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Centre for IT and Law


The Centre for IT and Law is a pioneering centre dedicated to tackling the new legal challenges associated with the fast-moving world of information technology. It is a cross-disciplinary venture building on existing strengths in the Faculties of Law and Engineering and Computer Sciences. The new Centre is supported by an Advisory Group of international businesses and legal experts.

Vodafone Group Services Ltd, Barclaycard, Herbert Smith, Hewlett Packard Laboratories and the Law Society Charitable Trust are all investing in the new Centre to find solutions to legal problems created by new technology. Each member of the Advisory Group has invested £15,000 a year for five years.

The Centre is directed by the University's newly appointed Senior Research Fellow, Andrew Charlesworth, who was previously Director of the Information Law & Technology Unit at the University of Hull.


The sponsors of the Centre are Vodafone, Hewlett-Packard Laboratories Europe, Barclaycard, the Law Society Charity, and Herbert Smith Solicitors.


Andrew Charlesworth provides a range of consultancy services in Information Technology Law to a range of Higher Education organizations, notably the Joint Information Systems Committee of the Higher Education Funding Council (JISC). He is currently providing guidance to JISC on the Freedom of Information Act 2000 and the Regulation of Investigatory Powers Act 2000.

He has lectured on computer misuse, data protection, intellectual property, social exclusion and the information superhighway, and legal issues of the Internet and World Wide Web, at conferences and seminars in Europe, North America, the Middle East and Australia.

Recent publications include "The EU Approach to Internet Regulation" in The Internet, Law and Society, Akdeniz, Y. & Walker, C. (eds.) (Longman, 2000), "Data Privacy in Cyberspace: Not National vs. International but Commercial vs. Individual" in Law and the Internet: A Framework for Electronic Commerce (2nd ed.) Edwards L. & Waelde, C. (eds.) (Hart Publishing, 2000), and "Liabilities of Internet Intermediaries" (with Reed, C.) in Computer Law (4th ed.) Reed, C. & Angel, J. (eds.) (Blackstone Press, 2000).


The Centre for IT and Law will initially be working primarily in areas of law relating to Privacy, Digital Rights Management, Cybercrime and E-commerce.

Academic Staff

Andrew Charlesworth David May Nigel Smart

Research Staff

Research Students