Marion Oswald

VC Senior Fellow

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 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 National Statistician's Data Ethics Committee, an executive member of the British and Irish Law, Education and Technology Association and a Board member of the UKRI Trustworthy Autonomous Systems Hub.  She is 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 is PI and Director of the AHRC-funded 'Observatory for the Monitoring of Data-Driven Approaches to Covid-19'.

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.



Organisational affiliations

Education/Academic qualification

  • PhD, Law


  • BA, Law, Durham University

    26 Jun 1991 -

Professional Qualifications

  • Solicitor (non-practising),

    1 Sep 1994 -
  • Member, Law Society

    1 Sep 1992 -
  • Cert(Mang),

  • Fellow of the Higher Education Academy. , FHEA