Current PhD Students

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Edina Harbinja

Edina Harbinja 

Edina Harbinja is PhD student at Strathclyde University. Before joining the University, Edina worked as a senior legal associate at the Bosnian telecoms company, BH Telecom Sarajevo.

Meanwhile, as the UK FCO Chevening scholar, she obtained a LLM from the University of Starthclyde, a Masters in IT and telecommunications law. Her work experience includes working for different NGOs, governmental and international organisations based in Bosnia and Herzegovina.

Her main research interests are within different aspects of the Internet law and policy, such as: digital assets, online privacy, data protection, online intermediaries, social media, intellectual property as well as telecommunications law and policy.

Edina's PhD research focuses on the area of how the law regulates the transmission of digital assets on death, including notions of access, control, propertisation, and ownership. The research encompasses appropriate areas of private law, intellectual property law, personality law and privacy law, with a comparative perspective (common vs civil law).


Twitter: EdinaRl

LinkedIn: Edina Harbinja


Mark Leiser 

Mark Leiser

Mark Leiser is a PhD student at the University of Strathclyde. Before joining the PhD Program, Mark was enrolled in the LLB Program, where he excelled in Mooting and formed alongside other students the Alternative Law Society. He recently worked for one of Scotland's top criminal and human rights lawyers on a high-profile criminal trial and wrote written submissions for the Leveson Inquiry into culture and ethics of the media. Mark leaves behind a career in finance and IT sales. He currently is a tutor for the undergrad LLB course, Computer, Society, and the Law

His main research interests are within different aspects of the Internet law and policy, such as: internet governance, democracy, the role of the rule of law in the online world, social media, online privacy, and intellectual property.

Mark's PhD research focuses on asking whether there are identifiable democratic values found across the global Internet community and are these compatible with the current democratic processes of individual States. The research encompasses appropriate areas of Internet governance and the role of democracy in the online world as well as public/private international Law, freedom of expression in cyberspace, IP, and human rights.

Mark R. Leiser

Phd Student

School of Law 

Vasileios Karagiannopoulos



Vasileios Karagiannopoulos has studied law at the University of Athens and has completed the Information Technology and Telecommunications LLM at the University of Strathclyde with distinction. His doctoral thesis focuses on the regulation of phenomena of civil disobedience on the Internet and his general research interests relate mostly to cybercrime, security, civil liberties, Internet regulation and online politics. He has been teaching the class of Internet law since 2010 at the University of Strathclyde Law School and will also be teaching the Computer Law (Hns) this year. Vasileios has also published papers on hacking, the contribution of the Internet and social media in the Arab Spring revolutions and on Internet filtering and control by the Chinese regime. 

Karagiannopoulos, V. (2012), 'The Role of the Internet in Political Struggles: Some Conclusions from Iran and Egypt', New Political Science, 34 (2), 151-71.

Karagiannopoulos V. (2012), 'China and the Internet: Expanding on Lessig’s Regulation Nightmares', SCRIPTed, 9 (2), 131-153.

Lachlan Urquhart


Twitter: @mooseabyte

Ph.D Title: Socio-Technical and Legal Aspects of Autonomy in Ubiquitous Computing


  • LL.B (Hons) - University of Edinburgh
  • LL.M (Distinction) Information Technology and Telecommunications Law at the University of Strathclyde
  • Research Assistant for Professor Lilian Edwards at the Centre for Internet Law and Policy.

Present: He is now a multidisciplinary Ph.D researcher within both the Mixed Reality Lab and Horizon Digital Economy Research DTC at the University of Nottingham. During his time at Horizon he has completed work in a range of disciplines including: human computer interaction, human factors, programming, ubiquitous computing, statistics and qualitative research design, science and technology studies and geospatial information services.

His broad research interests are regulation of emerging information technologies, surveillance studies, social and ethical aspects of ubiquitous computing and human rights in the digital age - especially privacy.

Selected Conference Papers:

  • “The Persistence of Memory: Towards the Synchronic Society”, Gikii VIII Seaside Edition, 16-17th September, Bournemouth University
  •  "'Smile! Drones operating overhead' - An emerging framework for UK Regulation of Domestic Drones", Spy in the Sky, 23-24 May 2013, University of Ljubljana, Slovenia
  • "The Bug Farm: Addressing the imminent swarm of domestic drones", Gikii VII, 17-18th September 2012, University of East Anglia, London.

Christian Geib


Christian Geib is PhD student at Strathclyde University. Before joining the University, Christian worked for an E-Commerce start-up in Munich/Germany, a major IT law firm in Cologne/Germany in the area of E-Commerce and Copyright Law and for the European Commission in the area of research policy.

Following his employment with the European Commission Christian he obtained his LL.M. from the Stanford University Law School “Law, Science and Technology” program.

His main research interests are within “big data” issues, data mining, (consumer) profiling, quantitative legal predictions, regulation of computer algorithms, military use of autonomous vehicles and legal aspects of neuroscience research.

Christian's PhD research focuses on Text and Data Mining and related copyright questions.

The research encompasses comparative legal studies of major EU legislations as much as empirical analysis of various legal documents.

Meryem Horasan is a Ph.D. student at the University of Strathclyde. Meryem completed her LL.B. degree at Marmara University, Istanbul in 2006. She has been a member of Istanbul Bar Association since 2008 and practised as a lawyer for 4 years including a 1 year internship in Istanbul. Meryem then went on to obtain her LL.M. degree from the University of Nottingham in International Commercial Law in 2013.

Her primary research interests are intellectual property law in general, the intersection between intellectual property and internet law and intermediary liability on the internet. Additionally, she is interested in the relationship between intellectual property and private international law, potential issues of private international law on the internet, in particular jurisdiction and choice of law questions arising from intellectual property cases that involve internet.

Meryem’s PhD research focuses on the secondary liability of online intermediaries for infringement of intellectual property rights as well as questions of jurisdiction and choice of law arising from intellectual property rights and their exploitation over the internet; which court has jurisdiction and which is the applicable law in cases related to infringement of intellectual property rights on the internet.


Auntika Na Pibul is a Ph.D. student at the University of Strathclyde. She completed her LL.B. and LL.M. degree at Chulalongkorn University, Thailand in 2005  and 2009. Auntika then worked as a law lecturer at the Graduate School of Law, National Institute of Development Administration (NIDA), Thailand before getting a full scholarship for an LLM and PhD from the Royal Thai Government in 2011. After that, she went on to obtain her second LL.M. degree from the University of Edinburgh in lnnovation, Technology and the Law in 2013.

Her primary research interests are within different legal and regulatory issues arising from cloud computing such as in case of information ownership, cloud contract, data protection and applicable law.

Auntika’s PhD research focuses on cloud computing and data protection law. The research aims at addressing the new challenges of data protection in case of  accessing of personal data stored in cloud computing by law enforcement and national security agencies.