Professor Stuart Macdonald

About Me

My research interests lie in criminal law and counterterrorism, particularly cyberterrorism and terrorists’ use of the internet. I am a Co-Director of the University’s EPSRC-funded £7.6m CHERISH Digital Economy Centre and Director of the University’s multidisciplinary cyberterrorism research project. To date the Cyberterrorism Project has conducted a survey of the global research community, compiled a database of definitions of cyberterrorism, conducted a study of online terrorist magazines, compiled a database of news stories on cyberterrorism, hosted a NATO Advanced Research Workshop and three international symposia, and published three edited collections and five policy reports (see further www.cyberterrorism-project.org). In 2016/17 I will also be the holder of a Fulbright Cyber Security Award.

Previously I have completed projects on the construction and application of principles in counterterrorism policy, the notion that counterterrorism policy must balance security and liberty (funded by the British Academy) and Swansea’s approach to youth anti-social behaviour (funded by the Welsh Government). I have also written a number of other articles on the regulation of anti-social behaviour, considering such issues as the use of ASBOs against young people, the definition of anti-social behaviour and the classification of the ASBO as a civil remedy.

Areas of Expertise

  • Criminal law
  • Criminal justice policy
  • Counterterrorism legislation and policy
  • Cyberterrorism and terrorists' use of the internet

Publications

  1. & State Cyberterrorism: A Contradiction in Terms?. Journal of Terrorism Research 6(3), 62-75.
  2. & Analogy and Authority in Cyberterrorism Discourse: An Analysis of Global News Media Coverage. Global Society, 1-19.
  3. & Unpacking Cyberterrorism Discourse: Specificity, Status and Scale in News Media Constructions of Threat. European Journal of International Security
  4. Criminal Law: Text, Cases and Materials. London: Pearson.
  5. Assessing and Responding to the Cyberterrorism Threat. In Terrorist Use of Cyberspace and Cyber Terrorism: New Challenges and Responses. (pp. 200-209). IOS Press.

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Teaching

  • LA-362 Criminal Law for Graduate Diploma in Law regulated by the Solicitors Regulation Authority and Bar

    Conversion course for non law graduates to fulfil academic requirements of professional bodies and enable progression to those wishing to become solicitors or barristers.

  • LAA200 Criminal Law 1

    After examining a number of the criminal law’s basic principles and fundamental concepts, this fifteen credit module examines the law governing homicide offences, non-fatal offences against the person and sexual offences. As well as furthering students’ ability to analyse and apply the law to factual situations, the module develops students’ ability to independently assess and evaluate competing arguments by considering certain topics, of particular contemporary relevance, in especial detail.

  • LAA200C Cyfraith Troseddol 1

    After examining a number of the criminal law’s basic principles and fundamental concepts, this fifteen credit module examines the law governing homicide offences, non-fatal offences against the person and sexual offences. As well as furthering students’ ability to analyse and apply the law to factual situations, the module develops students’ ability to independently assess and evaluate competing arguments by considering certain topics, of particular contemporary relevance, in especial detail.

  • LAA205 Criminal Law 2

    This fifteen credit module examines the law governing property offences, intoxicated defendants, mental condition defences, substantive defences, inchoate offences and accessories. As well as furthering students’ ability to analyse and apply the law to factual situations, the module develops students’ ability to independently assess and evaluate competing arguments by considering certain topics, of particular contemporary relevance, in especial detail.

  • LAA205C Cyfraith Troseddol 2

    This fifteen credit module examines the law governing property offences, intoxicated defendants, mental condition defences, substantive defences, inchoate offences and accessories. As well as furthering students’ ability to analyse and apply the law to factual situations, the module develops students’ ability to independently assess and evaluate competing arguments by considering certain topics, of particular contemporary relevance, in especial detail.

  • LAA208 Criminal Law 2

    This ten credit module examines the law governing property offences, intoxicated defendants, mental condition defences and substantive defences. As well as furthering students’ ability to analyse and apply the law to factual situations, the module develops students’ ability to independently assess and evaluate competing arguments by considering certain topics, of particular contemporary relevance, in especial detail.

  • LAA320 Terrorism: The Legal Response

    The UK’s CONTEST strategy for countering terrorism has four strands. This module focuses on the pursue strand, the aim of which is to disrupt terrorist activity. The module begins by evaluating the UK’s statutory definition of terrorism, examining debates on the definition’s scope and clarity. It then looks at the prosecution of terrorist suspects, focussing particularly on “precursor” criminal offences and the UK’s self-imposed ban on the use of intercept as evidence in criminal trials. Where prosecution is not possible, the UK will seek to deport foreign suspected terrorists. One of the major obstacles to deportation – the Article 3 ECHR prohibition on torture or ill-treatment – is examined, along with the policy of deportation with assurances. Finally, where neither prosecution nor deportation is possible, suspected terrorists may as a last resort be issued with Terrorism Prevention and Investigation Measures. The use of these is evaluated, with particular focus on the possibility of closed sessions being held during the application process.

  • LAA340 Work Placement Research Project

    This module offers students the opportunity to complete a dissertation of no more than 10,000 words that builds upon research completed as part of of one of the College's research-based work placements. The student will have the opportunity to write up the work they completed on placement and supplement it with further independent, in-depth study under the supervision of their placement provider and an academic supervisor.

