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Archived Projects, News and Events
(1) Privacy and data protection

Modern Technologies, Privacy Law and the Dead

Leverhulme Grant (Sept 2020 – December 2023)

This project problematizes the lack of privacy of the dead in light of recent innovations in information, communication and biomedical technologies and their capacity for widespread distribution and immortalisation of data relating to the dead.

Southampton PI: Dr Remigius Nwabueze

Southampton CO-I: Prof Uta Kohl

Co-Investigator: Dr Edina, Aston University

Co-Investigator: Prof Lilian Edward, University of Newcastle


(2) AI

NoBIAS – Artificial Intelligence without Bias

Marie Skłodowska-Curie Innovative Training Network (ITN) (Jan 2020 – Dec 2022)

The core objective of NoBIAS is to research and develop novel methods for AI-based decision making without bias. NoBIAS will deliver a cohort of 15 researchers trained to identify biased and discriminating AI-decision making and able to provide solutions that reconcile and fully exploit AI while ensuring compliance with legal and social norms.

PI: Prof S. Staab, ECS
Co-Investigator: Dr Thanassis Tiropanis, ECS

Southampton Co-I: Dr Stephanie Law, Prof Uta Kohl LAW

Plus international partners


(3) Consumer protection

Comparative Procedural Law and Justice

Funder: Max Planck Institute (Fonds national de la Recherche de Luxembourg)

This is project on comparative procedural law, which has a section on which I will be working concerning special subject matters, encompassing the digitalisation of dispute resolution (in the fields of IP, data protection, consumer law etc)

Co-Investigator: Dr Stephanie Law


(4) Open Society Foundation, Justice Initiative Abusive Lending Working Group

This is an ongoing endeavour on consumer protection and abusive lending, particularly in the field of mortgage loans, and includes an online dispute resolution to process.

Co-Investigator: Dr Stephanie Law

 

The Law and Technology Centre (LTC) seeks to maintain and enhance the long-standing reputation of Southampton Law School as a vibrant hub of law and technology research activities. The Centre brings together colleagues from various private and public law fields with interests in the intersection of law and technology. The Centre allows its members to explore research synergies and collaboratively respond to current socio-technological and rapidly unfolding legal developments through conferences, workshops, grant applications, edited journals and collections. The Centre also integrates UG and PG students in some of those activities, and not just as audiences.
The Law and Technology Centre is outward-looking in so far as its activities routinely draw on external speakers, contributors and audiences and those activities will be publicised here. In short, the Centre contributes to the production of high-quality outputs, generates impact, and adds to the wider research environment, and to keep Southampton Law School's national and international reputation as an energetic place for law and technology research.

Members Research Interests
Dr Michael de Silva (Joint acting Director) Michael’s primary interests in law and technology concern their relationship with health law, policy, and ethics.
Dr Napoleon Xanthoulis (Joint acting Director) Napoleon’s research lies broadly in the field of constitutional & administrative law, European Union Law and law and digital technology.
Prof Uta Kohl Uta is interested in global and cross-disciplinary governance issues raised by the emergence of the internet and the datafication and algorithmic ordering of social relations, and has examined these through legal and socio-legal perspectives, with particular focus on jurisdiction in private and public international law, intermediary liability, free speech and privacy.
Dr Stephanie Law Stephanie is interested in the legal and social science implications of new and emerging technologies, particularly in the fields of consumer and data protection, as well as asylum and migration. She has a particular interest in the relationship between access to justice and the rules of civil and administrative procedure, from both an EU and international law perspective.
Prof Remigius Nwabueze Remi is interested in the applications of biotechnology and biomedical technology on dead bodies and separated parts of the human body and how, if at all, law and ethics respond, and should respond, to such applications.
Dr Jacob Eisler Jacob is interested in the social science implications of the digital world, particularly how philosophy and political theory can be applied to characterize and critique transformative technology. He has a particular interest in AI ethics and its limits.
Dr Hedvig Schmidt With an expertise in competition law and intellectual property rights, Hedvig has a strong research interest in the digital economy markets, the internet, data protection and how these impact innovation and consumer welfare.
Alejandra Colmenarejo Alejandra is working on her PhD on the NoBias project
Research Fellows, Visiting Academics and Emeritus Professors
Research Interests
Dr William Magnuson Associate Professor at Texas A&M University, School of Law
Professor Sophie Stalla-Bourdillon

Senior Privacy Counsel and Legal Engineer Immuta, Inc.

Sophie is interested in the legal and ethical implications of data-driven practices, including practices leveraging AI and machine learning techniques. She has a particular interest in how law and ethics can frame behaviour within data science environments and how requirements can be operationalised with the support of legal technology.

Emeritus Professor Stephen Saxby Within his research expertise, Stephen responds to requests from others active in the field of IT Law and Public Policy for advice and support.

 

PhD students

 If you are interested in studying for a PhD and would like further information on Internet law, please contact Professor Uta Kohl.

The Law and Technology Centre links with the University of Southampton's Web Science Doctoral Training Centre to offer absorbing and challenging postgraduate research degrees relating to law and the web. Funded scholarships are available.

 

 

LTC members are currently engaged in areas of research including:

Internet and global and cross-disciplinary governance

Private and public international law

Intermediary liability

Free speech and privacy

Access to justice

Consumer law

Public policy

Consumer protection

Privacy and data protection

Biotechnology

Biomedical technology

Social sciences and the digital world

Machine learning and digital technology

Ethics of AI

Competition law

Intellectual property rights

Digital economy markets

Please see each individual member’s staff profile for a list of their publications.

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