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School of Law

Julia Hörnle, LLB (Leeds), PhD (London), Solicitor, MCIArb


Professor of Internet Law

Telephone: +44 (0)20 7882 8064
Room Number: Lincoln's Inn Fields


Julia Hörnle joined Queen Mary University of London in 2000 and is a Professor of Internet Law.

Julia trained with the international lawfirm of Eversheds, qualifying as a solicitor in 1999. She practised in their London and Brussels Offices before joining Queen Mary University of London.

She is an expert in internet law, focusing on regulatory issues, consumer protection, jurisdiction and online dispute resolution.

Julia teaches Cyberspace Law for the LLM and LLB and parts of other courses in the Computer and Communications Law offering.

Julia is the Director of Taught Programmes at CCLS.

She also manages the EULISP exchange programme with Hannover University.

Additionally, Julia has taught Internet law internationally, for the prestigious British Council funded European Young Lawyers Scheme at the College of Law. She has also taught at Beijing University of Post and Telecommunications, East China University of Political Science and Law in Shanghai, the University of Vienna and the National University of Singapore where she teaches an LLM module on Cyberspace Law as a visiting professor. She holds a research position at Georgetown University in Washington, DC and teaches a summer school in E-commerce Law for South Western Law School in Los Angeles. Julia speaks regularly at many high-profile international conferences.

Julia is the National Reporter (UK) for the Cybercrime Section of the International Comparative Law Congress, last held in Washington DC (2010).

She has managed a team of researchers in several publicly funded research projects, for the Information Commissioner, the European Commission, the Chinese Government and the UK Government (OFT and BIS) on Marketing to Children on the Internet, E-commerce Law, Consumer Protection and Online Arbitration, see for example 'Robust consumer protection laws needed to close internet loopholes".

Julia has been appointed to the Board of ATVOD, the independent co-regulator for television on demand.

Julia is the Managing Editor of IJLIT (Oxford University Press), the leading UK journal in the computer & communications law field.

Postgraduate Teaching

Distance Learning - Technology, Media and Telecommunications Law LLM


Internet Law and the jurisdictional and regulatory issues raised by the internet.


Selected Publications



  • "Disputes Solved in Cyberspace and the Rule of Law" JILT Issue 2 2001
  • "Private International Law and E-finance: the European Perspective" 8 The EDI Law Review 209-229 (2001)
  • "Competition and E-commerce" 18 Computer Law and Security Report 155-163 (2002)
  • "Internet Service Provider Liability - Let's (not) play piggy in the middle" 7 Communications Law 85-88 (2002) and also "ISP liability- playing piggy in the middle" 4 Electronic Business Law 11-12 (July 2002)
  • "Online Dispute Resolution- the Emperor's New Clothes" 17 (1) International Review of Law, Computers & Technology (2003) and ADR Online Monthly, September 2002 Issue and 3 (4) ICFAI Journal of ADR (India) 29-59 (October 2004)
  • "Online Dispute Resolution in Business to Consumer E-commerce Transactions" JILT Issue 2 2002 and in 2 (1) ICFAI Journal of ADR (India) 79-92 (January 2003)
  • "Kid Spenders-What the Law Should Do about Them" 6-7 Electronic Business Law 6-8 (December 2004), 10-12 (January 2005) and 10-12 (March 2005)
  • "Country of Origin Regulation in Cross-Border Media: One Step Beyond the Freedom to Provide Services?" 54 International Comparative Law Quarterly 89-126 (January 2005)
  • "The UK Perspective on the Country of Origin Rule in the E-commerce Directive- A Rule of Administrative Law Applicable to Private Law Disputes?"12 (3) International Journal of Law and Information Technology 333-363 (Autumn 2004)
  • "Moznosti a perspektivy on-line rozhodciho rizeni v Ceske republice a Spojenem kralovstvi" 2 Pravni Forum 45-50 (February 2005), co-authored with Dr Radim Polak
  • "Legal Controls on the Use of Arbitration Clauses in B2C e-commerce Contracts" (2008) 2 (1) Masaryk University Journal of Law and Technology 23-38
  • "The Uniform Domain Name Dispute Resolution Procedure: is too much of a good thing a bad thing?" (Summer 2008) 11 SMU Science and Technology Law Review 253-289
  • "Online Gambling in the European Union: a Tug of War without a Winner?" (2011) 30 (1) Yearbook of European Law (forthcoming)
  • "Countering the dangers of online pornography - shrewd regulation of lewd content?" (2011) 2 (1) European Journal of Law and Technology 1-26
  • W Kuan Hon, Julia Hörnle and Christopher Millard, "Data Protection Jurisdiction and Cloud Computing – When are Cloud Users and Providers Subject to EU Data Protection Law? The Cloud of Unknowing" (2012) 26 (2) International Review of Law, Computers and Technology 129-164
  • "Encouraging Online Alternative Dispute Resolution in the EU and Beyond" (2013) 38 European Law Review 187-208

Book Chapters

  • Chapter 2: "Directive 97/7/EC on the protection of consumers in respect of distance contracts", jointly with Gavin Sutter and Ian Walden; Arno Lodder and Henrik Kaspersen (eds.) eDirectives: Guide to European Union Law on E-commerce (Kluwer Law International 2002) 11-31
  • Chapter 12 "Online Dispute Resolution" in Tackaberry, Marriott, Wood (eds) Bernstein's Handbook of Arbitration Law & Practice (Sweet & Maxwell 2003) 781-835 also translated into Korean and published in Korean Law Journal (2002)
  • Chapter 18  "Global Regulation of Internet Transactions" in Encyclopedia of E-commerce Law (Sweet & Maxwell 2004) 18-1 to 18-56
  • Chapter 2 'The Changing Face of Electronic Consumer Contracts in the 21st century' (with Christine Riefa) and Chapter 3 'The Jurisdictional Challenge of the Internet' in L.Edwards/C. Waelde Law and the Internet (3rd edition Hart 2009)
  • Chapter ‘Online Dispute Resolution in the EU and Beyond- Keeping Costs Low or Standards High?’ in Christopher Hodges, Astrid Stadler Resolving Mass Disputes: ADR and Settlement of Mass Claims (Edward Elgar 2013)