Supervision

  • Untitled (current)

    Student name:
    PhD
    Other supervisor: Dr Helen Quane
    Other supervisor: Professor Stuart Macdonald
  • The articulation and presentation of the cyberterrorist threat. (current)

    Student name:
    PhD
    Other supervisor: Professor Stuart Macdonald
    Other supervisor: Professor Nuria Lorenzo-Dus
  • The compatability of closed material proceedings with the ECHR standards of fairness (current)

    Student name:
    PhD
    Other supervisor: Dr Helen Quane
    Other supervisor: Professor Stuart Macdonald
  • Cybercrime and fraud in Wales: patterns of victimisation (current)

    Student name:
    PhD
    Other supervisor: Professor Stuart Macdonald
    Other supervisor: Professor Nuria Lorenzo-Dus
  • 'Cyberterrorism: Threat, Enemy, Response' (awarded 2016)

    Student name:
    PhD
    Other supervisor: Professor Stuart Macdonald
    Other supervisor: Professor Alan Collins
  • 'Constructing Cyber-Threats: A Foucauldian Discourse Analysis of Cyber-Threats within the Internet Security Industry' (awarded 2015)

    Student name:
    PhD
    Other supervisor: Professor Stuart Macdonald
    Other supervisor: Professor Alan Collins
  • "''We are invisible'': Exploring the nature and impact of stalking through stalking victims'' voices and experiences" (awarded 2014)

    Student name:
    PhD
    Other supervisor: Professor Kevin Haines
    Other supervisor: Professor Stuart Macdonald
  • 'The offence of familial homicide and the proper role and function of the criminal law' (awarded 2012)

    Student name:
    PhD
    Other supervisor: Professor Stuart Macdonald
    Other supervisor: Professor Richard Parry

External Responsibilities

  • Visiting Scholar, University of California, Santa Barbara

    2017 - 2017

  • Visiting Lecturer, Université de Grenoble Faculté de Droit

    2015 - 2015

  • Contributor, Westlaw UK Insight

    2014 - Present

  • Visiting Scholar, University of Sydney Law School

    2011 - 2011

  • Visiting Scholar, Columbia University Law School

    2007 - 2007

  • Fellow, Higher Education Academy

    2005 - Present

Administrative Responsibilities

  • Co-Director, CHERISH - Digital Economy Research Centre

    2016 - Present

  • Co-Lead, Research Environment - College of Law & Criminology

    2015 - Present

  • Deputy Director - Centre for Criminal Justice & Criminology, Swansea University

    2011 - Present

  • Acting Head - Department of Criminology, Swansea University

    2011 - 2012

  • Work Placements Co-ordinator, College of Law - Swansea University

    2008 - Present

  • Director of Postgraduate Research - College of Law, Swansea University

    2008 - 2011

Key Grants and Projects

  • Fulbright Cyber Security Award 2016 - 2017

    Fulbright Commission, $15,000

  • Advanced Research Workshop on terrorists’ use of the Internet 2016 - 2016

    NATO Emerging Security Challenges Division, with Maura Conway, €45,000

  • Cybercrime in Wales 2015 - 2019

    ESRC 0.5 PhD Studentship, £36,000

  • The CHERISH-DE Centre 2015 - 2020

    EPSRC, with PI: Prof Matt Jones, £3,091,610

  • Symposium on terrorists’ use of the Internet 2014 - 2014

    US Office for Naval Research Global, Collaborative Science Program, £1771

  • Symposium on terrorists’ use of the Internet 2014 - 2014

    Curtin University Countering Violent Extremism research funding, £5875

  • Multidisciplinary Cyberterrorism Conference 2013 - 2013

    NATO Public Diplomacy Programme, with Lee Jarvis, Thomas Chen, £3844

  • Multidisciplinary Cyberterrorism Conference 2013 - 2013

    US Office for Naval Research Global, Collaborative Science Program, with Lee Jarvis, Thomas Chen, £7685

  • Cyberterrorism: A Multidisciplinary Approach 2012 - 2013

    Bridging The Gaps Escalator Funding, with with Lee Jarvis, Thomas Chen, £4880

  • The Articulation and Presentation of the Threat of Cyberterrorism 2012 - 2016

    ESRC 0.5 PhD Studentship, £36,000

  • Swansea’s Tiered Approach to Youth Anti-Social Behaviour 2009 - 2010

    Welsh Government New Ideas Fund, with Simon Hoffman, £9625

  • Balancing Defendants’ Rights and Victims’ Interests 2006 - 2007

    British Academy Small Research Grant, £4217

Awards

Nominated for LawCareers.Net Law Lecturer of the Year award, 2016

Nominated for Oxford University Press Law Lecturer of the Year Award, 2016

Outstanding Contribution to Student Employability Award, Swansea Employability Academy, 2015

Runner-Up, Outstanding Impact in Law and Public Policy, Swansea University Impact Awards, 2015

Nominated for Swansea University Excellence in Learning and Teaching Award, 2015

Runner-Up, Swansea University Research Community Award, (The Cyberterrorism Project), 2013

Runner-Up, Swansea University Research as Art Competition, (The Cyberterrorism Project), 2013

Pro Vice Chancellor’s Award for Promoting Student Employability, 2013

Nominated for LawCareers.Net Law Lecturer of the Year award, 2012

Nominated for Swansea University Excellence in Learning and Teaching Award, 2012

 

 

Innovation and Engagement activities

  • Director, NATO Advanced Research Workshop on Terrorists’ Use of the Internet (June 2016)
  • Summer Work Placements Coordinator (including research placements with organizations such as the Youth Justice Board for Wales) 2008 - 2015
  • Member, Advisory Board, European Centre for Information Policy and Security
  • Member, Organization Committee, NATO Advanced Training Course on Terrorists’ Use of Cyberspace (December 2014)
  • Convener, Symposium on Terrorists’ Use of the Internet, Swansea University, June 2014 (attendees included representatives from the Home Office and South Wales Police’s Cybercrime Unit)
  • Speaker, NATO Advanced Training Course on Terrorists’ Use of Cyberspace (Ankara, November 2013)