11th August 2017

Our Team

Christopher Millard
Professor of Privacy and Information Law
CCLS, Queen Mary University of London

Christopher Millard is Professor of Privacy and Information Law and head of the Cloud Legal Project in the Centre for Commercial Law Studies, Queen Mary University of London. He is also a Research Associate at the Oxford Internet Institute and is Senior Counsel to the law firm Bristows. He has over 30 years experience in the technology law field, in both academia and legal practice. He is Editor and Co-Author of Cloud Computing Law (Oxford University Press, 2013) and is a founding editor of the International Journal of Law and IT and of International Data Privacy Law. Christopher is a Fellow and former Chairman of the Society for Computers & Law, a past-President of the International Federation of Computer Law Associations, and a past-Chair of the Technology Law Committee of the International Bar Association.

Jon Crowcroft
Marconi Professor of Communications Systems
Computer Laboratory
University of Cambridge

Prior to being the Marconi Professor of Networked Systems in the Computer Laboratory, Jon was professor of networked systems at UCL in the Computer Science Department. He is a Fellow of the ACM, a Fellow of the British Computer Society, a Fellow of the IET, a Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering as well as a Fellow of the IEEE. He was the recipient of the Sigcomm Award in 2009. He is the Principal Investigator in the Computer Lab for the EU Social Networks project, the EPSRC funded Horizon Digital Economy project, hubbed at Nottingham, the EPSRC funded project on federated sensor nets project FRESNEL in collaboration with Oxford; and a new 5-year project towards a Carbon Neutral Internet with Leeds.

Ian Walden
Professor of Information and Communications Law CCLS
Queen Mary University of London  

​Ian Walden is Professor of Information and Communications Law and head of the Institute of Computer and Communications Law in the Centre for Commercial Law Studies. Ian has held visiting positions at the Universities of Texas and Melbourne. His publications include EDI and the Law (1989), Information Technology and the Law (1990), EDI Audit and Control (1993), Cross-border Electronic Banking (2nd ed., 2000), Telecommunications Law Handbook (1997), E-Commerce Law and Practice in Europe (2001), Computer Crimes and Digital Investigations (2007), Media Law and Practice (2009), Telecommunications Law and Regulation (4th ed., 2012) and Free and Open Source Software (2013).

Jean Bacon
Professor Emerita of Distributed Systems
Computer Laboratory, University of Cambridge

Jean Bacon is a Fellow of the British Computer Society and the IEEE, the latter of which she was elected to Board of Governors for between 2002-2004 and 2005-2007. In addition, she was founding Editor in Chief of IEEE Distributed Systems Online, DS Online, and is the Director of Studies in Computer Science at Jesus College, Cambridge. Jean leads the Opera Research Group, where her research interests are in the broad area of distributed systems. The focus of the group’s research is on the design and deployment of open, large-scale, widely distributed systems. Jean is currently also working on the PAL Personal and Social Communication Services for Health and Lifestyle Monitoring Project with Essex University, BT and Ericsson. The main focus of the project is to look at how future healthcare services impact current and future communication infrastructures, in particular with regards to assisted living.

Chris Reed
Professor of Electronic Commerce Law
CCLS, Queen Mary University of London

Chris Reed is a member of the Centre for Commercial Law Studies (CCLS). He joined the Centre in 1987 and is responsible for the University of London LLM courses in Information Technology Law, Internet Law, Electronic Banking Law and Telecommunications Law. Chris has published widely on many aspects of computer law and research in which he was involved led to the EU directives on electronic signatures and on electronic commerce. From 1997-2000, Chris was Joint Chairman of the Society for Computers and Law, and in 1997-8 he acted as Specialist Adviser to the House of Lords Select Committee on Science and Technology.

Jatinder Singh
EPSRC Research Fellow
Computer Laboratory, University of Cambridge

Jat Singh is an EPSRC Research Fellow at the Computer Laboratory, University of Cambridge. His technical work concerns issues of security, privacy, transparency, trust and compliance in emerging technology. Jat is also active in the tech-policy space, as an associate fellow for the Centre for Science and Policy, and has served on the UK Government’s E-infrastructure Leadership Council. He completed his PhD in Computer Science at the University in Cambridge, has several years of commercial experience in the areas of health and legal systems, and has a background in law from the University of Western Australia.

