Dr Ruth Atkins

BA (Hons) Law&Criminal Justice, LLM (International Business Law), PhD (Wales), PGCE (HE), FHEA, PhD (Wales)

Dr Ruth Atkins


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After completing her first degree Ruth worked in commercial management in the IT and international banking and financial services industries, responsible through a range of roles for contract negotiation and project management. After her LLM in Aberystwyth she received a scholarship to conduct her PhD research on Contractual Liability for Defective Software and she is now a Lecturer in Law.
She enjoys walking, learning, chocolate, and spending time with her family.

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Fellow of Higher Education Academy. 2013 Recipient of Law and Criminology Teaching Excellence Award. Member of Society of Computers and Law. Member of Society of Legal Scholars.


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Postgraduate Supervision:

  • I have supervised and examined research students in the fields of copyright law, consumer protection, contract law, and commerce and I have served as a PGCTHE Assessor at University Level.

In September 2013, I was pleased to receive our Departmental Teaching Excellence Award.


Contracts for supplying information technology and computing systems, drawing on various aspects of contract, commercial and intellectual property law. Business-to-business software contracts. Consumer protection measures for digital content.


Accessing humanities research in a digital environmentMcLeod, L., Broady-Preston, J. & Atkins, R. D. 2014 In : Procedia - Social and Behavioral Sciences.147, p. 140-1466 p.
Koffman & Macdonald's Law of ContractMacdonald, E. & Atkins, R. D. 2014 8th ed.Oxford University Press. 592 p.
Contract classification and the implications of change: software, computers and the law of implied terms.Atkins, R. 2013 In : Journal of Contract Law.30, 2, p. 156-17722 p.
Software plus law equals bugs galore!Atkins, R. D. 2013 In : Web Journal of Current Legal Issues.19, 2
Copyright, contract and the protection of computer programsAtkins, R. D. 2009 In : International Review of Law, Computers and Technology.23, 1-2, p. 143-15210 p.
Unfair Terms in Computer ContractsAtkins, R. D. 2008 E-Contracts: Emerging Dimensions. Padmavathi, L. (ed.). ICFAI Press, p. 55-6814 p. (Amicus Books)
The Questionable Usefulness of Contract Law in a Business EnvironmentAtkins, R. 2006 From Small Firms to Multinationals: Industrial, Entrepreneurial, Managerial, Financial, Fiscal, Transaction Cost and Consumer Perspectives in the Era of Globalisation. Salavrakos, I-D. (ed.). Athens Institute for Education and Research
Software contracts and the acceptance testing procedureAtkins, R. 2005 In : Computer Law and Security Review.21, 1, p. 51-555 p.
Co-op Group v. ICL: Loyalty scheme pays 'Dividend' for supplierAtkins, R. 2004 In : International Journal of Law and Information Technology.12, 2, p. 157-16711 p.
Computer Contracts: Capturing Requirements and Apportioning ResponsibilitiesAtkins, R. 2003 In : International Review of Law, Computers and Technology.17, 2, p. 219 - 23012 p.
Matching expectations in computer contracts - what expectations ?Atkins, R. 2003 In : Amicus Curiae.2003, 47, p. 30-323 p.