Posthuman International Law and the Rights of Nature

Photo by Grant Ritchie On 11 November 2020, Dr. Emily Jones, Lecturer in Law at the University of Essex, spoke in the Ghandi Research Seminar Series at the University of Reading Global Law at Reading (GLAR) group. The topic of Dr Jones' talk was 'Posthuman International Law and the Rights of Nature.'  The paper began by outlining … Continue reading Posthuman International Law and the Rights of Nature

The Potential of a Novel Scientific Method to Provide Evidence of Torture

Image by Christoph Bock Dr Paula Suárez-López, a scientist with a PhD in Biological Sciences, who has made a career change to the human rights field and graduated with an MA in Theory and Practice of Human Rights from the Essex Law School, has published an article in the Torture Journal on ‘The potential of … Continue reading The Potential of a Novel Scientific Method to Provide Evidence of Torture

The Johnny Depp Libel Trial Explained

Photo by PxHere Dr. Alexandros Antoniou, Lecturer in Media Law, University of Essex On November 2 2020, London’s High Court handed down its hotly anticipated judgment in the high-profile libel case brought by Hollywood actor Johnny Depp over a newspaper article which labelled him a “wife-beater”. In his 585-paragraph ruling the presiding judge, Mr Justice Nicol, … Continue reading The Johnny Depp Libel Trial Explained

Human Rights Expert Receives Major Funding to Investigate Impact of Algorithms on Democracy

Photo by Ari He An Essex human rights expert has been awarded major funding to look at the impact of Artificial Intelligence-assisted decision-making on individual development and the functioning of democracy. Dr Daragh Murray, from the School of Law and Human Rights Centre, is among the latest wave of individuals to receive funding as part of UK Research and … Continue reading Human Rights Expert Receives Major Funding to Investigate Impact of Algorithms on Democracy

ICO’s Age Appropriate Design Code of Practice Comes Into Effect

Photo by Igor Starkov Dr. Alexandros Antoniou, Lecturer in Media Law, University of Essex On 2 September 2020, the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO), the United Kingdom's independent body established to uphold information rights, formally issued its Age Appropriate Design Code of Practice which should be followed by online services to protect children’s privacy. The Age Appropriate … Continue reading ICO’s Age Appropriate Design Code of Practice Comes Into Effect

The Oxford Statement on International Law Protections Against Foreign Electoral Interference through Digital Means

Photo by Joshua Sortino Dr. Antonio Coco, Lecturer in Law at the University of Essex, has co-drafted The Oxford Statement on International Law Protections Against Foreign Electoral Interference through Digital Means, which has been signed by 139 international lawyers so far. The Statement is the third in a series — informally known as the "Oxford … Continue reading The Oxford Statement on International Law Protections Against Foreign Electoral Interference through Digital Means

Reforming Cybercrime Legislations to Support Vulnerability Research: the UK Experience and Beyond

CODE BLUE (29-30 October 2020) is an international conference where the world's top information security specialists gather to give cutting edge talks, and is a place for all participants to exchange information and interact beyond borders and languages. As technology and society move forward and IoT (Internet of Things) is becoming a reality, security is … Continue reading Reforming Cybercrime Legislations to Support Vulnerability Research: the UK Experience and Beyond

Internet Safety Expert Recognised with OBE

Photo by Rami Al-zayat An Essex legal expert has been recognised in the Queen’s Birthday Honours for her work on internet safety. Professor Lorna Woods, from our School of Law, has been working since 2017 with William Perrin of the Carnegie UK Trust to develop a workable solution to ‘online harms’, a term that covers a range of … Continue reading Internet Safety Expert Recognised with OBE

When is Mass Surveillance Justified? The CJEU Clarifies the Law in Privacy International and Other Cases

Photo by Matthew Henry Lorna Woods, Professor of Internet Law, University of Essex Background This case concerns the collection of bulk communications data (BCD) from network operators by the security and intelligence agencies (SIAs).  It formed part of an action brought by Privacy International challenging the SIAs’ acquisition, use, retention, disclosure, storage and deletion of bulk … Continue reading When is Mass Surveillance Justified? The CJEU Clarifies the Law in Privacy International and Other Cases

University of Essex Academics Respond to the European Commission Consultation on Digital Cultural Heritage

Photo by Roman Kraft Professor Stavroula Karapapa, University of Essex, School of Law Digitisation has enabled access to and availability of cultural heritage to an extent previously unknown and, in addition, it has enhanced preservation and modern research opportunities, e.g. through text mining and data analytics. The availability of and access to cultural materials in … Continue reading University of Essex Academics Respond to the European Commission Consultation on Digital Cultural Heritage