Professor Ian Walden, BA, MA, PhD, Solicitor of the Senior Courts of England and Wales
Professor of Information and Communications Law and Head of CCLS
Email: email@example.comTelephone: +44 (0)20 7882 8086Room Number: Lincoln's Inn Fields
Dr Ian Walden is Professor of Information and Communications Law and Director of the Centre for Commercial Law Studies, Queen Mary, University of London.
His publications include Media Law and Practice (2009), Free and Open Source Software (2013), Computer Crimes and Digital Investigations (2nd ed., 2016) and Telecommunications Law and Regulation (5th ed., 2018).
Ian has been a visiting professor at the universities of Texas, Melbourne and KU Leuven. Ian has been involved in law reform projects for the World Bank, European Commission, Council of Europe, Commonwealth and UNCTAD, as well as numerous individual states. Ian was a ‘expert nationaux détaché’ to the European Commission (1995-96); Board Member and Trustee of the Internet Watch Foundation (2004-09); on the Executive Board of the UK Council for Child Internet Safety (2010-12); the Press Complaints Commission (2009-14), a member of the RUSI Independent Surveillance Review (2014-15) and a member of the Code Adjudication Panel at the Phone-paid Services Authority (2016- ). Ian is a member of the Commission’s Expert Group to support the application of the GDPR. Ian is a solicitor and Of Counsel to Baker McKenzie. Ian leads Queen Mary’s qLegal initiative and is a principal investigator on the Cloud Legal Project.
Teaches an undergraduate course on media law, focusing on media ownership, pluralism and competition issues, as well as broadcasting law and regulation
Teaches postgraduate courses on the LLM programme in London and the Technology, Media and Telecommunications Law Online LLM. The courses he teaches on include EU Data Protection Law, Cybercrime, Telecommunications and Media Law.
Ian Walden's current research interests are cybercrime and cross-border access to electronic evidence, communications law, media regulation and free and open source software.
Ian also prepared the report ‘Legal and Regulatory Implications of Disruptive Technologies in Emerging Market Economies’ (2018) for the World Bank Legal Department’s Thematic Working Group on Technology and Innovation in Development.
Examples of research funding:
- “Study on data protection and contract terms and conditions for cloud computing services”, Report commissioned by DG Connect of the European Commission, February 2013.
- Ian is a member of the Cloud Legal Project, funded by Microsoft, and is a principal investigator on the A4Cloud, the Cloud Accountability Project, funded by the European Commission as a FP7 project.
- Ian leads Queen Mary’s qLegal initiative, which is part of the iLINC network, with funding from the European Commission as a FP7 project and from the Higher Education Innovation Fund.
Recent publications include:
- Telecommunications Law and Regulation, 5th edition, OUP (2018) - Sole editor and author of Chapter 1, ‘Telecommunications Law and Regulation: An Introduction’; Chapter 4, ‘European Union Communications Law’, Chapter 8 ‘Access and Interconnection’, Chapter 13, ‘Communcations Privacy’ and Chapter 16, ‘The International Regulatory Regime’.
- Computer Crimes and Digital Investigations, 2nd edition, OUP (2016)
- Free and Open Source Software: Policy, Law and Regulation, OUP (2013) – Joint editor and sole author of Chapter 1, ‘Open Source as Philosophy, Methodology and Commerce: Using Law with Attitude’.
- Media Law and Practice, OUP (2009, 2nd ed. forthcoming 2019), Joint editor and sole author of two chapters.
Chapters in Books
- “Skills swap? Advising Technology Entrepreneurs in a Student Clinical Legal Education Programme”, in Modernising Legal Education, ed. Catrina Denvir, Cambridge University Press, 2019.
- “Press regulation in a converging environment” in Gillies, L. and Mangan, D., (eds.) Mapping the rule of law for the Internet, Edward Elgar Publishing, Edward Elgar, 2017.
- “The United Kingdom”, p. 705-738, Access to Telecommunications Data in Criminal Justice (eds. Sieber and von zur Mühlen), Duncker & Humblot, 2017.
- “International Telecommunications Law, the Internet and the Regulation of Cyberspace”, chapter in Peacetime Regime for State Activities in Cyberspace (ed. Ziolkowski), 2013.
- Authored and co-authored 7 chapters in Cloud Computing Law (ed. Millard), OUP, 2013.
- “Beyond ‘Complacency and Panic’: Will the NIS Directive improve the cybersecurity of critical national infrastructure?”, (with Dave Michels) European Law Review, February 2020.
