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Sophie Stalla-Bourdillon

Associate Professor in IT and IP law, Director of iLaws, University of Southampton

Sophie graduated from Panthéon-Assas University (Paris II, France). She holds a Master degree in English and North-American Business Law from Panthéon-Sorbonne University (Paris I, France) and a LLM degree from Cornell law School (NY, USA). She qualified as a lawyer, at the New-York bar in 2003.

Sophie is an Associate Professor in Information Technology and Intellectual Property Law at the University of Southampton, UK. She is the Director of Ilaws, the Institute for the Law and the Web, and its new core on Law, Internet and Culture ‘iCLIC’. She is a member of the Southampton Centre of excellence in Cybersecurity and the Web Science Institute.

Sophie specialises in IT related issues and in particular the impact of traditional bodies of law and fundamental rights and liberties upon Internet regulation. She has been researching and writing on the liability of Internet intermediaries such as Internet service providers, Web 2.0 platforms, search engines, on the legal implications of deep packet inspection practices implemented by Internet service providers, and on the role of hosting providers in relation to malicious webpages. She has recently co-authored a book on Privacy versus Security published by Springer.

She is now exploring the challenges raised by the Internet of things focusing upon operational trustworthiness enabling technologies (FP7 OPTET) and the implications of data enrichment in a digital age (The Ordnance Survey Data Enrichment Project).

Sophie is the creator of Peep Beep! (, a blog dedicated to privacy and information security law.


  • –present
    Lecturer in IT and IP law, University of Southampton