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.
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).