Paul with a young lion....
I was born and brought up in Cambridge, and educated at Parkside Community College and Hills Road Sixth Form College, before taking my first degree at Pembroke College, University of Cambridge, in Mathematics. I then trained as a Chartered Accountant with Coopers & Lybrand (now PWC), qualifying in 1990. My subsequent work included working in the Regulatory and Standards department of the Head Office of Reuters Limited, doing pioneering work in the internet in the early 1990s, including setting up and running the first online real-time education system for children to operate in the UK, and an EU funded community access internet system in rural South Devon. In the 2000s, I was Director of Finance and Resources at the Revolving Doors Agency, a leading charity dealing with mental health and criminal justice, before returning to academia, completing a Masters in Human Rights at the LSE, passing with distinction.
In 2007, I began my PhD, under Professor Conor Gearty and Mr (now Professor) Andrew Murray, working in the developing field of human rights on the internet, funded by a Doctoral Grant from the Arts and Humanities Research Council. I completed my PhD in March 2012.
I took up my post as Lecturer at the UEA Law School in March 2011.
My non-profit and voluntary activities have included helping found the Burma Action Group (now Burma Campaign UK (www.burmacampaign.org.uk)), acting as a facitator at the at International Children’s Peace Festival in Lillehammer, Norway, and in a series of conflict resolution workshops for children from all ethnic groups of former Yugoslavia held at Appelhof, Austria, 1993-1994. I was also the co-author (with Sarah McCrum) of “Interviewing children”, a training pack for journalists, 1994, funded by UNICEF and Save the Children and based on the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child.