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Research associate, Queen Mary University of London

Dave Michels is a researcher at Queen Mary University of London with an interest in data ownership and digital assets.

He joined the Centre for Commercial Law Studies in July 2017 to work on the Microsoft-funded Cloud Legal Project. He is currently conducting full-time research on various legal aspects of cloud computing, with a particular interest in intellectual property, data protection, and privacy.

The project is funded by a generous charitable donation from the Microsoft Corporation. He wishes to thank co-authors Jean Bacon, Christopher Millard, and Jat Singh.


  • 2017–present
    Researcher, Queen Mary University of London
  • 2014–2017
    Strategy and Policy Associate, Ofcom
  • 2009–2013
    Legal Officer, The United Nations


  • 2014 
    London School of Economics, LLM in Intellectual Property Law


  • 2018
    Blockchain Demystified: A Technical and Legal Introduction to Distributed and Centralised Ledgers, Richmond Journal of Law and Technology