Updated July 2019


For more about my doctoral work, see my research.

I studied courses including privacy theory and data protection (inc. GDPR), legal challenges of information technology, e-commerce, and the law of robotics.

My dissertation investigated a visual modelling technique for achieving Privacy by Design. It won the Google Award for best postgraduate paper at the BILETA conference 2016 and was published in the International Review of Law, Computers & Technology (see "Opening the Black Box..." in my research).

I studied honours courses in information technology and the law, justice and ethics, interpretation of evidence, criminal law and comparative criminal procedure.

My dissertation concerned intellectual property rights in software and was published in the Oxford Journal of Intellectual Property Law and Practice (see "Would the current ambiguities..." in my research).

I studied technical modules on web and database development, as well as a group project module which involved working in a small team to research and begin the implementation of an online system to assist students in choosing research topics and matching them with appropriate supervisors. I took a leading role in this project, directing the design of the software and its presentation to the class.

Diploma in Legal Practice
University of Edinburgh, 2007 – 2008


Postdoctoral researcher
COHUBICOL, LSTS research group, Vrije Universiteit Brussel, 2019 – present

In early 2018 I taught sessions on the LLM module "Privacy, Crime and Security" as part of the Internet Law and Policy programme at Strathclyde. Topics included privacy theory, user rights under the GDPR, and algorithmic accountability.

As a research assistant I have assisted Professor Lilian Edwards with a variety of projects, including (i) building a website for the annotation of social media terms and conditions concerning post-mortem privacy, and (ii) co-editing numerous chapters for the volume Law, Policy, and the Internet (Hart Publishing, forthcoming).

I assisted Professor Burkhard Schafer on several projects as part of the CREATe project titled "Self-enforcing IP Law: Life after DRM".

  • Co-authored two reports, on copyright exceptions and disability, and privacy and DRM, respectively
  • Designed a poster for the CREATe All Hands conference, demonstrating the visual aspects of CoReO: the Computer Assisted Copyright Observatory.

CREATe project website

I gained experience building and maintaining a wide range of websites of many sizes and levels of complexity. These include social networking platforms for international charities and brochure websites for SMEs. I am very familiar with a range of web technologies including HTML, Javascript, CSS, PHP, Wordpress, concrete5 and Zend, and I have experience in user experience and graphic design. I also have experience in administration of the open source LAMP (Linux, Apache, MySQL and PHP) web server stack. As well as my technical duties at 39steps, I gained experience in presentation, writing documentation and designing and conducting bespoke training sessions.

39steps website

My primary role was to conduct and present comparative research for inclusion in the Commission’s discussion papers and reports. Several of my research papers were incorporated into these publications.

In addition to my research work at the Commission, I proposed and led a project to completely redevelop its website using an open source content management system. This system is still in use, and I continue to consult with the Commission on technical matters, including recently a comprehensive redesign of the website.

Scottish Law Commission website

Other academic experience

I handle all aspects of the journal's digital publishing workflow, from Word templating to issue launches. I designed the journal's website and re-designed the back-end publishing workflow to be more user- and M2M-friendly in order to reduce human error, improve the efficiency of the publishing process, and to integrate better with other metadata platforms and tools as well as social media (e.g. DOI, Google Scholar, Dublin Core, Open Graph).

Scholarships and awards

Full scholarship (tuition fees and stipend) tenable for three years, with a focus on public engagement.

Paper entitled "The Lawyer in the Machine: Towards the Automation of Privacy by Design" (later published as "Opening the Black Box" – see my research).


See my research.