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Alison Knight , 2015

Research Fellow (ILAWS), Postgraduate Research Student

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I am an experienced lawyer, who has returned to university to engage in research via a PhD in Internet law with the Law School and the University of Southampton’s Web Science Doctoral Training Centre. I chose Southampton because it is known for its expertise in both areas.

Issues around the Web and the law, such as digital identity, data protection and privacy, interest me. Because technology is moving so fast, it is difficult for the law to keep up. As part of my PhD, I am working with the University’s multidisciplinary Super Identity research project, giving legal advice to the team.

My background is a little unusual. I graduated from the University of Oxford with a BA (Hons) in Philosophy and Theology, followed by a two year fast-track law degree and legal practice qualification, before training to become a solicitor in commercial law at a London city law firm. I spent some years working and living in Brussels where I specialised in competition law, then returned home for a job and further study with the Government legal service. More recently, I have worked for a number of years for a large commercial law firm in its Southampton-based office.

I have an LLM from Southampton and also took an MSc in Web Science here to prepare myself for the social science and technological elements of the PhD.

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