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Centre for Commercial Law Studies

Professor Chris Reed, BA (Keele), LLM (London)


Professor of Electronic Commerce Law

Telephone: +44 (0)20 7882 8078
Room Number: Lincoln's Inn Fields


Chris Reed is a member of the Centre for Commercial Law Studies (CCLS). He joined the Centre in 1987 and is responsible for the University of London LLM courses in Information Technology Law, Internet Law, Electronic Banking Law and Telecommunications Law. Chris has published widely on many aspects of computer law and research in which he was involved led to the EU directives on electronic signatures and on electronic commerce. From 1997-2000, Chris was Joint Chairman of the Society for Computers and Law, and in 1997-8 he acted as Specialist Adviser to the House of Lords Select Committee on Science and Technology. Chris participated as an Expert at the European Commission/Danish Government Copenhagen Hearing on Digital Signatures, represented the UK Government at the Hague Conference on Private International Law and has been an invited speaker at OECD and G8 international conferences. He is a former Director of CCLS, and from 2004 to 2009 was Academic Dean of the Faculty of Law & Social Sciences.

In 2022, the Cloud Legal Project launched on Coursera an innovative online specialisation in Cloud Computing Law. Chris Reed is an instructor in the week that covers information ownership and intellectual property.


Research Interests:

  • Artificial intelligence – responsibility, liability and regulation
  • Cloud Computing
  • Theories of regulation in cyberspace
  • Cross-border regulation of online activities, electronic signatures, online banking and financial services, and all aspects of electronic commerce.


  • Chris Reed & Andrew Murray, Rethinking the Jurisprudence of Cyberspace (Cheltenham: Edward Elgar 2018) ISBN 978 1 78536 428 0
  • Making Laws for Cyberspace (Oxford University Press 2012) xxi + 249pp, ISBN 978-0199657612
  • Chris Reed & Irene Ng, Data Trusts as an AI Governance Mechanism (February 14, 2019). Available at SSRN or via
  • Lauren Downes and Chris Reed, “Blockchain for Governance of Sustainability Transparency in the Global Energy Value Chain” (August 22, 2018). Queen Mary School of Law Legal Studies Research Paper No. 283/2018. Available at SSRN.
  • Chris Reed, “How should we regulate artificial intelligence?” Phil. Trans. R. Soc. A 376 : 20170360.
  • Chris Reed (2018). Why judges need jurisprudence in cyberspace. Legal Studies, 38(2), 263-278. doi:10.1017/lst.2017.15
  • Chris Reed, Umamahesh Sathyanarayan, Shuhui Ruan, Justine Collins, ‘Beyond BitCoin – legal impurities and off-chain assets’ (2018) 26 International Journal of Law and Information Technology 160–182
  • Reed, Chris and Kennedy, Elizabeth J and Silva, Sara Nogueira, “Responsibility, Autonomy and Accountability: Legal Liability for Machine Learning” (October 17, 2016). Queen Mary School of Law Legal Studies Research Paper No. 243/2016. Available at SSRN.
  • Sara Nogueira Silva and Chris Reed, “You Can’t Always Get What You Want: Relative Anonymity in Cyberspace”, (2015) 12:1 SCRIPTed 35
  • “Cloud Governance: the way Forward” in Millard (ed), Cloud Computing Law (Oxford 2013, Oxford University Press) Ch 14
  • “Ownership of Information in Clouds” (with Alan Cunningham) in Millard (ed), Cloud Computing Law (Oxford 2013, Oxford University Press) Ch 6
  • “Consumer Protection in Cloud Environments” (with Alan Cunningham) in Millard (ed), Cloud Computing Law (Oxford 2013, Oxford University Press) Ch 13
  • “How to Make Bad Law: Lessons from Cyberspace”, (2010) 73 MLR 903
  • “Online and Offline Equivalence: Aspiration and Achievement”, (2010) 18 International Journal of Law and Information Technology 248-273
  • “Taking Sides on Technology Neutrality”, (2007) 4:3 SCRIPT-ed 263 ISSN 744-2567
  • “The Law of Unintended Consequences – embedded business models in IT regulation”, (2007) 2 JILT ISSN 1361-4169
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