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University of Cambridge Ph.D. National University of Ireland, Galway B.A., LL.B., LL.M. (Public Law) (Hons)


Nora's research interests focus on governance, human rights, and technology, particularly in the fields of digital privacy, data protection, and state surveillance.

Her Ph.D. at the University of Cambridge Faculty of Law examined the impact of the right to respect for private life on the EU Data Retention Directive which mandated the mass retention of EU citizens’ communications metadata for national security and law enforcement purposes.

This doctoral research is the focus on her forthcoming monograph - Data Privacy, Serious Crime, and EU Policy-Making (Oxford University Press).

CV / Biography

Dr Nora Ni Loideain is Director and Lecturer in Law of the Information Law and Policy Centre at the Institute for Advanced Legal Studies (IALS).

She is also an Affiliated Lecturer at the Cambridge Faculty of Law, a Visiting Lecturer for the LL.M. Privacy and Information Law module at King’s College London and a Senior Research Fellow at the University of Johannesburg's Faculty of Humanities. 

Following her doctoral research at the University of Cambridge Faculty of Law on state surveillance and the right to respect for private life, she was a Postdoctoral Research Associate for the Technology and Democracy Project at the University of Cambridge Centre for Research in the Arts, Social Sciences, and Humanites (CRASSH). 

She is an editor of International Data Privacy Law (Oxford University Press).

Prior to her academic career, she was a Legal and Policy Officer for the Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions of Ireland and clerked for the Irish Supreme Court. 




"“The End of Safe Harbour: Implications for EU Digital Privacy and Data Protection Law” " (2016) 19(8) Journal of Internet Law 1

(2016) 19(8) Journal of Internet Law 1
Jan 2016

"“EU Law and Mass Internet Metadata Surveillance in the post-Snowden era” " (2015) 3(2) Media and Communications – Special Issue on Surveillance: Critical Analysis and Current Challenges 53

(2015) 3(2) Media and Communications – Special Issue on Surveillance: Critical Analysis and Current Challenges 53
Jun 2015

Book Chapters

"“Surveillance of Communications Data and Article 8 of the European Convention on Human Rights”" in (Ed), Reloading Data Protection (Springer), pp. 183-209

Published Date:
Jan 2014

"“Assessing the Evaluation of the EC Data Retention Directive”" in , Human Rights and Risks in the Digital Era: Globalization and the Effects of Information Technologies (IGI Global), pp. 67-79

IGI Global
Published Date:
May 2012

"“Implications of the EC Data Retention Directive for Data Protection and Privacy”" in , Personal Data Privacy and Protection in a Surveillance Era: Technologies and Practices (IGI Global), pp. 256-272

IGI Global
Published Date:
May 2011

Book Reviews

Review of S.B. Wicker, Cellular Convergence and the Death of Privacy (2014) 4(3) International Data Privacy Law 243

Review of C.T. Marsden, Internet Co-Regulation: European Law, Regulatory Governance and Legitimacy in Cyberspace (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2011) (2012) 71(2) Cambridge Law Journal 457