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Professor Uta Kohl

Professor of Commercial Law

Research interests

  • Platform economy
  • Jurisdiction in public and private international law
  • Freedom of expression

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Accepting applications from PhD students.

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Accepting PhD applicants (for researchers only) 
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Uta (BA/LLB First Class, University of Tasmania, 1997; PhD, University of Canberra, 2003) started her academic career at the University of Wales, Aberystwyth (2000) and has been a Professor of Commercial Law at the University of Southampton since 2018, where she teaches mainly in commercial law modules.

Her research reputation is based on her work in Law and Technology, in particular her monograph Jurisdiction and the Internet (CUP, 2007, ppb 2010), her edited collections The Net and the Nation State (CUP, 2017) and Data-Driven Personalisation in Markets, Politics and Law (CUP, 2021, co-editor J. Eisler) and her co-authored textbook Information Technology Law (5th ed, 2016, co-authors D. Rowland and A. Charlesworth).

Uta organised an interdisciplinary ‘Internet Jurisdiction’ symposium funded by Google Inc in 2014, sat on the board of trustees of the Internet Watch Foundation (2014-2020) and is currently a co-investigator on a Leverhulme Research Grant on post-mortem privacy rights in the digital age. She has been a visiting professor at Bocconi University, Milan (2017-2019), Pazmany Peter Catholic University, Budapest (2018) and Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich (2019).

Uta was a Research Scholar at MIT (Dept of Political Science) in a collaboration with Prof Nazli Choucri from February to July 2023.

From September 2023: Visiting Professor in Law and Technology at CUHK, Hong Kong

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