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Professor Sophie Stalla-Bourdillon  PhD (EUI), LLM (Cornell), DEA (Paris I), Maitrise (Paris II)

Professor in Information Technology and Data Governance

Professor Sophie Stalla-Bourdillon

Professor Sophie Stalla-Bourdillon is a Professor in Information Technology Law and Data Governance within Southampton Law School at the University of Southampton and Senior Privacy Counsel and Legal Engineer at Immuta.

Her research focuses upon platform responsibility, data governance and data sharing models, and privacy and data protection, with a special emphasis on the legal and ethical implications of data operations within analytics environments.

Sophie has been involved in various data-sharing initiatives such as the EU-funded accelerator Data Pitch and has led the legal work of numerous projects including FP7 OPTET, Horizon 2020 FutureTrust, and EPSRC PLEAD. Sophie has acted as an expert for the Organisation for the Cooperation and Security in Europe (in the field of intermediary liability) and for the Organisation for Economic Development and Cooperation (in the field of data protection, research data and anonymisation). She was part of the expert group formed by the Council of Europe on intermediary liability MSI-NET (2016-2018) and a member of the expert group to the EU Observatory on the Online Platform Economy formed by the European Commission in (2018-2020).

She is Editor-in-Chief of the Computer Law and Security Review, a leading international journal of technology law and practice.

Research interests

Her research interests are in Information Technology (IT) law and in particular data protection, privacy, information security, anonymisation, intermediary liability and more generally the impact of traditional bodies of law and fundamental rights and liberties upon Internet regulation.


Primary research group

Institute for Law and the Web

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Intellectual Property law (LLB)

Internet law (LLM)

Professor Sophie Stalla-Bourdillon
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