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Law and Technology Centre

Research themes

Find out about the areas of research we investigate.

The key research themes of the Centre include the following:

  • Internet and global and cross-disciplinary governance
  • Liability of online intermediaries
  • Governance and regulation of new technologies
  • Financial law and monetary policy in a digital era
  • Fundamental rights
  • Sustainability
  • Access to justice and judicial protection
  • Consumer law and protection
  • Privacy and data protection
  • Biotechnology and Biomedical technology
  • Socio-legal and political implications of technology
  • Machine learning
  • Ethics of Artificial Intelligence
  • Competition law
  • Intellectual property rights
  • Digital economy markets

The current research interests of the Centre’s members are as follows:

Dr Michael Da Silva’s primary interests in law and technology concern their relationship with health law, policy, and ethics. 

Dr Napoleon Xanthoulis’ current research in law and technology lies primarily on data protection, online intermediaries, artificial intelligence and digital finance. His projects focus on the regulation and governance of new technologies in the UK and the EU and their implications for judicial protection, fundamental rights, accountability, and the rule of law. 

Prof Uta Kohl 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 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 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 has a strong research interest in the digital economy markets, the internet, data protection and how these impact innovation and consumer welfare, with an expertise in competition law and intellectual property rights. 

Ms Alejandra Bringas Colmenarejo is interested in the legal implication of artificial intelligence, particularly automated decision-making systems. Her research topics include data protection and privacy, anti-discrimination, and digital law and more interdisciplinary approaches to transparency and accountability of inaccessible black-box systems.