- “The Sky is Falling! – Responses to the ‘Going Dark’ problem”, pp. 901-907, Computer Law and Security Review, vol. 34, no. 4, 2018.
- “Brexit and the peculiar case of the telecommunications sector”, pp. 200-204, Computer and Telecommunications Law Review, vol. 22, no. 8, 2016.
- “Placing the state in the cloud: Issues of data governance and public procurement” pp.683-695, (with Gleeson), Computer Law and Security Review, vol. 32, no.5, 2016.
- “Responsibility & Machine Learning: Part of a Process” (with Singh, Crowcroft, and Bacon)(October 27, 2016). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2860048
- “Contracting for the ‘Internet of Things’: Looking into the Nest” (with Noto La Diega), European Journal of Law and Technology, Vol. 7, No. 2, 2016 (http://ejlt.org/article/view/450)(SSRN downloads: 1,216).
- “Policy, legal and regulatory implications of a Europe-only cloud”, (with Kuan Hon, Millard, Singh & Crowcroft) International Journal of Law and Information Technology, 2016, 24, 251-278.
- “Knowledge transfer in commercial law”, (with John Cummins & Patrick Cahill) InImpact: The Journal of Innovation Impact, Vol. 7, No. 1, 2014, pp. 163-176.
- “It’s a Jungle out there: Cloud Computing, Standards and the Law” (with Gleeson), European Journal of Law and Technology, vol. 5, no. 2, 2014.
- “Negotiating cloud contracts – Looking at clouds from both sides now” (with Hon & Millard), 16 Stanford Technology Law Review, 81, 2012 (SSRN downloads: 2,328).
- “Broadcasting privacy”, (with Lorna Woods) (2011) 3(1) Journal of Media Law 117–141.
- “Ensuring competition in the Clouds: The role of Competition law?” (with Laíse Bornico), ERA Forum (2011) 12, pp. 265-285.
- “The Internet: Access Denied Controlled!” (with Martin Wasik)  Crim. L.R. Issue 5.
Ian currently supervises PhD students in the areas of freedom of expression; privacy and the media; telecommunications; cybercrime and information security.
- Member of the European Commission’s Multistakeholder Expert Group to support the application of Regulation (EU) 2016/679 (since 2017)
- Legal Member of the Code Adjudication Panel at Phone-paid Services Authority (PSA) (since 2016).
- 2014-15: Appointed by the Deputy Prime Minister to the Royal United Services Institute’s Independent Surveillance Review and joint author of ‘A Democratic Licence to Operate’, whose recommendations were taken into account in the Investigatory Powers Act 2016.
- 2013-14: Member of the European Commission’s Expert Group on Cloud Computing Contracts (Commission Decision 2013/C 174/04 of 18 July 2013), whose work was acknowledged by the Commission as feeding into a proposed Directive ‘on certain aspects concerning contracts for the supply of digital content’.
- 2009-14: Lay Member of the Press Complaints Commission
- 2010-12: Member of the Executive Board of the UK Council for Child Internet Safety (UKCCIS)
- 2004-09: Public Interest Board Member of the Internet Watch Foundation (Vice-Chair from 2006 and Interim Chair January-April 2009).
- Queen Mary supports free legal advisory service in Kenya
24 July 2020
- CCLS partners with Argans Ltd to research IT infrastructure in Earth Observation
18 March 2020
- Regulations for air transport may prove ineffective
20 February 2020
- qLegal as a case study in the newly published book, Modernising Legal Education
13 February 2020
- Professor Ian Walden comments on the legal dilemmas spawning from social media
27 September 2018
- Professor Ian Walden discusses new legal dilemmas facing law firms in The Guardian
8 August 2017
- LLM students at QMUL first in the UK to be part of a ground breaking course on e-disclosure
7 September 2016
- qLegal hold Streetlaw Programme final in East London
24 May 2016
- Google ordered to remove news links by UK authority - Professor Ian Walden comments
25 August 2015
- Campaign calls for children's 'right to be forgotten' - Professor Ian Walden comments
29 July 2015
- Professor Ian Walden quoted by the Romford Recorder on Havering Council email leaks
6 March 2015
- Professor Ian Walden quoted by Sunday Telegraph on US threats to British online privacy
30 September 2014
- Law professor joins European Commission panel to increase take-up trust in cloud computing contracts
20 November 2013
- Professor Ian Walden: London-based privacy group files suit over American, British surveillance programs -Washington Post
9 July 2013
- Understanding how businesses are using the cloud - Professor Ian Walden in live panel discussion
11 June 2013