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

Associate Professor in Information Technology and Intellectual Property Law, Director of ILAWS

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Dr Sophie Stalla-Bourdillon is Associate Professor in Information Technology / Intellectual Property Law within Southampton Law School at the University of Southampton, specialising in Information Technology related issues. She is the Director of ILAWS, the Institute for Law and the Web and its new core iCLIC. She is a member of the Southampton Cybersecurity Centre of Excellence as well as a member of the Web Science Institute.

Sophie is the author of several legal articles, book chapters and books on intermediary liability, data protection and privacy, information security and intellectual property. She has been researching and writing on the liability of Internet intermediaries such as Internet service providers, Web 2.0 platforms, search engines, on the legal implications of deep packet inspection practices implemented by Internet service providers, on the role of hosting providers in relation to malicious webpages, on the standardization of privacy policies and on anonymisation practices.

Sophie is part of the senior program committee of the Web Science conference.

She is extensively involved in diverse research and consulting. She led the legal work conducted for the purposes of the FP7 research project on operational trustworthiness enabling technologies (FP7 OPTET) examining the implications of a trustworthiness-by-design approach to be applied from the design phase and comparing it with other value-by-design approaches such as the data-protection-by-design approach to be found in the proposed General Data Protection Regulation. She also worked on the legal implications of data enrichment practices for the purposes of the Ordnance Survey Data Enrichment Project and contributed to produce a set of recommendations to make Ordnance Survey’s business model adapt to the digital age. She will now further explore data situation models relying in part on anonymisation and pseudonymisation practices and their implications for data protection obligations for a 3-year research project on anonymisation practices as well as assess legal requirements for the Horizon 2020 FutureTrust research project on interoperability eID and trust services and develop data sharing best practices for incubating services for the Horizon 2020 Data Pitch research project.

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 is part of the expert group formed by the Council of Europe on intermediary liability.

Sophie is the creator of Peep Beep!, a blog dedicated to privacy and information law. Her posts regularly appear on Inforrm's (The International Forum for Responsible Media) blog.





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



Book Chapters



Intellectual Property law (LLB)

Internet law (LLM)

Dr Sophie Stalla-Bourdillon
Faculty of Business, Law and Art, Building 4 University of Southampton Highfield Southampton SO17 1BJ UK

Room Number:4/2033

Telephone:(023) 8059 3414

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