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Professor 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.


Enslaving the algorithm : from a 'right to an explanation' to a 'right to better decisions'?
Edwards Lilian, Veale Michael
IEEE Security and Privacy Magazine Vol 16, pp. 46-54, (2018)
Clarity, surprises, and further questions in the Article 29 Working Party draft guidance on automated decision-making and profiling
Veale Michael, Edwards Lilian
Computer Law and Security Review Vol 34, (2018)
Slave to the algorithm? Why a 'right to an explanation' is probably not the remedy you are looking for
Edwards Lilian, Veale Michael
Duke Law and Technology Review Vol 16, pp. 1-65, (2017)
"I spy, with my little sensor" : fair data handling practices for robots between privacy, copyright and security
Schafer Burkhard, Edwards Lilian
Connection Science Vol 29, pp. 200-209, (2017)
Principles of robotics : regulating robots in the real world
Boden Margaret, Bryson Joanna, Caldwell Darwin, Dautenhahn Kerstin, Edwards Lilian, Kember Sarah, Newman Paul, Parry Vivienne, Pegman Geoff, Rodden Tom, Sorrell Tom, Wallis Mick, Whitby Blay, Winfield Alan
Connection Science Vol 29, pp. 124-129, (2017)
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 Vol 24, pp. 279-310, (2016)

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From Human Data to Personal Experience
Edwards, Lilian (Principal Investigator)
Period 01-Oct-2015 - 30-Sep-2020
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
Da Lomba, Sylvie (Principal Investigator) Edwards, Lilian (Co-investigator)
Period 01-May-2013 - 01-May-2016
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)
Period 01-Oct-2012 - 31-Aug-2017

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