Dr Sinéad Agnew

No image provided

Contact details

Dr Sinéad Agnew
LLB (TCD), M Jur (Oxon), M Phil (Cantab), PhD (LSE), FHEA
Position/Fellowship type:
Visiting Research Fellow
Fellowship term:
Institute of Advanced Legal Studies
Home institution:
University College London
Email address:

Research Summary and Profile

Research interests:
Summary of research interests and expertise:
Equity and trusts; property law; contract law; private law theory and history
Project summary relevant to Fellowship:
WG Hart Workshop 2019, Pensions: Law, Policy and Practice
Publication Details

Publications available on SAS-space:

Date Details
Feb-2016 Censorship and National Security: Information Control in the Second World War and Present Day


The recent criminal trials of Erol Incedal on terrorism-related charges, in which central details were kept secret from the public, suggests a lack of clarity about information control in a contemporary context. It is legitimate to restrict information in the interest of national security, but only where this is strictly necessary and when safeguards exist to maintain open justice and freedom of expression. The British experience of security censorship during the Second World War provides a compelling case study of information control in an otherwise open society that should be used to inform future policy. The self-regulated system adopted during the Second World War ensured considerable press freedom, but was hindered by a lack of planning and poor co-ordination between the press and competing authorities. The Second World War case study suggests that information control procedures will always be contentious but that they can be made more successful through careful planning and co-ordination, the involvement of a broad range of representatives, and an awareness of the public interest in imparting and receiving information. Both the historic and contemporary case studies indicate that information control in an open society will rely upon a degree of self-regulation and require clear guidelines, co-operation, and opportunities for dialogue.

Special issue - Beyond clickbait and commerce: The ethics, possibilities and challenges of not-for-profit media


This special issue of Ethical Space explores the ethical dilemmas arising in the turbulent journalistic environment created by digital transformation and its impact on the traditional media business model.

Mar-2016 The United Kingdom: The impact of charity and tax law/regulation on not-for-profit news organizations


To access this document please visit: http://bit.ly/29tg4s8. This is the UK chapter from a report published jointly by the Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism, University of Oxford, and the Information Society Project, Yale University, edited by Picard, R. Belair-Gagnon, V. and Ranchordás, S. About the report: The advent of digital media means that many news organisations are re-thinking their business models, and facing new challenges. But one sector which has seen growth, is the not-for-profit start up industry. In a new report, published jointly by the Reuters Institute and the Information Society Project at Yale University, Robert H Picard, the RISJ’s North America Representative and colleagues examine the legal framework in which these operate in. Picard, along with Valerie Belair-Gagnon and Sofia Ranchordás (both Yale University), studies the challenges thrown up by legal systems which don’t include journalistic activities within the concept of ‘charitable status’. “Legal and regulatory definitions of charitable purposes hinder news organisations from achieving charitable and tax exempt status and receiving the associated benefits in Australia, Canada, Ireland, the United Kingdom, and the United States,” says Picard. Drawing on the regulatory systems of Australia, Canada, Ireland, The UK and The US, the report sets out to gain a clearer understanding of the legal frameworks for charitable and tax exempt status for news organisations and the distinct challenges that may hinder their development. This is the UK chapter of a co-edited report. Citation: Townend, J. 2016. ‘The United Kingdom: The impact of charity and tax law/regulation on not-for-profit news organizations’. In The impact of charity and tax law/regulation on not-for-profit news organizations, edited by Picard, R. Belair-Gagnon, V. and Ranchordás, S. Oxford/Yale: Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism / Information Society Project, Yale Law School.

Back to top