Dimitra Kamarinou
CCLS, Queen Mary University of London

Dimitra Kamarinou is a Researcher at the Centre for Commercial Law Studies, Queen Mary University of London and a qualified Greek attorney– at–law. Prior to joining the Cloud Legal Project and the Microsoft Cloud Computing Research Centre she worked for commercial law firms, intellectual property strategy firms in London and Reading, and human rights organisations, such as The Greek Ombudsman and Amnesty International, International Secretariat, London. Dimitra has obtained an LLM in Human Rights Law with Distinction from Birkbeck University of London, in 2010, and an LLM in Corporate and Commercial Law with Merit from Queen Mary University of London, in 2012. She has published in the fields of human rights and data protection law.

Laure​n Downes​
CCLS, Queen Mary University of London

Lauren Downes is a Researcher on the Cloud Legal Project, investigating cloud computing technology in the energy sector. She was previously a Research Associate in the Energy and Natural Resources Law Institute at CCLS where her responsibilities included legal research for the Gateway carbon capture and storage (CCS) project (EU Horizon 2020). She holds an LLM in Energy and Natural Resources Law from QMUL (with Distinction) where she was a Norton Rose Fulbright scholar. Before returning to academia, Lauren spent over a decade in various in-house legal and commercial advisory roles, representing Operators in the international upstream oil and gas industry.  Her experience includes negotiations in technology, exploration new ventures, liquefied natural gas (LNG) and floating LNG mega-projects. Lauren is a member of the New York Bar.

Chris Norval
Associate Researcher
Computer Laboratory, University of Cambridge

Chris Norval is a postdoctoral researcher at the Computer Laboratory, University of Cambridge. His research often involves the combination of Human Computer Interaction (HCI) experimental study design with Data Science analysis techniques in order to quantify, understand, and predict complex user behaviours. He has prior experience investigating issues such as the ethical implications of using AI to predict participant consent decisions, documenting user privacy concerns associated with social media, and optimising game difficulty balancing using machine learning. Chris obtained his PhD in HCI from the University of Dundee in 2014, and subsequently worked as a data scientist in the games industry for two years before returning to academia.

Dave Michels​
CCLS, Queen Mary University of London

Dave Michels is a Researcher on the Cloud Legal Project, conducting research on various legal aspects of cloud computing, with a particular interest in IP, criminal law, and human rights. Prior to joining CCLS, Dave worked as a Strategy and Policy Associate at Ofcom, the independent UK regulator for the communications markets. Before joining Ofcom, Dave worked as an Associate Legal Officer for the United Nations International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia in The Hague. Dave obtained an LLM in Intellectual Property Law from LSE (with distinction, 2014) and an LLM in International Criminal Law from the University of Amsterdam (Cum Laude, 2009).

Jennifer Cobbe
Computer Laboratory, University of Cambridge

Jennifer Cobbe is a researcher in the Computer Laboratory at the University of Cambridge, and the coordinator of Cambridge’s Trustworthy Technologies strategic research initiative. Jennifer holds an LLM in Law and Governance from Queen’s University, Belfast (with Distinction), and previously worked as a contracts negotiator and legal adviser in over-the-counter derivatives trading. She returned to study for a PhD in Law at QUB in 2014, looking at commercial and state surveillance, data protection, and privacy, and submitted her thesis in January 2018, before moving to Cambridge.

Eduard Fosch Villaronga
CCLS, Queen Mary University of London

Eduard Fosch Villaronga is a researcher exploring the legal aspects of cloud robotics under the “Cloud Legal Project” and the Microsoft Cloud Computing Research Center. Previously, he was a postdoctoral researcher at the Department of Law, Governance and Technology at the University of Twente, the Netherlands, where he explored RegTech-modes in the responsible development and use of robotics. He holds an Erasmus Mundus Joint Doctorate (EMJD) in Law, Science, and Technology, where he conducted research on the legal and ethical implications of the use of personal care robots. Apart from the mobility plan of his PhD programme, he has held visiting PhD positions at the Center for Education Engineering and Outreach (CEEO) at Tufts University in the United States; and the Laboratoire de Systèmes Robotiques at EPFL in Lausanne. Amongst receiving degrees from the University of Toulouse, the Autonomous University of Madrid, and the Autonomous University of Barcelona, he is also a qualified lawyer in Spain.

Laura Aliaga Martinez
PhD Researcher

CCLS, Queen Mary University of London

Laura Aliaga Martinez is a PhD Researcher at the Centre for Commercial Law Studies, Queen Mary University of London and a senior qualified Spanish attorney– at–law. Prior to joining the Cloud Legal Project and the Microsoft Cloud Computing Research Centre she worked for a Spanish top-ranked law firm in Spain and several Spanish law firm boutiques in ICT law. She is lecturing at several Spanish Universities and Business Schools for more than six years. She is a mentor on an Accelerator Programme of early stage innovative technology companies.  She is a member of the Executive Committee of the IT and TMT department at the Valencian Bar Association. She has been listed in Chambers and Partners and Best Lawyers. She has been appointed as an expert in her field by the Spanish Platform of Expert Women.

