Dr Nora Ní Loideain

Lecturer in Law and Director of Information Law & Policy Centre at Institute of Advanced Legal Studies

Lecturer in Law and Director of Information Law & Policy Centre, Institute of Advanced Legal Studies

Nora Ní Loideain is a Lecturer in Law, and the Director of the Information Law & Policy Centre at the Institute of Advanced Legal Studies (part of the University of London's School of Advanced Study). Her research interests include state surveillance, digital privacy, and data protection, as well as human rights and technology.

Before joining the Institute, Nora was a Research Associate in the Centre for Research in the Arts, Social Science and Humanities at the University of Cambridge, where she worked on a project focusing on the impact of the digital revolution on democracy.

Nora holds a PhD from the University of Cambridge's Faculty of Law, where her doctoral thesis investigated whether the standard of protection from covert surveillance under Article 8 of the ECHR has kept up to date with major technological and regulatory developments, or whether EU policy makers and the courts have failed to ensure that these safeguards are still adequate and effective. This research is the first in-depth legal examination of whether EU law (the Data Retention Directive) regulating the State surveillance of every citizens’ communications data since 2006 has met the human rights standards guaranteed under this international human rights instrument and the EU Charter of Fundamental Rights.

Nora is a Visiting Lecturer for the LL.M. Privacy and Information Law module at King’s College London and a Senior Research Fellow at the University of Johannesburg's Faculty of Humanities. She has previously worked as a Legal and Policy Officer for the Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions of Ireland and clerked for the Irish Supreme Court. In 2015 and 2016 her research was included in the written evidence submitted to the government committees reviewing the Investigatory Powers Bill, and she has been published in multiple journals including International Data Privacy Law, and the Cambridge Law Journal.