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Bernard Keenan

  • Overview



    Dr Bernard Keenan is from Belfast and lives in London. He joined Birkbeck in 2017 having completed his PhD in law at the London School of Economics. Prior to his PhD he worked for five years at Wilson Solicitors in Tottenham, representing migrants and refugees and working on complex national security cases. He has published articles on law and politics in newspapers and has discussed national security, immigration, and surveillance powers on television and radio. 


    • PhD, LSE, 2017
    • LLM , LSE, 2008
    • LLB Law and Politics, Queen's University Belfast, 2006

    Professional memberships

    • Solicitor (not practising)


  • Research


    Research interests

    • Law and technology
    • Law, secrecy, and security
    • Artificial Intelligence
    • Social theory
    • Systems theory
    • Public law
  • Supervision and teaching

    Supervision and teaching


    Proposals for doctoral research are welcomed from students interested in thinking critically at the intersection of law and technology, human rights, and social theory. 

    Current doctoral researchers



    Teaching modules

    • Digital Surveillance (LALW015S7)
    • Secrecy, National Security, and the Law (Level 5) (LALW018H5)
    • Critical Approaches to Technology (LALW059S7)
    • Trusts Law (LALW097H6)
    • Equity and Trusts (GDL) (LALW117H6)
  • Publications



    Book Section

    • Keenan, Bernard (2022) Death. In: Goodrich, P. and Gandorfer, D. (eds.) Research Handbook on Law and Literature. Research Handbooks in Legal Theory. Edward Elgar. pp. 339. ISBN 9781839102257.
    • Keenan, Bernard (2021) Carrier Bag Law. In: Goodrich, P. and Zartlaoudis, T. (eds.) The Cabinet of Imaginary Laws. Discourses of Law. Routledge. ISBN 9780367566586.
  • Business and community

    Business and community


    I am happy to receive enquiries from the media on the following topics:

    • National security law
    • Law and new technologies
    • Surveillance
    • Systems theory


      • Consultancies and expert advice

        Consultant researcher on international legal arrangements regarding surveillance powers and telecommunications services.