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Dr Asma Vranaki

Dr Asma Vranaki

Dr Asma Vranaki
LLB (LSE), LLM (QMUL), BVC (City), DPhil (Oxon), Fellow (HEA)

Lecturer in Law

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Lecturer in Law

Office 5.72
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I specialise in all aspects of Information Law and Regulation. My research engages with various disciplines including regulation, Internet studies, science & technology studies (including actor-network theory) and socio-legal studies. 

I am particularly interested in the data protection, privacy, IP, defamation, freedom of expression and contract law issues raised by innovative digital technologies such as social media, cloud computing, AI and the Internet of Things. 


Dr Asma Vranaki specialises in all aspects of Information Law and Regulation. She is particularly interested in data privacy, IP, defamation, freedom of expression and contract. Her empirical and multi-disciplinary work engages with innovative digital technologies including social media, cloud computing, Artificial Intelligence and the Internet of Things. She is the Policy and Regulation lead of the Research Centre on Privacy, Harm Reduction and Adversarial Influence Online (REPHRAIN). REPHRAIN brings together multi-disciplinary experts from the Universities of Bristol, Bath, Edinburgh, King’s College London and UCL to explore how to protect people from online harms. 

Asma has published several journal articles and book chapters on these topics with leading peer-reviewed journal and academic publishers. Her forthcoming peer-reviewed monograph with Edward Elgar Publishing provides detailed and critical empirical insights into social media regulation. A full list of her publications can be found here. Asma was the University of Bristol Law School's Information Rights Officer in 2019-20 and the Chair of the University of Bristol Law School's Research Ethics Committee in 2018/19. She is a member of the University of Bristol Information Governance and Security Advisory Board.  

Asma regularly speaks at key academic conferences in her field. She also regularly delivers CPD sessions on data protection laws, cyber-security laws and other aspects of Information Laws to City law firms. 

Prior to joining the University of Bristol, Asma was a Fellow at the Centre for Information Policy Leadership of Hunton & Williams (now Hunton Andrews Kurth LLP) (‘CIPL’), a leading international data protection and privacy think tank. She worked on CIPL’s multi-stakeholder project on the consistent implementation and interpretation of the General Data Protection Regulation.

Before that, Asma was a post-doctoral researcher in cloud computing law at Queen Mary University of London where she worked on the EC-funded ‘Accountability for Cloud’ project (‘A4 Cloud’). As part of her A4 Cloud work, Asma conducted an empirical research project which analysed the investigations of multinational cloud providers by European data protection authorities.

Over the past 13 years, Asma  has taught law at various universities including the London School of Economics & Political Science, the University of Oxford, Queen Mary and the City Law School. She has also been Associate Fellow at the University of Oxford and a Research Associate at Queen Mary University of London.

In her formative years, Asma practised as a commercial barrister and specialised in technology, media and telecommunications law. She regularly undertakes consultancy work for City law firms in all aspects of Information Law. In particular, she regularly provides law firms, SMEs, start-ups and multinational companies with specialist advice on all aspects of European data protection laws. 

Asma read for the degree of Doctor of Philosophy in Law (DPhil in Law) at the Centre for Socio-Legal Studies of the University of Oxford. Her doctoral thesis, entitled “Rethinking Relations and Regimes of Power in Online Social Networking Sites: Tales of Control, Strife, and Negotiations in Facebook and YouTube”, was a qualitative socio-legal research project which explored the complex and multiple power effects generated in two social networking sites – Facebook and YouTube – when data protection and copyright were at stake. 

Asma is a member of the Honourable Society of the Inner Temple. She has been called to the Bars of England & Wales and Mauritius. She is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy. Asma is also a member of the Society of Legal Studies, the Socio-Legal Studies Association, the Society for Computers & Law and the International Association of Privacy Professionals. 



  • Information Law and Regulation Data Protection and Privacy Law Intellectual Property Law Socio-Legal Studies Science and Technology Studies
  • Actor-Network Theory


  • Bar of Mauritius Bar of England & Wales Fellow
  • Higher Education Academy Society of Legal Scholars Socio-Legal Studies Association BILETA

Recent publications

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