Prof Lilian Edwards


Personal statement

Edwards is a leading academic in the field of Internet law. She has taught information technology law, e-commerce law, and Internet law at undergraduate and postgraduate level since 1996 and been involved with law and artificial intelligence since 1985. Her current research interests, while broad, revolve around the topics of online privacy, intermediary liability, cybercrime, Internet pornography, digital assets and digital copyright enforcement.

She worked at Strathclyde University from 1986–1988 and Edinburgh University from 1989 to 2006. She became Chair of Internet Law at the University of Southampton from 2006–2008, and then Professor of Internet Law at the University of Sheffield until late 2010, when she returned to Scotland to become Professor of E-Governance at Strathclyde University,while retaining close links with the renamed SCRIPT (AHRC Centre) at Edinburgh . Since 2011, she has been Chair of E-Governance at Strathclyde University.

She has co-edited (with Charlotte Waelde) three editions of a textbook, Law and the Internet; the third edition appeared in 2009.She won the Barbara Wellberry Memorial Prize in 2004 for work on online privacy. A sole edited collection of her essays, The New Legal Framework for E-Commerce in Europe, was published in 2005. She is Associate Director, and was co-founder, of the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) Centre for IP and Technology Law (now SCRIPT). Edwards has consulted inter alia for Google, Symantec, McAfee, the EU Commission, the OECD, and WIPO. Edwards co-chairs GikII, a annual series of international workshops on the intersections between law, technology and popular culture.

Since 2012, Edwards has been Deputy Director of CREATe, the Centre for Creativity, Regulation, Enterprise and Technology, a £5m Research Councils UK research centre about copyright and business models. She is also a frequent speaker in the media and has been invited to lecture in many universities in Europe, Asia, America, Australasia and most recently, South Africa.


Privacy and data protection online : from the Data Protection Directive to the General Data Protection Regulation
Edwards Lilian
Law, Policy and the InternetLaw, Policy and the Internet, (2017)
Privacy, security and data protection in smart cities : a critical EU law perspective
Edwards Lilian
European Data Protection Law Review Vol 2, pp. 28-58, (2016)
Privacy in public spaces : what expectations of privacy do we have in social media intelligence?
Edwards Lilian, Urquhart Lachlan
International Journal of Law and Information Technology, (2016)
How do you solve a problem like consent? - The workshop
Luger Ewa, Rodden Tom, Jirotka Marina, Edwards Lilian
UbiComp 2014 - Adjunct Proceedings of the 2014 ACM International Joint Conference on Pervasive and Ubiquitous Computing, pp. 613-619, (2014)
Privacy, law, code and social networking sites
Edwards Lilian
Research Handbook On Governance Of The InternetResearch Handbook On Governance Of The Internet, (2013)
Protecting post-mortem privacy : reconsidering the privacy interests of the deceased in a digital world
Edwards Lilian, Harbinja Edina
Cardozo Arts and Entertainment Law Journal Vol 32, pp. 101-147, (2013)

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Digital Catapult Researcher in Residence
Edwards, Lilian (Principal Investigator)
Period 05-Jan-2016 - 03-Jul-2017
Centre for Creativity, Regulation, Enterprise & Technology (CREATe) | Geib, Christian
Edwards, Lilian (Principal Investigator) Tagg, Stephen (Co-investigator) Geib, Christian (Research Co-investigator)
Period 01-May-2013 - 01-May-2016
Digital Economy Hub | Harbinja, Edina
Edwards, Lilian (Principal Investigator) Neal, Mary (Co-investigator) Harbinja, Edina (Research Co-investigator)
Period 01-Jan-2012 - 01-Jan-2015
Digital Economy Hub
Edwards, Lilian (Principal Investigator)
Period 01-Sep-2011 - 31-Aug-2014
JARL - New Professor Start Up Funding
Edwards, Lilian (Principal Investigator)
Period 01-Jan-2011
Centre for Creativity, Regulation, Enterprise & Technology (CREATe)
Edwards, Lilian (Principal Investigator) Tagg, Stephen (Co-investigator)
Period 01-Oct-2012 - 31-Aug-2017

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