LTS Research directory

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Welcome to our Research Directory, a list of all the members of our faculty whose research interests touch upon diverse aspects of law, technology and society. Browse the profiles, or click on the name for a link to a fuller personal profile on our site.

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Professor Julia Black

Julia's principal research interest is to explore the nature, dynamics and legitimacy of regulatory regimes, both state and non-state. She specialises in financial services regulation and the regulation of risk. Julia is a member of the AI, Ethics and Governance, Medicine Technology and Law, and the Regulatory Accountability sub-groups. She is particularly in the regulation of AI and Machine Learning and biotechnology. She has recently collaborated with Professor Andrew Murray on a paper looking at ethical regulation of AI. 




Dr Michael Blackwell

Michael conducts both empirical and doctrinal research on tax law, especially with regard to tax administration and tax avoidance. Michael also has conducted empirical research on the legal profession and judiciary. 



Niamh Dunne

Dr Niamh Dunne

Niamh's research interests encompass, broadly, the areas of competition policy and market regulation. Niamh is an expert in aspects of competition policy in the digital economy. She has spoken to, among others, the Max Planck Institute and the Turkish Competition Authority on aspects of technology and competition law. In 2019 she participated in Ed Miliband’s “Reasons to be Cheerful” podcast, discussing the extent to which competition law in the UK could be used to regulate (or even ‘break up’) Big Tech. 




Professor Stephen Humphreys

Stephen's current research focuses on the distribution of risk and security under international and transnational law. He is a member of the AI, Ethics and Governance and the Privacy, Data Protection and Data Security sub-groups. He was Research Director at the International Council on Human Rights Policy from 2006 to 2009 and oversaw the project “Navigating the Dataverse” on data, privacy and human rights. He has recently written on Data as an international law object in D Joyce and J Hohmann (eds), International Law’s Objects (Oxford University Press, 2018).




Dr Martin Husovec

Martin's scholarship deals with questions of innovation policy and digital liberties, in particular, regulation of intellectual property and freedom of expression. He published a number of influential works on the question of intermediary liability, including a book on injunctions against intermediaries (CUP, 2017). He is a member of the European Copyright Society, a prominent group of European copyright scholars.




Professor Emily Jackson

Emily is a researcher in the field of medical law. Emily leads our Medicine, Technology and Law sub-group. Emily has written extensively on IVF and infertility treatments as well as acting as Deputy Chair of Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority (HFEA) from 2008-2012. Emily is also a member of British Medical Association Medical Ethics Committee (2005 to date) and an Expert Advisor to the Ethics Review procedure of the EU 7th Framework Programme and then to Horizon2020 (2008 to date). 




Professor Pablo Ibáñez Colomo 

Pablo's work focuses on competition law and economic regulation (in particular, communications regulation), and, more generally, he has an interest in the economic analysis of law. Pablo leads our Competition and Platforms sub-group and recently took part in the British Institute of Comparative and International Law (BIICL) round table on the question “Is antitrust still fit for purpose in a digital age?” Pablo has written on “Shaping Competition Policy in the Era of Digitisation” and is an acknowledged expert in areas of competition and digital policy. 




Mark Lewis

Mark Lewis is an LSE Alumnus who has held leading positions in the practice of Technology, Media and Telecommunications Law for over thirty years culminating in his role as Head of Commercial Practice for Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner from 2010. Mark has throughout his career been identified as one of the UK’s leading TMT lawyers and his expertise in IT outsourcing saw him appointed as Global Head of Tite & Lewis’s IT and E-Commerce Legal Network, part of Pricewaterhouse Coopers, and later as Head of IT & Outsourcing at Gowling LLP. Mark has served on the Investment Review Board of King’s College London and currently is Chair of the Advisory Board of KCS Group Europe. Mark has taught at Warwick Law School and at LSE Law. He has published papers in among other places the Modern Law Review and is the General Editor and UK chapter author of Getting the Deal Through – Cloud Computing. Mark is a member of the Law, Technology and Society Management Committee.   

Mark holds a BA from the University of Cape Town, an LLB from the Warwick University and an LLM from the London School of Economics. 



Luke McDonagh

Dr Luke McDonagh

Dr Luke McDonagh joined LSE Law School in 2020. He undertakes research in the areas of Intellectual Property Law and Constitutional Law. Prior to taking up his position at LSE he was a Senior Lecturer at City, University of London (2015-2020), a Lecturer at Cardiff University (2013-2015) and LSE Fellow (2011-13). Luke holds a PhD from Queen Mary, University of London (2011), an LL.M from the London School of Economics (LSE) (2006-7) and a B.C.L. degree from NUI, Galway (2002-05). He is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (FHEA). He has been a visiting fellow/scholar at Waseda University, Tokyo, Japan and the EURA Jean Monnet Center of Excellence, Scuola Sant’Anna, Pisa, Italy.



