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The University of Southampton
Interdisciplinary Centre for Law, Internet and Culture (iCLIC)


Working across the disciplines to further understanding.

Members of iCLIC/ILAWS work with a wide range of colleagues both within the University of Southampton and externally to further knowledge of Internet law.

Dr Eleonora Rosati is a Door Tenant at specialist intellectual property (IP) set 8 New Square in London. She is also the Editor of the Journal of Intellectual Property Law & Practice (OUP) and a long-standing contributor to popular IP blogs The IPKat and The 1709 Blog. In 2018 Managing Intellectual Property included Eleonora in the list of ’50 Most Infuential People in IP’. The list list recognizes individuals who are shaping IP law, policy and business throughout the world. It has typically included an array of in-house counsel, judges, officials and academics, as well as celebrities that have had a particularly big recent impact on IP.

Professor Sophie Stalla-Bourdillon was a member of the MSI-NET expert group on intermediary liability (2016-2017) formed by the Council of Europe. She is a member of the Observatory of the platform economy formed by the EU Commission (2018-2019). Sophie works with a wide range of industry partners, in particular consortium partners from the FutureTrust Horizon 2020 research project or the Data Pitch Horizon 2020 innovation programme.

Outside the University we have several key collaborations:

Professor Steve Saxby took part in a UK Government ‘Foresight Future of Identity Scoping Workshop' in London in January 2012  at the invitation of the Government Office for Science. This is a one year project looking at the Future of Identity over the next 10 years. Further participation in this policy development is anticipated.

Professor Ian Lloyd regularly lectures in Rwanda and Tanzania. He has taken part in an IP workshop in Moscow and has also taken part in CoReach Workshops in Utrecht, Beijing, Hamburg and London. He has also taught at international summer schools in Vienna, Xian, Nanjing and Shanghai. 
Professor David Mellor OBE is the global academic link to the International Telecommunications Union and is frequently abroad in his capacity as Chair of the UK Telecommunications Academy (UKTA). The UKTA is an associate member of the ITU and provides advice and assistance to students from developing countries in securing education at UK universities. He teaches regularly in Rwanda and Tanzania and has chaired an ITU conference in Burundi.

Francis Aldhouse CBE is both consultant to the law firm, Bird & Bird, and adviser on public policy developments relating to information rights matters, especially privacy and data protection.  He regularly presides and speaks at training conferences and writes articles for specialist data protection and privacy publications.   


The International Association of IT Lawyers (IAITL) is an international association of lawyers and legal practitioners with an interest in IT law. It seeks to promote study and research through international conferences, networking, publication of member's research works, job announcements and the provision of internet resources.


All of our academic staff are active in research. Their findings inform senior policy-makers.

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