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Associate Professor in Cyberlaw; Chair, BILETA, University of Leeds

The focus of my research and writing is on “emerging technologies”, especially in the context of the “regulation of cyberspace”. My scholarship focuses on the regulatory challenges and gaps brought about by the development, use and ubiquitousness of such technologies, in what for many is the unique legal environment of the internet. I reject romantic abstractions about the transformative power of Internet. As a “realist” I care about the opportunities created by these technologies, in particular ensuring an effective adaptive regulatory framework. I continuously question the political and economic power that technologies offer – a power that can be seized and bought and sold. Who will own these technologies? Who will control them? Who will be ethically responsible for their application and use? My research tends to be provocative and looks beyond the customary practices and usual paradigms and inevitable has to embrace contours of new legal architectures.

Experience

  • –present
    Associate Professor in Cyberlaw, University of Leeds
  • 2003–2009
    Lecturer, Queen's University Belfast

Education

  • 2003 
    Liverpool John Moores University, PhD

Publications

  • 2020
    Restoring Trust into the NHS: promoting data protection as an ‘architecture of custody’ for the sharing of data in direct care, International Journal of Law and Information Technology
  • 2020
    Next Generation Privacy, Information & Communications Technology Law
  • 2020
    Legal framework for small autonomous agricultural robots, AI and Society
  • 2018
    Regulation for E-payment Systems - Analytical Approaches Beyond Private Ordering, Journal of African Law
  • 2017
    International Direct Taxation and E-Commerce: A Catalyst for Reform?, NUJS Law Review
  • 2016
    Privacy and Healthcare Data: 'Choice of Control' to 'Choice' and 'Control' , Routledge
  • 2013
    Information Revolution: “Choice of Control” to “Choice and Control, International Review of Law Computers and Technology,
  • 2012
    Privacy Protection: A Tale of Two Cultures, Masaryk University Journal of Law and Technology
  • 2012
    Older people and legal advice – the need for joined up and creative approaches, Journal of Social Welfare and Family Law
  • 2012
    Stalking the Stranger in Web 2.0: A Contemporary Regulatory Analysis, European Journal of Law and Technology
  • 2010
    Providing Legal Information and Advice to Older People: as much a question of accessibility as affordability, European Journal of Law and Technology

Grants and Contracts

  • 2019
    MOdify Drivers’ behaviour to Adapt for Lower EmissionS (MODALES)
    Role:
    Co-Investigator
    Funding Source:
    EU Horizon 2020
  • 2019
    Enhance driver behaviour and Public Acceptance of Connected and Autonomous vehicLes (PASCAL)
    Role:
    Co-Investigator
    Funding Source:
    EU Horizon 2020
  • 2015
    CRITiCaL - Combatting cRiminals In The Cloud
    Role:
    Co-Investigator
    Funding Source:
    EPSRC
  • 2014
    Review of Legislation and Policy Guidance relating to Adult Social Care in Northern Ireland
    Role:
    Co-Investigator
    Funding Source:
    COPNI
  • 2012
    Crossing Borders and Barriers: How Older Adults Access Legal Advice and Information for Effective Justice
    Role:
    Co-Investigator
    Funding Source:
    Borchard Foundation Center on Law & Aging
  • 2009
    Hub Websites for Youth Participation
    Role:
    Co-Investigator
    Funding Source:
    EU
  • 2008
    Digital Divide, Ageing and Online Legal Advice
    Role:
    PI
    Funding Source:
    Changing Ageing Partnership

Honours

Hind Rattan Award-2020 (Jewel of India)