Dr Eliza Watt is a lecturer in law at Middlesex University currently teaching at postgraduate and undergraduate levels Law of the International Sale of Goods (LLM), International Commercial Litigation and Arbitration (LLM), English and International Commercial Law (LLB), Tort Law (LLB) and English Legal System (LLB). Prior to joining Middlesex University Dr Watt taught International Dispute Resolution (LLM) and Commercial Law and Transactions (LLB) at Bournemouth University and was a Visiting Lecturer at Westminster University, London.
She obtained the LLB, LLM and LLM degrees from University of Westminster and King’s College London and is a non-practicing barrister called to the Bar at the Honourable Society of the Inner Temple. Having worked as an environmental consultant, Dr Watt returned to academia and was awarded the degree of Doctor of Philosophy in the Autumn of 2017 for her PhD thesis titled 'Cyberspace, Surveillance, Law and Privacy'.
Dr Watt specialises in cyber surveillance and human rights under international and national law, in particular the right to privacy of communications. Her other areas of interest include cyber security, cyber crime, internet governance and public international law. Her work has been cited by the UN in the report titled 'Voluntary, Non-Legally Binding Norms for Responsible State Behaviour in the Use of Information and Communication Technologies' published in 2018. She has presented her research at a number of international conferences, including NATO 2017 9th International Conference on Cyber Conflict: Defending the Core, at University College London, University of Hull and University of Westminster. Dr Watt has published in peer-reviewed journals, including the International Journal of Human Rights and NATO’s Cooperative Cyber Defence Centre of Excellence, Tallinn, Estonia.
Her current research concerns matters related to cyber security and democratic processes with respect to both State and non-State actors.