Judith Rauhofer is a Senior Lecturer in IT Law at the University of Edinburgh and an Associate Director of the Centre for Studies of Intellectual Property and Technology Law (SCRIPT). Her research primarily focuses on data protection and privacy law, drawing from, and combining, other cognate areas of law including human rights, constitutional law and EU law. Judith is particularly interested in exploring the tensions between privacy as an individual right and as a common good.
Judith teaches both on campus and on the School's online distance learning programmes (ODL). She is the course organiser for Data Protection and Data Privacy (LLM) and EU Data Protection Law (ODL), Information Technology Law (LLM and ODL). Most recently, she was programme director for the LLM Information Technology Law (ODL) and the LLM Innovation, Technology and the Law (ODL).
Judith is qualified as a Rechtsanwalt in Germany and as a solicitor in England and Wales. She has worked in legal practice for several years, advising clients from the media and new media industries on aspects of e-commerce, data protection and IT law. She has advised commercial, government and NGOs and continues to provide consultancy services in the area of data protection and IT law.
Judith is a member of the Executive of British and Irish Law, Eductation and Technology Association (BILETA) and of the Advisory Councils to the Open Rights Group (ORG) and the foundation for information policy research (fipr).
Judith has supervised a number of PhD students in the area of online privacy and data protection law. She welcomes applications in areas that align with her own research interests including, in particular:
- The role of fainess in limiting the use of consent in data protection law.
- Big Data and its impact on the data protection principles of fairness, lawfulness, purpose limitation and data minimisation.
- The concept of harm in data protection law.
- The risk and challenges of the "propertisation" of personal data.
Judith will be on sabbatical during the 2019/20 academic year.