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Research interests

Marion's research focuses on the interaction between law and digital technology, and involves multi-disciplinary collaboration and doctrinal, empirical and conceptual methodologies.  Building on her background as a practising lawyer within Government and technology companies, she has developed a particular specialism in the use of digital technologies and big data within policing and the wider public sector.  She regularly writes, speaks and advises on the impacts of new technologies, and the legal, ethical and social issues raised by personal data sharing and the deployment of innovative technology in the public and private sectors, focusing upon administrative and public law and human rights issues.  She has a particular interest in the use of information, Big Data and algorithms to solve public sector problems, and in the challenges to children’s best interests raised by our digital society.

Marion was awarded an MBE in The Queen’s Jubilee Birthday Honours list 2022 for services to digital innovation.

From July 2021 - March 2022, Marion was Specialist Adviser to the Justice and Home Affairs Committee advising the Lords Committee on its inquiry into technologies and the application of the law: https://committees.parliament.uk/work/1272/new-technologies-and-the-application-of-the-law/

From Sep 2021-Sep 23, Marion was appointed to the independent Advisory Board of the Centre for Data Ethics and Innovation, a government expert body focused upon the trustworthy use of data and AI.

From November 2021, Marion will be working part-time for the Turing Institute as Senior Research Associate supporting the Safe and Ethical AI Programme, focused in particular on criminal justice and national security.

Marion is an Associate Fellow of the Royal United Services Institute, Chair of the West Midlands Police and Crime Commissioner and West Midlands Police Data Ethics Committee, a member of the New Zealand Police independent advisory panel on emerging technologies, and a Board member of the UKRI Trustworthy Autonomous Systems Hub.  She is an independent member of the Open Rights Group Advisory board. She was a member of the Advisory Board to the Ada Lovelace Institute Ryder Review of the Governance of Biometric Technologies.  She was joint law track chair of the Association of Computing Machinery Fairness, Accountability and Transparency (ACM FAT) Conference 2020 and a member of the Council of Europe Working Group of Experts on Artificial Intelligence and Criminal Law.

Marion was PI and Director of the AHRC-funded 'Observatory for the Monitoring of Data-Driven Approaches to Covid-19' (https://www.omddac.org.uk/).

Marion is Managing Editor of the Journal of Law, Technology and Trust, sits on the Editorial Board of the Journal of Cross-Disciplinary Research in Computational Law, and has guest edited the European Journal of Law and Technology.  She is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy and a member of the AHRC's peer review college.

Biography

Dr Marion Oswald is Professor in Law at the University of Northumbria.  She researches the interaction between law and digital technology and has a particular interest in the use of information and innovative technology by criminal justice bodies and the wider public sector.  Marion regularly writes, speaks and advises on the legal and ethical implications of new technologies.

Marion was awarded an MBE in The Queen’s Jubilee Birthday Honours list 2022 for services to digital innovation.

From July 2021 - March 2022, Marion was Specialist Adviser to the Justice and Home Affairs Committee advising the Lords Committee on its inquiry into new technologies and the application of the law: https://committees.parliament.uk/work/1272/new-technologies-and-the-application-of-the-law/

From Sep 2021 - Sep 2023, Marion was appointed to the independent Advisory Board of the Centre for Data Ethics and Innovation, a government expert body focused upon the trustworthy use of data and AI.

From November 2021, Marion will be working part-time for the Turing Institute as Senior Research Associate supporting the Safe and Ethical AI Programme, focused in particular on criminal justice and national security.

Marion is a solicitor (non-practicing), with previous experience in legal management roles within private practice, international companies and UK central government including national security. She has worked extensively in the fields of data protection, freedom of information and information technology, having advised on a number of information technology implementations, data sharing projects and statutory reforms.  Marion spent 10 years at the University of Winchester where she founded and led the research and knowledge exchange centre, the Centre for Information Rights.

Marion was PI and Director of the AHRC-funded 'Observatory for the Monitoring of Data-Driven Approaches to Covid-19' (https://www.omddac.org.uk/).  She chairs the West Midlands Police & Crime Commissioner and West Midlands Police data ethics committee and is a member of the New Zealand Police independent advisory panel on emerging technologies.  She is an Associate Fellow of the Royal United Services Institute and a Board member of the UKRI Trustworthy Autonomous Systems Hub. She is an independent member of the Open Rights Group Advisory board.  She was a member of the Advisory Board to the Ada Lovelace Institute Ryder Review of the Governance of Biometric Technologies.

Marion is Managing Editor of the Journal of Law, Technology and Trust, sits on the Editorial Board of the Journal of Cross-Disciplinary Research in Computational Law, and has guest edited the European Journal of Law and Technology. She is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy and a member of AHRC's peer review college.

 



Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions

Education/Academic qualification

Law, PhD, PhD

Award Date: 17 Dec 2020

Law, BA, Durham University

26 Jun 1991 → …

Award Date: 26 Jun 1991

External positions

Advisory Board, Open Rights Group

1 Sept 2023 → …

Alan Turing Institute

Nov 2021 → …

Centre for Data Ethics and Innovation

9 Sept 20218 Sept 2023

Member of the Board of the UKRI Trustworthy Autonomous Systems Hub

13 Jan 2021 → …

Advisory Board to the Ada Lovelace Institute Ryder Review of the Regulation of Biometric Technologies

24 Jan 2020 → …

British and Irish Law, Education and Technology Association

… → Apr 2022

Council of Europe Committee on Crime Problems Working Group of Experts on Artificial Intelligence and Criminal Law

National Statistician's Data Ethics Advisory Committee

Royal United Services Institute

West Midlands Police and Crime Commissioner and West Midlands Police Ethics Committee

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