursula Smartt

Ursula Smartt is a Lecturer for the Law LLB at NCH and the Careers Counsellor (Law) at NCH. She holds a BA in English and German from the University of Hull, a PGCE from the University of Hull, a MA in German Politics and Social Policy from the University of West London, a CPE from University of West London and a Master of Philosophy in Social Policy and Criminology from the University of Hull. Ursula has been a Lecturer in Law at the University of Surrey, the University of West London and the University of Portsmouth.

Alongside her teaching Ursula was awarded a Visiting Professorship in Comparative Criminal Law at the Max Planck Institute, Freiburg, Germany in 2001 and was appointed Justice of the Peace in 2003.  She has conducted extensive research and published a number of books, journal articles and given papers across the globe. Ursula has also worked with the BBC, writing a number of articles and featuring on Radio 4’s Women’s Hour.



MPhil, Social Policy and Criminology, University of Hull (1999)

CPE (Post Graduate Diploma in Law), University of West London (1998)

MA, German Politics and Social Policy, University of West London (1992)

PG Diploma in Hotel & Catering Management, University of Glasgow (1984)

PGCE, University of Hull (1976)

BA, English & German, University of Hull (1975)


Professional Affiliations

Royal Academy of Arts

Society of Legal Scholars

Magistrates’ Association

Associate, HEA

Associate, Institute of Learning




Ursula Smartt's Research

Ursula has a long track record of internationally funded prison research including prisons in The Netherlands, Belgium, Italy, France, Spain, Sweden, the Czech Republic, Latvia, Hungary, the USA, Canada, New South Wales, the Turks & Caicos Islands and India. She was awarded a Visiting Professorship at the Max Planck Institute in Freiburg, Germany in 2001, specialising in comparative criminal justice and prison research.

She has an extensive publication record in both English and German in internationally refereed journals. Most recently her publications are in media and entertainment law (privacy; confidentiality). Her main stream book publications include ‘Media and Entertainment Law’ (Routledge); ‘Optimize Public Law’ (Routledge); ‘Media Law for Journalists’ (Sage), Law for Criminologists (Sage) and ‘Grendon Tales’: stories from a therapeutic prison community’ (Waterside Press).


Selected Publications


Ursula Smartt (2017) Media and Entertainment Law, 3rd ed. Routledge, Book launch and foreword by Sir Keir Starmer QC at New College of the Humanities.

Ursula Smartt (2017) Optimize Public Law. 2nd ed. Routledge.

Ursula Smartt (2014) Media and Entertainment Law. 2nd Ed. Routledge. Book launch and foreword by Michael Mansfield QC.

Ursula Smartt (2011) Media and Entertainment Law. Routledge. Foreword by Joshua Rozenberg.

Ursula Smartt (2011) Media Law Statutes. Pearson/ Longman (Surrey).

Ursula Smartt (2009) Law for Criminologists. Foreword by Baroness Lady Helena Kennedy QC. Sage. London/ New York.

Ursula Smartt (2006) Media Law for Journalists. Foreword by Sir Harold Evans. Sage. London/ New York.

Ursula Smartt (2006) Criminal Justice. Sage Publications. London/New York/ Delhi.

Ursula Smartt (2001) Grendon Tales: Stories from a therapeutic community. Foreword by Lord Avebury. Waterside Press. ISBN 187287096 1.

Refereed Journal articles and chapters in books

Ursula Smartt (2018) The three Rs: Remorse, Rehabilitation, Right to be forgotten: how de-listing is left up to the courts in NT1 & NT2 and AR v Chief Constable of Greater Manchester European Intellectual Property Review (EIPR)

‘The Dark Web’. Magistrates’ Magazine. ISSN 00224-9920. (2017)

‘Are Privacy Injunctions Futile in The Digital Age? Why Scottish Papers Choose to Name the Super Injunction A-Listers – and Why they Cannot not Do so Online’. European Intellectual Property Review. 39 E.I.P.R. 2017 Issue 7. ISSN 0142-0461. (2017)

Reporting Legal Proceedings. Magistrates’ Magazine. (April 2017)

Are privacy injunctions futile in the digital age? Why Scottish papers chose to name the super injunction A-listers – and why they could not do so online. European Intellectual Property Review (EIPR). (2017)

‘Drones, Privacy and the Law’, Magistrates’ Magazine, Dec 2015/ Jan 2016, pp. 4 – 5. ISSN 00224-9920. (2015-2016)

“Prince Charles’s ‘black spider memos’: How a Guardian Journalist Succeeded in his 10-year Quest under the Freedom of Information Act 2000.” European Intellectual Property Review. E.I.P.R., 37(8), 529-538. ISSN 0142-0461. (2015)

‘Why I was right to name the teachers’ teen killer’: naming teenagers in criminal trials and law reform in the internet age.’ Communications Law. Vol 20, No 1, 2015: 5 – 13 ISSN 1746-7616. (2015)

‘Internet libel: will the new Defamation Act 2013 make a real difference?’
Criminal Law and Justice Weekly (CLJW). (2014)

‘Safety first: the Ryan Giggs superinjunction Part 2 of March 2012’. Communications Law Issue Vol 17, No.2. ISSN 1746-7616. (2012)

‘Twitter undermines superinjunctions’. Communications Law. Vol 16, No 4, 2011: 135 – 140. ISSN 1746-7616 (2011)