Orla Lynskey-2016

Dr Orla Lynskey

Orla conducts research in the fields of technology regulation and digital rights, with her primary focus being on EU data protection and privacy law. She is currently working on inter-related projects on the fundamental rights implications of 'platform power' in digital markets and the EU's right to data portability. Orla leads our Privacy, Data Protection and Data Security sub-group and was until recently a UK member of the EU Commission GDPR Expert Stakeholder Group. She is the editor of the journal, International Data Privacy Law and has recently addressed the International Conference of Privacy and Data Protection Commissioners, the UK House of Lords and the US Federal Trade Commission on aspects of data privacy and competition law. 



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Dr Eva Micheler

Eva Micheler is an expert on FinTech and the application of DLT technologies in financial markets. She is co-investigator of the UK EPSRC project 'Blockchain Technology for Algorithmic Regulation and Compliance' which studies the usefulness of blockchain/distributed ledger technology for financial services regulation. Eva has organised conferences on Blockchain Technology for Algorithmic Regulation and Compliance and The Future of Money (among others). She is a member of the Expert Group on Technical Aspects of Corporate Governance advising the European Commission and was a member of the steering group at the UK Department for Business, Innovation and Skills regarding a project exploring the intermediated shareholding model. With Tataiana Cutts Eva leads the Fin Tech, Reg Tech and Law Tech sub-group. 



Andrew Murray-2015

Professor Andrew Murray

Andrew’s principal research interests are in regulatory design within Cyberspace, particularly the role of non-State actors, the protection and promotion of Human Rights within the digital environment and the promotion of proprietary interests in the digital sphere, encompassing both intellectual property rights and traditional property models. Andrew was in 2018 the Special Advisor to the House of Lords Communications Committee inquiry into internet regulation: Regulating the Digital Enviornment. Andrew is a member of the Member, Law Society LawTech Regulatory Action Taskforce and was a Commissioner for the LSE Truth, Trust and Technology Commission. He has written the leading textbook Information Technology Law: The Law and Society. Andrew is a recognised global expert in information technology law and regulation and has recently written the book Rethinking the Jurisprudence of Cyberspace (with Chris Reed). Andrew leads the Law, Technology and Society group and the AI, Ethics and Governance sub-group. 




Dr Philipp Paech

Philipp works on global regulation of Fintech and Blockchain, which includes running a specialist blog on that subject ( Philipp is the Chairman of the EU Commission Expert Group on Regulation of Financial Innovation and organised the 2018 workshop “Blockchain Financial Assets and Beyond: Legal and Regulatory Perspectives”. Philipp has written extensively on smart contracts, blockchain and financial assets including his 2017 Modern Law Review paper 'The Governance of Blockchain Financial Networks'. 




Mr Edmund Schuster

Edmund’s research interests are primarily in the areas of corporate law, law and finance, takeover regulation, and capital markets regulation. His current research is into the field of legal obstacles for blockchain/DLT solutions and smart contracts. Edmund is a Research Associate, UCL Centre for Blockchain Technologies and has recently presented on blockchain and crypto-contracts to the 2019 Digital Assets Project Conference and to the LSE Systemic Risk Centre. His new paper “Cloud Crypto Land” has recently been published. 



Andrew Scott

Dr Andrew Scott

Andrew’s research focus is the constitution of the public sphere. His current research agenda includes projects on the laws of defamation and privacy, the interplay between defamation and religious faith, freedom of expression and access to information, corporate power and the public sphere, and the regulation of journalistic newsgathering practices. He has contributed to reviews of Libel Law in Northern Ireland, Scotland and in Ontario. He is a member of the Advisory Board, IALS Information Law and Policy Centre. 



Sivaramjani Thambisetty-2016

Dr Siva Thambisetty

Siva’s research focuses on the legal protection of technology, particularly emerging technologies, comparative patent law and institutional perspectives on the formation and application of global patent norms. In 2011-12 Siva won the LSE’s first ever grant from the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council for a project on synthetic biology and intellectual property law. She is Principal Investigator on the EU Horizon 2020 grant to study the Implementation of the Nagoya Protocol (2014-2019) as part of the INMARE project on Marine Biodiversity.




Dr Emmanuel Voyiakis

Emmanuel's private law research focuses on the proper justification of private (contract and tort) law doctrines and tries to explain how our considered views about moral justification, responsibility and social justice bear on general theories of private law and on the way particular private law doctrines should be understood and applied. Dr. Voyiakis is interested in the future of work in digital economies.