Anwaar Ali
PhD Researcher
Computer Laboratory, University of Cambridge

Anwaar Ali is a PhD student of Computer Science at the Department of Computer Science and Technology (CST), University of Cambridge. His research interests include security of networked and distributed systems, integration of laws and policies with technology, computer algorithms and theory of computation. Prior to starting the PhD he worked as a Research Assistant at CST as part of Networking for Development (N4D) group’s Architecture for an Internet for everybody (RIFE) project. He completed his Masters in Electrical Engineering degree at National University of Sciences and Technology (NUST), Islamabad, Pakistan. He holds an Undergraduate degree in Electrical Engineering from University of Engineering and Technology (UET), Lahore, Pakistan.

Vasiliki Koukoulioti
PhD Researcher
CCLS, Queen Mary University of London

Vasiliki is a PhD Researcher at the Centre for Commercial Law Studies, Queen Mary University of London and has been awarded the Microsoft-funded Cloud Legal Project CCLS Studentship for the purpose of pursuing her PhD. Her research focuses on the tax law implications from a corporate income tax point of view of the cloud computing technology and the digitalization of the economy, in general, having a tax policy approach. She is a qualified Greek attorney-at-law and prior to joining the Cloud Legal Project she worked as a tax lawyer for tax law firms in Athens, Greece and as a senior tax consultant at PwC Athens, Greece for five years providing tax advice and tax litigation services to multinational enterprises and high net worth individuals. Vasiliki has obtained an LL.M. in Tax Law with Merit from QMUL, in 2012 and an Advanced Diploma in International Taxation (ADIT) modular certificate from the Chartered Institute of Taxation (CIOT), London, in 2014.


Former team members include:

Kuan Hon, Consultant to the Cloud Legal Project (CCLS, Queen Mary University of London)

Kuan Hon originally qualified as a Solicitor of the Supreme Court of England and Wales and was admitted as an Attorney to the Bar of the State of New York. She then worked as a solicitor in the City of London, gaining broad experience in finance-related and commercial English legal issues (particularly banking, debt capital markets and corporate insolvency law). Pursuing a long-standing interest in technology, she obtained an MSc in Computing Science with merit from Imperial College, London in 2009 and then an LLM in Computer and Communications Law with merit from Queen Mary, University of London in 2010.

Heidi Howard, Cambridge PhD Student (University of Cambridge)

Prior to her current post, Heidi was a Research Assistant in the Network and Operating System Group (NetOS) at the Department of Computer Science, University of Cambridge working on a collection of projects focusing on networking and end to end connectivity. Heidi has a BA in Computer Science from University of Cambridge. Her research interests include computer networking protocols, online security and anonymity, project Lambda in Java SE 8, government policy for internet privacy and data protection, and computer science education, particularly Raspberry Pi.

Guido Noto La DiegaResearch Assistant to the Cloud Legal Project (CCLS, Queen Mary University of London)

A qualified Italian lawyer (avvocato) specialised in IP and IT Law, Guido has worked as an Assistant Professor (cultore della materia) of Civil Law and Copyright Law at the University of Palermo, visiting scholar at the Max Planck Institute for Intellectual Property and Competition Law in Munich and external researcher at the Nexa Center for Internet & Society (Politecnico di Torino). Guido holds a PhD degree in private law (International Doctoral School in Law & Economics “Tullio Ascarelli”, Rome Tre University and University of Palermo) and a Master’s Degree in Law (Laurea magistrale in Giurisprudenza). He has written papers on IP, IT, Privacy and Data Protection, and Robot Law.

Thomas F. J.-M. PasquierResearch Assistant and PhD Student (Computer Laboratory, University of Cambridge)

Thomas is a PhD student at the Opera Research Group at the Computer Laboratory, University of Cambridge working on the CloudSafetyNet project in collaboration with Imperial College. Prior to his current post, Thomas worked for a start-up (SRETT) developing wireless autonomous sensor-network for industrial and medical usage and for Gemalto Tools and Innovations R&D department for three years. Thomas has a BA in Electronic and Industrial Computing from the Conservatoire National des Arts et Métiers with Félicitations du Jury, a Diplôme d’Ingénieur in Software R&D from Institut Supérieur d’Electronique de Paris with Félicitations du Jury and an MPhil in Computer Science from the University of Cambridge with Distinction