Dr Subhajit Basu FRSA

Dr Subhajit Basu FRSA


I am an Associate Professor of Information Technology Law where I teach and research on the regulation of the internet, including issues relating to privacy, data protection, freedom of expression and also e-commerce. I am Chair of British, Irish Law Education and Technology Association (BILETA). In 2020 I have been awarded the Hind Rattan (a Hindi phrase, which translates to English as "Jewel of India"), by the Non-Resident Indians (NRI) Welfare Society of India for my outstanding contribution to education and achievements in the field of Information Technology Law.

I hold a PhD from Liverpool John Moores University and an LLB from the  University College of Law, Faculty of Law, Calcutta University. I was called to the Bar in 1998 and worked as an Advocate specialising in Corporate Law in India.

I aim to explore the challenges that the Internet has created in transforming our lives, especially in the area of governance and in our legal framework. Understanding and making sense of the increasing amount of “data” that is out there is central to my research. “Big data” can control our lives, and I am particularly interested in how we can better inform and empower consumers. I am also keen to examine how we can update our legal framework to protect privacy and equip the public with the knowledge needed to make informed choices.

I am a co-author of the Book “Privacy and Healthcare Data: ‘Choice of Control’ to ‘Choice’ and ‘Control’?” (Routledge, 2016). The book aims to open up the debate about how data could help medical research. The book also aims to shape and inform policy and to prevent one specific party – government or industry from exerting too much control.

I am the author of the critically acclaimed book “Global Perspectives on E-Commerce Taxation Law" (Ashgate, 2008). The book proposed the most effective mean for a collection of consumption taxes which is technically feasible, efficient, and cost-effective. It examined the volatile and rapidly changing intersection of e-commerce and tax law, particularly it focused on how to ensure the efficient collection of consumption taxes concerning the cross-border supply of digital goods and services.

I am currently working on and involved in the following externally funded research projects:

  • Co-Investigator: Enhance driver behaviour and Public Acceptance of Connected and Autonomous vehicLes (PASCAL) (EU Horizon 2020) June 2019 - May 2022. It is an international project aimed to develop a multidimensional map of public acceptance of higher levels of Connected and Autonomous Vehicles (CAV), pointing out any critical issues on the matter, particularly investigating the new “driver” needs considering different modes and mobility services. I am on researching the legal and regulatory frameworks required to accelerate the user acceptance of autonomous vehicles and connected transport systems.
  • Co-Investigator: MOdify Drivers’ behaviour to Adapt for Lower EmissionS (MODALES) (EU Horizon 2020) September 2019 - August 2022. This project researches behavioural aspects affecting these emissions. It aims to decrease the amount of air pollution arising from traffic by educating through dedicated training, awareness campaigns and a driver assistance app. This project has a special focus on the legal issues of tampering in the 28 Member States, in which legal and regulatory situations vary. My involvement is to research what these issues are and to identify the recommendations the project can make to the EC.
  • Co-Investigator: CRITiCaL - Combatting cRiminals In The Cloud (EPSRC) June 2015 - May 2020. In this project, we seek to understand the different types of crime that can happen in the Cloud, build systems that will allow the detection of this criminal behaviour and enable the use of digital evidence to lead to the successful prosecution of Cloud crime perpetrators.
  • Co-Investigator: ‘Review of Legislation and Policy Guidance Relating to Adult Social Care’ (funded by Commissioner of Older People Northern Ireland and Government of Northern Ireland, 2014-2015).The full report for the COPNI can be downloaded here.
  • Co-Investigator: “International Justice for Older Adults - Crossing Barriers as well as Borders” (funded by Borchard Foundation Center on Law and Aging, USA (2011-2013). Inter-disciplinary research on the need for better integration of health and social care (comparative and international perspectives) and rights and responsibilities of older adults and families.
  • Legal Expert and co-investigator on European Commission funded “HuWY”. The project aims to support young people’s eParticipation in policies about the Internet and its governance, through a distributed discussion (2009-2010).
  • Partner on European Commission funded Legal Framework for the Information Society (LEFIS) project on IT and Legal Education (2004) and LEFIS APTICE Thematic Network (2007). The project was responsible for developing, implementing and consolidating a cross-national teaching and research infrastructure which adequately responds to the needs and problems raised by the information and knowledge society.

Professional Activities:

Fellow of the Royal Society for the Encouragement of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce; Member of the Brazilian Academy of Crime Sciences: Committee on International Cybercrime Law; Research Fellow of African Centre for Cyberlaw and Cybercrime Prevention (ACCP); Advisor to Centre for Law and Technology (Nepal); Member of Advisory Board Centre for Cyber Victim Counselling; Fellow of the Higher Education Academy; Member of Dean’s Council, International Association of Law Schools.

I have been a Visiting Scholar at the Dickinson School of Law, Penn State University. I am visiting Professor of National University of Law (NLU) India and SGT University, India.

I am the Managing Editor of International Review of Law Computers and Technology (IRLCT). I also sit on the Editorial Boards of four journals: European Journal of Law and Technology (EJLT); International Journal of Innovation in the Digital Economy; International Journal of Virtual Worlds and Human-Computer Interaction (VWHCI); Global Business and Management Research: An International Journal

I regularly receive invitations to speak at national and international conferences and delivered guest lectures in a large number of Universities both in the UK and abroad concerning all aspects of Information and Technology Law. I have provided consultancy to Cybercrime Research Centre at Nicolaus Copernicus University in Toru; the Institute for Transport Studies, University of Leeds. I have provided training for policy-makers, government officials and business on E-Commerce Law from around the world. I  worked as an International Consultant for Drafting “Integrated Information Technology Bill” for Nepal (Department of Information Technology, Nepal).

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  • Chair, British and Irish Law Education and Technology Association
  • Managing Editor, International Review of Law Computers and Technology

Research interests

The focus of my research and writing is on “emerging technologies”, especially in the context of the “regulation of cyberspace”. Specifically, I explore how online activities and behaviour can be regulated and how we can provide protection for those using the internet. As a “realist”, I care about the opportunities created by these technologies, in particular ensuring a useful adaptive regulatory framework. I continuously question the political and economic power that technologies offer – a power that can be seised and bought and sold. Who will own these technologies? Who will control them? Who will be ethically responsible for their application and use? My research provokes, and challenges established conventions around regulation.

I am interested in all aspects of the regulation of cyberspace and contribute to the critical policy debate around AI, Big Data, health data, autonomous system (e.g. autonomous and connected cars), including liability, accountability, and privacy issues, robotics, online harm, privacy, freedom of expression and innovation. In today’s world, most creative expression takes place on Twitter and Facebook but are they liable for their users’ online activities? Should they be legally responsible for what their users do and say?

I am happy to supervise PhD students in the general areas of my research interests.

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  • PhD

Professional memberships

  • Royal Society of Arts
  • Higher Education Academy
  • Academia Brasileira de Ciências Criminais

Student education

I teach in the areas of Information and Technology Law, E-commerce Law, Cybercrime, Intellectual Property Law.

Research groups and institutes

  • Centre for Business Law and Practice

Current postgraduate researchers

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