Kent Law School

Critical perspectives research led teaching




Alan obtained his PhD from the University of Kent in 2005. He has been teaching on the Obligations team since 2005. He has also taught on the International Business Transactions, Business Law, and Intellectual Property Law undergraduate modules, and the Information Technology module on the Masters programme. He has been a visiting lecturer at City University London, Middlesex University and the University of Surrey. He completed his Postgraduate Certificate in Higher Education in 2011.


Major Interests

Alan's research interests include Privacy and Data Protection, Asbestos related issues,  Information and Communication Law and International Commercial Law, and new developing technologies such as Drones. 

He has appeared on BBC Television News, BBC Watchdog programme, BBC South East News and BBC Look North discussing drones. He has also been interviewed by BBC Radio Sussex, BBC Radio Kent, BBC Radio Oxford, BBC Radio Berkshire, BBC Radio Suffolk, BBC Radio Lincolnshire, BBC Radio Surrey and BBC Radio Devon on issues relating to drones and privacy. His drone related work has also been mentioned in articles in the Guardian, New York Times, BBC Online Website, Miami Herlad, Brisbane Times, and the Sydney Morning Herald. He has also helped BBC News, the BBC Breakfast programme, and BBC Crimewatch Roadshow with drone related stories.

The House of Lords EU Internal Market Committee in its Report on the Civil use of drones referred to Evidence Alan had provided, and in the subsequent House of Lords debate on the Report, Alan and his research were again mentioned. Alan was also quoted In the House of Commons Transport Committee's Report into Operation Stack in June 2016.

He was recently invited to be an expert participant in a Drone Public Dialogue event organised on behalf of the Ministry of Defence and Department of Transport that is being used to help develop Government drone policies, he is also a member of Kent Police's Drone Development Board.

Some examples of Alan's media appearances are here.

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Also view these in the Kent Academic Repository

Mckenna, A. (2016). Asbestos caused Lung Cancer: An issue ripe for review. Journal of Personal Injury Law.
Mckenna, A. (2015). New Research Petition. Mesothelioma UK Newsletter.
Mckenna, A. (2015). Research funding data highlights weak level of Mesothelioma funding. Mesothelioma UK Newsletter.
Mckenna, A. (2014). Drones: Not just about Data. Computers and Law [Website] 24.
Mckenna, A. (2012). Assessing PSLA damages for mesothelioma victims. Solicitors Journal [Online] 156. Available at:
Mckenna, A. (2012). Mesothelioma ruling opens door to future claims. Solicitors Journal [Online] 156. Available at:
Mckenna, A. (2012). When a parent company may be liable in negligence for the acts of its subsidiary (Accepting responsibility). Solicitors Journal 156.
Mckenna, A. (2012). The Legal Outlook in 2012 for Asbestos Claimants. British Asbestos Newsletter [Online]. Available at:
Book section
Mckenna, A. (2016). The Public Acceptance Challenge and Its Implications for the Developing Civil Drone Industry. in: Custers, B. ed. The Future of Drone Use: Oppotunities and Threats from Ethical and Legal Perspectives. Springer. Available at:
Mckenna, A. (2012). Profiling and manipulating Human behaviour: a core contemporary privacy concern. in: Bottis, M. ed. Values and Freedoms in Modern Information Law and Ethics. Nomiki Vivliothik.
Mckenna, A. (2012). The right to communicate - a continuing victim of historical links to the NWICO and UNESCO? in: Frau-Meigs, D. et al. eds. From NWICO to WSIS: 30 Years of Communication Geopolitics. Intellect Books.
Conference or workshop item
Mckenna, A. (2018). Public perceptions and acceptance of drones, and the question of regulatory effectiveness. in: Cambridge Wireless Future Devices & Technologies SIG and Security event - Drones: the Good, the Bad and the Scary.
Mckenna, A. (2018). The future for UK drones policy - regulation, innovation and commercial application. in: Westminster eForum.. Available at:
Mckenna, A. (2017). A critical analysis of issues across the asbestos spectrum. in: Boyes Turner Mesothelioma and Lung Cancer Study Day.
Mckenna, A. (2016). Media coverage of drones and strategies for improving public perception. in: Commercial UAV Show.
Mckenna, A. (2013). Who's watching the watchers: A perspective on contemporary profiling. in: Kent Critical Law Conference.
Mckenna, A. (2012). The new mesothelioma battleground - the issue of breach? in: The Society of Legal Scholars Annual Conference.
Internet publication
Mckenna, A. (2018). Urgent questions for the MoD and Government to Answer Following the Disclosure of the Sea King Helicopter Asbestos Alert [article]. Available at:
Mckenna, A. (2017). UK Government Drone Proposals [article]. Available at:
Mckenna, A. (2016). Crucial Unanswered Questions Remain in Amazon's Pre-Christmas UK Drone Delivery Announcement [Article]. Available at:
Mckenna, A. (2016). Are the Danger From Drones for Manned Aircraft Exaggerated and Should We Be More Concerned Over the Use of Lasers? [Webpage]. Available at:
Mckenna, A. (2016). The Eagle Has Landed - A Bald Drone Story or an Important Pointer On Drone Control? [Website]. Available at:
Mckenna, A. (2016). Action Mesothelioma Day - The 5000 Deaths That Go Unreported [Online newspaper]. Available at:
Mckenna, A. (2015). Operation Stack - A Story of Inept Governance [Website]. Available at:
Mckenna, A. (2015). The Forgotten Issue behind an Assisted Suicide. [Website]. Available at:
Mckenna, A. (2015). The Public Acceptance Challenge Facing Civil Drone Use [Web]. Available at:
Mckenna, A. (2012). Hacking, raspberry jam and the power of PSI: on the deeper meaning of IP [article]. Available at:
Mckenna, A. (2012). The magic box of Facebook [Online]. Available at:
Mckenna, A. (2012). ACTA and the EU - the story so far [Online]. Available at:
Mckenna, A. (2011). 'Hackgate' - the story so far [Online]. Available at:
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Teaching and Supervision

Undergraduate modules

  • The Law of Obligations
  • Business Law
  • Dissertation supervision

Postgraduate modules

  • IBT (convenor)
  • Computer Law
  • Professional Responsibility


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Other Academic Activities

Alan blogs at

Professional Societies

Associate Member of the Association of Corporate Treasurers.

European Communication Research and Education Association (ECREA).

Society for Computers and Law.

Society of Legal Scholars.

The Association of Personal Injury Lawyers.

Fellow of The Higher Education Academy.


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