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All researchers in the Cloud Legal Project team are, or have been, members of the Centre for Commercial Law Studies (CCLS) at Queen Mary, University of London

Christopher Millard, Professor of Privacy and Information Law (Project leader)

Christopher has over thirty-five years experience in computer and communications law, in both academia and legal practice, and has published widely on legal and regulatory issues relating to information technology, communications, privacy and Internet law. He is a founding editor of the International Journal of Law and IT and of  International Data Privacy Law (both Oxford University Press), and  is Editor and Co-Author of Cloud Computing Law (OUP, 2013). He is a Research Associate at the Oxford Internet Institute and is Senior Counsel to the law firm Bristows.

Chris Reed, Professor of Electronic Commerce Law

Author of (inter alia) Internet Law (2nd ed, Cambridge University Press), editor/author of Computer Law (6th ed, Oxford University Press), former UK delegate to Hague Conference on Private International Law (e-commerce discussions), part-time practitioner for various UK law firms since 1991. Recent major articles: “The Law of Unintended Consequences – embedded business models in IT regulation”, (2007) JILT; “Taking Sides on Technology Neutrality”, (2007) SCRIPT-ed.

Ian Walden, Professor of Information and Communications Law

Ian's publications include EDI and the Law (1989), Information Technology and the Law (1990), EDI Audit and Control (1993), Cross-border Electronic Banking (1995, 2000), Telecommunications Law Handbook (1997), E-Commerce Law and Practice in Europe (2001), Telecommunications Law and Regulation (2001, 2005, 2009), Computer Crimes and Digital Investigations (2007) and Media Law and Practice (2009). Ian is a solicitor and is Of Counsel to the global law firm Baker & McKenzie and he is Chair of the Industry Working Group of the UK Council for Child Internet Safety.

Dimitra Kamarinou

Dimitra Kamarinou, Researcher (2014-)

A qualified Greek attorney–at–law, she worked for Commercial law firms and Human Rights organisations, before joining a London based Intellectual Property Strategy Consultancy firm, where she worked alongside a team of scientists, solicitors, and patent attorneys advising a wide range of clients, from technology startups to multinationals, on the management and monetisation of IP. Dimitra has obtained an LLM in Human Rights Law with Distinction from Birkbeck University of London (2010) and an LLM in Corporate and Commercial Law with Merit from Queen Mary University of London (2012).

 Lauren DownesLauren Downes, Researcher (2017-)

Lauren Downes is a a member of the New York Bar. She was previously a Research Associate in the Energy and Natural Resources Law Institute at CCLS where her responsibilities included legal research for the Gateway carbon capture and storage (CCS) project (EU Horizon 2020). She holds an LLM in Energy and Natural Resources Law from QMUL (with Distinction) where she was a Norton Rose Fulbright scholar. Before returning to academia, Lauren spent over a decade in various in-house legal and commercial advisory roles, representing Operators in the international upstream oil and gas industry.  Her experience includes negotiations in technology, exploration new ventures, liquefied natural gas (LNG), and floating LNG mega-projects.

Dave MichelsDave Michels, Researcher (2017-)

Dave Michels is a Researcher on the Cloud Legal Project, conducting research on various legal aspects of cloud computing, with a particular interest in IP, criminal law, and human rights. Prior to joining CCLS, Dave worked as a Strategy and Policy Associate at Ofcom, the independent UK regulator for the communications markets. Before joining Ofcom, Dave worked as an Associate Legal Officer for the United Nations International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia in The Hague. Dave obtained an LLM in Intellectual Property Law from LSE (with distinction, 2014) and an LLM in International Criminal Law from the University of Amsterdam (Cum Laude, 2009).

Eduard Fosch Villaronga
Dr Eduard Fosch Villaronga
, Researcher (2017-)

Eduard Fosch Villaronga is a qualified Spanish lawyer. Previously, he was a postdoctoral researcher at the Department of Law, Governance and Technology at the University of Twente, the Netherlands, where he explored RegTech-modes in the responsible development and use of robotics. He holds an Erasmus Mundus Joint Doctorate (EMJD) in Law, Science, and Technology, for research on the legal and ethical implications of the use of personal care robots. In addition to the mobility plan during his PhD programme, he has held visiting PhD positions at the Center for Education Engineering and Outreach (CEEO) at Tufts University in the United States; and the Laboratoire de Systèmes Robotiques at EPFL in Lausanne.

Vassiliki Koukoulioti, PhD Researcher (2017-)

Vassiliki has been awarded a Microsoft-funded Cloud Legal Project CCLS PhD Studentship. Her research focuses on the tax law implications of cloud computing and the digitalization of the economy. She is a qualified Greek attorney-at-law and prior to joining the Cloud Legal Project she worked as a tax lawyer for law firms in Athens, Greece and for five years as a senior tax consultant at PwC Athens providing tax advice and tax litigation services to multinational enterprises and high net worth individuals. Vasiliki has an LLM in Tax Law with Merit from QMUL (2012) and an Advanced Diploma in International Taxation (ADIT) modular certificate from the Chartered Institute of Taxation (CIOT), London (2014).

Laura Aliaga

Laura Aliaga Martinez, PhD Researcher (2017-)

Laura has been awarded a Microsoft-funded Cloud Legal Project CCLS PhD Studentship. She is a senior qualified Spanish attorney– at–law and prior to joining the Cloud Legal Project and the Microsoft Cloud Computing Research Centre she worked for a major law firm in Spain and several Spanish law firm boutiques in ICT law. For the past six years she has lectured at several Spanish Universities and Business Schools. She is a mentor on an Accelerator Programme for early stage innovative technology companies. She is a member of the Executive Committee of the IT and TMT department at the Valencian Bar Association and has been appointed as an expert in her field by the Spanish Platform of Expert Women.