‘Crime and Punishment in the Turks and Caicos Islands’. In: Janet P. Stamatel and Hung-En Sung (Vol. Eds); Graeme R. Newman (Ed.) Crime and Punishment Around the World. The Americas, Vol. 2, pp. 322 – 328. Santa Barbara, CA/ Denver, Colorado/ USA; Oxford/UK: ABC-CLIO, LLC – Greenwood Press. Hard cover: ISBN: 978-0313- 35134-4. Paper: ISBN 978-0- 313-35137- 2; e-book ISBN: 978-0- 313-35138- 9; EISBN: 978-0- 313- 35134-1. (2010)

‘Criminal actions – copyright in the digital age.’ Criminal Law & Justice Weekly (CLJW), 174 (42), 645 – 647. ISSN 1759-7943. (2010)

‘I know what prison is really like.’ Magistrate, Sweet & Maxwell, 66(3), 8. (2010)

Papers and Public Speaking

‘What’s the point of superinjunctions? Are privacy injunctions pointless in the digital age?’ Society of Legal Scholars Annual Conference, Dublin. (2017)

Attestation of Police Officers in Surrey. Mount Brown Police HQ, Guildford. (Since 2011)

‘Will the Defamation Act 2013 make a real difference in the Internet age?’ Keynote speech at the Annual Law Society Conference, Edge Hill University, Ormskirk. (2014)

‘Crime and the Media in the UK’. Keynote speech at Panteion University, Athens. (2010)

‘Teaching to non-law students’. Teaching and learning conference at Thames Valley University, Reading Campus. (2008)

‘Purposeful activities in prison: research findings’ (presentation in German). German Prison Governors’ conference. Wagnitz Seminar, Wiesbaden.  (2008)

‘Trial by Media: teaching ‘contempt of court’ to non-lawyers’. Annual ‘Learning in Law Conference’, University of Warwick. (2008)

‘Britain behind bars: lessons from abroad’. Keynes Forum, Day Conference on prison reform, Goodenough College, London. (2007)

Sozialisierung und Rehabilitation im Vollzug: Sind Gefängnisse die Achillessehne unserer Gesellschaft?’ (‘Resocialisation and rehabilitation: are prisons the Achilles-heal of our society?’). International Penal Reform Congress, Berlin. (2007)

‘Crime and the Media: what are the British laws on contempt?’ Winning paper at the World Journalism in Education Congress, Singapore. (2007)

‘Journalism and the Law in Great Britain’, International Journalism School ‘Erich Brost Institut’, Dortmund University. (2007)


Ursula Smartt's Teaching

Ursula Smartt has lectured in law for over twenty years following the law conversion course (CPE/ Graduate Diploma in Law). Before that she was head of department for modern languages at a number of UK Comprehensive Schools and a public boarding school in Surrey. At NCH, Ursula is Course Leader for Public Law and English Legal System on the LLB. She is also the Careers Counsellor in Law, in charge of law students’ career development, linking with city law firms and Middle and Inner Temple for students who are interested in the bar.

Ursula gained her PGCE from Hull University in 1976.


Teaching Appointments

Associate Lecturer in Law, New College of the Humanities. LLB teaching and module leadership: Public Law and English Legal System. (2014 – present)

Associate Lecturer in Law, University of Surrey, Guildford. Module Convenor: Media Law (LLB Level 6) Other teaching LLB Level 4: Public and Criminal law; English Legal System. (2010 – 2018)

Associate Lecturer in Law, University of Portsmouth. Teaching: Intellectual Property Law (LLB Level 6); Public Law, Criminal Law (LLB Level 4). Dissertation Supervisor (LLB Level 6). (2009 – 2014)

Senior Lecturer in Law & Criminology, West London University. Programme Leader in Media Law on the BA Journalism; Programme Leader on BA Criminology (‘Prisons’). (1989 – 2009)


Course Development

Ursula has taught the ULIP – LLB syllabus for four years and have been in charge of the Public Law and Legal System modules. She was involved in the development of the new NCH law degree and co-wrote the course for Public Law and English Legal Systems.

She has been Law lecturer, teacher, module convenor and examiner at West London University, Portsmouth University and Surrey University and was external advisor to the re-validation of the LLB at Edgehill University, Lancashire.


Professional Activity

Mrs Smartt is a Magistrate on the Surrey and Sussex bench sitting as a chairman in adult criminal courts as well as on criminal appeals at the Crown Court in Guildford. She is a member of the Surrey & Sussex Joint Training, Appointments and Appraisal Committee (JTAAAC) and a liaison member to the Magistrates’ Association.

External Examiner (LLB) Robert Gordon University, Aberdeen (2017 – present)

‘What’s the point of superinjunctions? Are privacy injunctions pointless in the digital age?’ Society of Legal Scholars Annual Conference, Dublin (2017)

External Examiner (LLB) Bournemouth University (2014 – 2017)

‘Will the Defamation Act 2013 make a real difference in the Internet age?’ Keynote speech at the Annual Law Society Conference, Edge Hill University, Ormskirk (2014)

External Examiner (LLB) Plymouth University (2010 – 2014)

‘Crime and the Media in the UK’. Keynote speech at Panteion University, Athens (2010)


Languages Spoken

Fluent in English and German. Proficient in French, Spanish and Italian.