The University of Southampton
The Institute for Law and the Web (ILAWS)

Who we are

ILAWS was established as a research centre in 2006 to examine the legal issues, problems and opportunities associated with the Internet, the web and digital technology. It now has six full time members of staff, four visiting research fellows and several research students.

Our academics research key areas of IT and intellectual property law, writing textbooks and articles for leading journals. We work closely with colleagues in the University of Southampton and beyond in disciplines such as cyber security, psychology, web science etc.

Making an impact

Digital technologies play a major part in our lives. ILAWS academics research matters as diverse as cyber security, terrorism and Internet child pornography.

Outstanding academic lawyers

Our expertise in IT and intellectual property law is respected across the UK, Europe and the world. We write the textbooks and contribute to important debates in this fast-moving area of law.

Key facts

The University of Southampton was the first to teach an undergraduate course in computer law. Professor Steve Saxby introduced the subject in 1980.

Alumnus contributes his expertise

Law School alumnus Kit Burden, who leads for DLA Piper in the firm's global technology work, has joined the professional board of the academic journal Computer Law and Security Review which is edited by Professor Steve Saxby, Director of ILAWS.

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