Dr Theodora A Christou, Researcher (2017-)

Theodora created and convenes two unique modules on Transnational Law and Governance at the Centre for Commercial Law Studies and is a Barrister called at Lincoln's Inn.  She also teaches an "Introduction to Law for Engineering and Science" for the SEMS Department at QMUL and co-convenes "International Human Rights Law" at London School of Economics.  Since 2009 she has been an elected member of the Executive of the Bar Human Rights Committee and she is also a consultant at BT having worked on a number of projects including the rule of law, Climate Change, data protection, and regulatory reports. She assisted the former General Counsel of BT Global in the establishment of the Open Computing Alliance which conducted research, responded to consultations and met with authorities across Europe presenting common positions on behalf of its member companies. Theodora was previously a Research Fellow at the British Institute of International and Comparative Law. She has numerous publications and has also participated as a consultant on a number of projects covering over 80 jurisdictions.

Dr Niamh Gleeson, Researcher (2013-)

A qualified solicitor with over 15 years experience as a practising lawyer. She has worked for law firms in Brussels and London, before working as an in-house lawyer in London for over 10 years in the communications and IT industry for British Telecom plc and Apple respectively. She has an LLM in EU law from the College of Europe in Bruges and a doctorate from Kings College London in EU Competition law.


Former team members include:

Julia Hörnle, Professor of Internet Law

Professor Julia Hörnle is an expert in internet law, focussing on regulatory issues, consumer protection, jurisdiction, and online dispute resolution. In addition to QMUL, she has taught at universities in China, Germany and Austria and has held a research position at Georgetown University, Washington DC. She has authored two books, one on online dispute resolution (Cross-border Internet Dispute Resolution, Cambridge University Press 2009) and one on online gambling (Cross-border Online Gambling Law & Policy Elgar 2010). She has carried out research / consultancy projects for the Chinese and UK governments and the European Commission.

Dr Guido Noto La Diega, Researcher (2014-2016)

Guido is a Senior Lecturer in Law at Northumbria University, with a focus on Cyber Law, Intellectual Property, and EU Law. He is also an Executive Committee Member of the Society of Legal Scholars. A qualified Italian lawyer (avvocato) specialised in IP and IT Law, Guido has worked as an Assistant Professor (cultore della materia) of Civil Law and Copyright Law at the University of Palermo, visiting scholar at the Max Planck Institute for Intellectual Property and Competition Law in Munich and external researcher at the Nexa Center for Internet & Society (Politecnico di Torino). Guido holds a PhD degree in private law (International Doctoral School in Law & Economics "Tullio Ascarelli", Rome Tre University and University of Palermo) and a Master's Degree in Law (Laurea magistrale in Giurisprudenza). He has written papers and essays on IP, IT, Privacy and Data Protection, and Robot Law.

Elizabeth Kennedy, Researcher (2015-2016)

Elizabeth is a qualified Scottish Solicitor and works as a Business & Legal Affairs Counsel for Technicolor, a global technology company in the media and entertainment sector. Previously, she worked as Legal Counsel for the Institute of Practitioners in Advertising and for BSA - the Software Alliance. Before joining the Cloud Legal Project, she worked for a well-known commercial law firm in the UK advising on a range of contentious and non-contentious matters including Intellectual Property law and European Competition law. Elizabeth has also worked at the European Newspaper Publishers Association (ENPA) in Brussels gaining exposure to EU legal policy making. Elizabeth has also completed a stage at the Court of Justice of the European Union in the chamber of Advocate General Sharpston. She has an LLB (with First Class Honours) from the University of Glasgow, and a LLM by Research (with Distinction) from the University of Edinburgh. The topic of her LLM was cross-border violations of personality rights.

Dr Kuan Hon, Senior Researcher (2010-2016)

A qualified English solicitor and New York attorney, Dr Hon is a Director, Privacy & Information, at Fieldfisher and Guest Lecturer with Imperial College London. She has volunteered with the ICO and acted as a Fellow for the Open Data Institute and as a Consultant Lawyer for Pinsent Masons, focusing on data protection and information law. Previously, she worked in the City of London focusing on finance-related English law (particularly banking, debt capital markets and corporate insolvency) before obtaining an MSc in Computing Science with merit from Imperial College London in 2009 and then an LLM in Computer and Communications Law with merit from Queen Mary University of London in 2010. 

Simon Bradshaw, Project Consultant (2010-2011), Researcher (2009-2010)

Simon Bradshaw is a Barrister at Cornwall Street Chambers in Birmingham. Simon originally qualified in electronics and communications and served as an Engineering Officer in the Royal Air Force. His RAF experience included management of secure communications networks, technical analysis and IT project management. Having cross-qualified in Law he went on to undertake an LLM in Information Technology and Intellectual Property Law at Edinburgh, specialising in the IP implications of new technology. He subsequently trained as a barrister and was called to the Bar by Middle Temple.

Brian Dziminski, Researcher (2013-2014)

Brian is an Attorney in the Law Offices of John Benedict, in Las Vegas, Nevada. Brian has over ten years of experience in transactional work and litigation, having successfully tried numerous cases through trial at the district court level and on appeal before the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals and the Nevada Supreme Court. Brian obtained a Master of Laws (LLM) Degree with Merit in International Business Law from Queen Mary University of London and is a certified privacy professional by the International Association of Privacy Professionals in both Europe and the United States. Prior to beginning his legal career, Brian served in the United States Army during the Persian Gulf War and worked in the gaming industry.

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