Lynskey, Orla

Dr Orla Lynskey  


Position held

Assistant Professor in Law


Experience keywords:

EU; competition law; data protection; fundamental rights protection; internal market law; protection of rights online

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Orla studied law at Trinity College, Dublin (LLB Law and French) before reading for a Masters in European Legal Studies at the College of Europe, Bruges. She was called to the Bar of England and Wales in 2008. She is currently completing a PhD at the University of Cambridge focusing on European data protection law.

Orla’s primary field of interest is data protection law. Her thesis examines the regulatory regime for data protection in the EU and identifies its costs and objectives. More generally, Orla is interested in how rights are protected in the online environment and in many aspects of EU law, including competition law, internal market law and fundamental rights protection in the EU legal order.

During her doctoral studies, Orla was a Guest Teacher in Competition Law at the LSE and a college supervisor in EU law at the University of Cambridge. Prior to this, Orla spent two years working as a teaching assistant at the College of Europe, Bruges, a year as a contract agent in the European Commission’s Competition Directorate and, a year in private practice working on competition and antitrust issues.

Sectors and industries to which research relates:

Law; Policy and Regulatory Bodies

Countries and regions to which research relates:



French [Spoken: Fluent, Written: Fluent]

Contact Points

LSE phone number:

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Lynskey, Orla (2017) The power of providence: the role of platforms in leveraging the legibility of users to accentuate inequality In: Moore, Martin and Tambini, Damian, (eds.) Digital Dominance: Implications and Risks. Oxford University Press, Oxford, UK.

Lynskey, Orla (2017) Courts, privacy and data protection in the UK: why two wrongs don't make a right In: Brkan, Maja, (ed.) Courts, Privacy and Data Protection in the Digital Environment. Edward Elgar, Cheltenham, UK. ISBN 9781784718701

Lynskey, Orla (2017) LSE Law Brexit special #7: Brexit and the UK's tech industry LSE Law Policy Briefing Series, LSE Law, London, UK.

Lynskey, Orla (2017) Regulating 'platform power' LSE Law, Society and Economy Working Papers, London School of Economics and Political Science, Department of Law, London, UK.

Lynskey, Orla (2017) Aligning data protection rights with competition law remedies? The GDPR right to data portability European Law Journal. ISSN 1351-5993 (In Press)

Lynskey, Orla (2017) The 'Europeanisation' of data protection law Cambridge Yearbook of European Legal Studies, 19. 1-35. ISSN 1528-8870

Costa-Cabral, Francisco and Lynskey, Orla (2017) Family ties: the intersection between data protection and competition in EU Law Common Market Law Review, 54 (1). 11-50. ISSN 0165-0750


Dulong de Rosnay, Melanie and Lynskey, Orla (2015) Defining a public domain for copyright and data legislation at the European Parliament (part 2) Media Policy Blog (11 Aug 2015) Blog entry

Lynskey, Orla (2015) Control over personal data in a digital age: Google Spain v AEPD and Mario Costeja Gonzalez Modern Law Review, 78 (3). 522-534. ISSN 0026-7961

Lynskey, Orla (2015) The foundations of EU data protection law Oxford studies in European law. Oxford University Press, Oxford, UK. ISBN 9780198718239

Costa-Cabral, Francisco and Lynskey, Orla (2015) The internal and external constraints of data protection on competition law in the EU LSE Law, Society and Economy Working Papers, 10.2139/ssrn.2703655. The London School of Economics and Political Science, London, UK.


Lynskey, Orla (2014) Deconstructing data protection: the 'Added-value' of a right to data protection in the EU legal order International and Comparative Law Quarterly, 63 (3). 569-597. ISSN 0020-5893


Lynskey, Orla (2013) The ICO Consults on the Future of Information Rights Regulation Media Policy Blog (6 Dec 2013) Blog entry

Lynskey, Orla (2013) From market-making tool to fundamental right: the role of the Court of Justice in data protection’s identity crisis In: Gutwirth, Serge and Leenes, Ronald and de Hert, Paul and Poullet, Yves, (eds.) European Data Protection: Coming of Age. Springer, London, UK, 59-84. ISBN 9789400751842


Lynskey, Orla (2011) Track(ing) changes: an examination of EU regulation of online behavioural advertising through a data protection lens European Law Review, 36 (6). 876-886. ISSN 0307-5400


Bourgeois, Jacques and Lynskey, Orla (2008) The extent to which the EC legislature takes into account WTO obligations: jousting lessons from the European Parliament In: Dashwood, Alan and Maresceau, Marc, (eds.) Law and Practice of Eu External Relations: Salient Features of a Changing Landscape. Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, UK, 202-224. ISBN 9780521899239

Dawes, Anthony and Lynskey, Orla (2008) The ever-longer arm of EC law: the extension of community competence into the field of criminal law Common Market Law Review, 45 (1). 131-158. ISSN 0165-0750

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