Dr Asma Vranaki

Lecturer, Law

Faculty:Faculty of Arts, Law & Social Sciences

Department:Anglia Law School

Location: Chelmsford

Areas of Expertise: Law , Information and communications technology law

Courses taught: Law

Dr Asma Vranaki investigates the links between law, society and ICTs. She specialises in all aspects of ICT law including data protection, IP, defamation and freedom of expression laws.

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Dr Asma Vranaki joined Anglia Law School as a Lecturer in 2016. Immediately prior to this, she was a Fellow at the Centre for Information Policy Leadership of Hunton & Williams (‘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 (‘GDPR Project’). Asma still advises CIPL on the GDPR Project.

Before that, she was a post-doctoral researcher in cloud computing law at the Centre of Commercial Law Studies, Queen Mary University of London, where she worked on the EC-funded ‘Accountability for Cloud’ project (‘A4 Cloud’). Her A4 Cloud work included designing and conducting an empirical research project that analysed the investigations of multinational cloud providers by European data protection authorities.

Prior to her involvement with A4 Cloud, 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 has held various visiting positions at the Centre for Socio-Legal Studies of the University of Oxford and the Centre for Commercial Law Studies of Queen Mary University of Law. She is currently an Associate Fellow at the University of Oxford.

In her earlier years, Asma practised as a commercial barrister and specialised in technology, media and telecommunications law. She has been called to the Bar of England & Wales and the Bar of Mauritius. 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.

Asma regularly undertakes consultancy work for Preiskel & Co LLP, a leading City law firm in the fields of technology, media, and telecommunications.

Spoken Languages

  • French
  • English

Research interests

  • Information & Communications Technology law and regulation (including Internet, cloud computing, social media, Internet of Things, Big Data, artificial intelligence and machine learning
  • Data protection and privacy laws (including the European General Data Protection Regulation and Privacy Shield)
  • Online intermediary liability
  • Intellectual property, defamation and freedom of expression laws in the Digital Age
  • Media law and regulation
  • Socio-legal studies
  • Science and Technology Studies

Asma's main research interests are ICTs (eg cloud computing and social networking sites) regulation and the protection of legal and human rights (e.g. personal data, intellectual property, freedom of expression, privacy, reputation and contract) in the Digital Age. She adopts a multi-disciplinary approach in her research. Asma uses methods and concepts from various disciplines including science and technology studies (in particular actor-network theory), socio-legal studies, regulation theories, internet studies and cyber-regulatory theories.

Areas of research supervision

  • ICT law (e.g. data protection, IP, defamation etc)
  • ICT regulation
  • Cyberspace, cloud computing, social networking sites, Internet of Things, artificial intelligence


  • Legal Method and Skills
  • Contract Law
  • Law of Information, Intellectual Property & Social Media


  • DPhil in Law, University of Oxford
  • Bar Vocational Course, City Law School
  • LLM in Computer & Communications Law, Queen Mary University of London
  • LLB, London School of Economics

Memberships, editorial boards

  • The Honourable Society of the Inner Temple
  • The Bar of England & Wales
  • The Bar of Mauritius
  • The Society for Legal Scholars
  • The Socio-Legal Studies Association
  •  The Law Society Association
  • The Society for Computers & Law 

Research grants, consultancy, knowledge exchange

  • Fellow, Centre for Information Policy Leadership, Hunton & Williams LLP
  • Senior Consultant, Preiskel & Co LLP
  • University of Oxford, Vice Chancellor Award (2011)
  • University of Oxford, Centre for Socio-Legal Studies Scholar (2010)
  • University of Oxford, Wolfson College Bursary (2010)
  • Queen Mary, University of London, Centre for Commercial Law Studies Scholar (2002)

Selected recent publications

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Vranaki, A. Learning Lessons from Cloud Investigations in Europe: Bargaining Enforcement and Multiple Centers of Regulation in Data Protection. U. Ill. J.L. Tech. & Pol'y (forthcoming).

Vranaki, A. Facebook Advertisements: Of Relational Materiality, Rituals of Consent, and Data Commodification. J. Marshall J. Info. Tech. & Privacy L. (forthcoming).

Vranaki, A. Wilson v. Yahoo! UK Ltd & Anor and the law on online sponsored links (2008), Communications Law, 13(4), p135.

Vranaki, A. Compensation of Commercial Agents. (2008) 17(2) Modern Law Review, 17(2), p271.

