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Edina Harbinja

Edina Harbinja

Aston University, Birmingham


Dr Edina Harbinja is a senior lecturer in law at Aston University, Birmingham, UK. Her principal research areas are related to the legal issues surrounding the Internet and emerging technologies. Edina is a pioneer and a recognised expert in post-mortem privacy, i.e. privacy of deceased individuals. She has published widely on aspects of internet law and regulation. She has been a visiting scholar and an invited speaker to universities and conferences in the USA, Latin America and Europe. Her research has been highly impactful. She has been able to influence and inform American, the UK and Australian legislators and court cases over the past decade and big tech companies, the legal profession, and civil society.

Edina holds a number of appointments and memberships outside Aston. This includes, inter alia, membership of the Advisory Council at Open Rights Group, Senior Fellowship of the Higher Education Academy, membership of the Executive Committee, British and Irish Law, Education and Technology Association (BILETA). Edina is also an alumna of the Leadership Foundation’s Aurora Programme and the UK Digital Economy Ambassador, as a part of the CHERISH-DE Digital Economy Crucible Programme, Swansea University.

Her public engagement has been very extensive. She has published pieces in news outlets, websites, practitioners’ magazines etc. (e.g. BBC Tomorrow’s World, BBC Ideas, The Nature Outlook, The Guardian, The Verge, The Daily Mail, Business Insider,  The Conversation, The Law Society Gazette, The Legal Practice Management Magazine etc.). She is a TEDx speaker. Edina is a Chief Editor for the EUP book series ‘Future law’ and a Deputy Editor of the Computer Law and Security Review. Edina’s research interests are in the area of privacy and data protection, post-mortem privacy, digital regulation, digital property and AI. Find her on Twitter at @EdinaRl.