Professor Lorna Woods

Deputy Director of Research (Impact), and Chair of Internet Law, School of Law at University of Essex

Deputy Director of Research, and Chair of Internet Law, School of Law, University of Essex

Lorna Woods was formerly a practising solicitor in an ICT practice in the City of London, she has extensive experience in the field of media policy and communications regulation, and she has published widely in this area. She is a recognised expert in the field having participated in a range of commissioned studies (such as the Hans Bredow Study on Co-regulation in the Media and the Rand Study on Internet Self-Regulation); and has given evidence to the House of Lords Select Committee on Communications with regards to plurality of provision of content and media ownership.

Professor Woods was one of the co-directors of the Initiative on Impunity and the Rule of Law ( She is currently the legal expert in an FP7 funded project on cloud computing.

In addition, Professor Woods is co-author of the textbook Steiner and Woods on EU Law (OUP) currently in its 11th edition and has written in the field of the internal market.

She has taught EU law, copyright, media law, freedom of expression/privacy and data protection at a number of UK universities and was, until recently, a Director of the Centre for Law, Justice and Journalism at City University London. She has supervised and examined PhDs in the fields of e-commerce, media regulation and copyright and freedom of expression.

She is serving a second term as a member of the ESRC Peer Review College

  • 29 June 2017

    2017 CSaP Annual Conference: How does academia contribute to the work of government?

    Our 2017 annual conference will bring together members of our extensive network to discuss some of the opportunities for policy makers at both local and national levels to draw on academic expertise in support of more effective policy making.

  • 2 March 2017

    What will the internet of the future look like?

    Join us for this one-day workshop. The future internet will no longer just be smart phone apps and the Cloud, largely deployed in the richest 20% of the world for knowledge, fun and profit. It will be the Internet of drones, the Internet of AIs, the Internet of the developing world. It will also be the Internet of truth, lies and mixed realities.