Book chapters

Vranaki, A. Cloud Investigations by European Data Protection Authorities: An Empirical View, in Rothchild, J. (ed). Research Handbook on Electronic Commerce Law (Edward Elgar Publishing, forthcoming).


Vranaki, A., 2017. Regulating Social Networking Sites: Data Protection, Copyright, and Power. Edward Elgar Publishing.

Research, policy and workshop reports

Vranaki, A., Bellamy, B. and Heyder, M. The Data Protection Officer in the GDPR. CIPL GDPR Project (forthcoming).

Heyder, M., Vranaki, A. and Bellamy, B. Risk, High Risk, Risk Assessments and Data Protection Impact Assessments in the GDPR. CIPL GDPR Project (forthcoming).

Vranaki, A. and Bellamy, B. Centre for Information Policy Leadership’s Response to the European Commission’s Public Consultation on the ePrivacy Directive. July 2016.

Vranaki, A., Bellamy, B. and Heyder, M. The General Data Protection Regulation: Challenges & Opportunities. Centre for Information Policy Leadership, Amsterdam Workshop Report, CIPL GDPR Project, April 2016.

Vranaki, A. and Bellamy, B. Towards Meaningful and Effective Data Transparency in the Digital Economy. Centre for Information Policy Leadership and Telefonica Round Table on Data Transparency Workshop Report, September 2016.

Vranaki, A. and Reed, C. Cloud Investigations by European Data Protection Authorities: Some Preliminary Empirical Lessons. Accountability for Cloud Project, D:D-4.1, 28 February 2015.

Vranaki, A. and Reed, C. The Rise of Investigations by European Data Protection Authorities in the Context of Cloud Computing. Accountability for Cloud Project, D-4.11, September 2014.

Vranaki, A. The Role of Law in Regulating the Investigations of Cloud Providers by European Data Protection Authorities. Accountability for Cloud Project, MS: D-4.4, May 2015.

Working papers

Vranaki, A., 2016. Cloud Investigations: Of Heterogeneous Methods and Practices. Target journal – CLMR, December 2016.

Vranaki, A., 2017. After Cyber-Regulatory Theory: Moving towards Power. Target journal – Law and Critique, July 2017.

Doctoral thesis

Vranaki, A., 2013. Rethinking Relations and Regimes of Power in Online Social Networking Sites: Tales of Control, Strife, and Negotiations in Facebook and YouTube. DPhil thesis, University of Oxford.

Selected external publications

Vranaki, A. Smart Regulation and the General Data Protection Regulation. Computers & Law, March 2016, p9.

Vranaki, A. Guest Post: Cloud Computing by Dr Asma Vranaki, Centre for Commercial Law Studies. GCRC, 2015.

Recent presentations and conferences

Vranaki, A. What are the objectives of Socio-Legal Studies? CSLS, Oxford February 2016.

Vranaki, A. Facebook Advertisements and Data Protection: Of Power Effects. Society of Legal Scholars Conference, York, September 2015.

Vranaki, A. Cloud Investigations by European Data Protection Authorities: An Empirical View. Centre for Law and Information Policy, IALS, 2015.

Vranaki, A. Facebook Advertisements, Data Protection, and Power Effects. Empirical Socio-Legal Forum, LSE, June 2015.

Vranaki, A. Learning Lessons From Cloud Investigations: Law and Information Privacy in Europe. Cloud Computing Research Seminar Series, Queen Mary, March 2015.

Vranaki, A. The Rise of the investigative age in Cloud Computing. Cloud Computing Research Seminar Series, Queen Mary, July 2014.

Vranaki, A. The Irish Facebook Audit: a tale of power and relations. GIKII Conference, September 2013.

Vranaki, A. Is “code” law in the copyright network of YouTube? An empirical analysis of the relationship between law and technology in YouTube. Society of Legal Scholars Annual Conference, Cambridge, September 2011.

Vranaki, A. An analysis of the copyright network of YouTube as a socio-legal-technological network. Socio-Legal Studies Association Conference, Sussex, April 2011.

Media experience

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Dr Asma Vranaki was recently quoted by the US Legal Tech News on the implications of Brexit for UK data protection laws. See Ed Silverstein, ‘Tech Companies Face Mixed Impact from Brexit Vote,’ (US Legal Tech News, 24 June 2016)