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Dr Edina Harbinja is a Reader in Media/Privacy Law. Her principal areas of research and teaching are related to the legal issues surrounding the Internet and emerging technologies. Edina is a pioneer and a recognised expert in post-mortem privacy, i.e. privacy of the deceased individuals. She has published widely on aspects of internet law and regulation and has been a visiting scholar and an invited speaker to universities and conferences in the USA, Latin America and Europe. Her research has been highly impactful. She has been able to influence and inform American, the UK and Australian legislators and court cases over the past 5 years, as well as big tech companies, the legal profession and civil society. Her public engagement has been very extensive. She has published pieces in news outlets, websites, practitioners’ magazines etc. (e.g. BBC Tomorrow’s World, BBC Ideas, The Nature Outlook, The Guardian, The Verge, The Daily Mail, The Conversation, The Law Society Gazette, The Legal Practice Management Magazine etc.).

Edina holds a number of appointments and memberships outside Aston. This includes, inter alia, membership of the Advisory Council at Open Rights Group, Senior Fellowship of the Higher Education Academy, membership of the Executive Committee, British and Irish Law, Education and Technology Association (BILETA). Edina is also an alumna of the Leadership Foundation’s Aurora programme and the UK Digital Economy Ambassador, as a part of the CHERISH-DE Digital Economy Crucible Programme, Swansea University.

Edina is a chief editor for the EUP book series ‘Future law’, along with Prof Lilian Edwards and Prof Burkhard Schafer, and she has guest edited tech law journals as well. She is also a peer reviewer for a number of journals in the area of IT and law and has reviewed research proposals, book proposals and monographs. Edina has led small grant applications as a PI, and have so far been successful at two important awards.

Edina’s research interests are in the area of privacy and data protection, post-mortem privacy, digital regulation, digital property and AI. Find her on Twitter at @EdinaRl.


Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions

External positions

Governor, Bordesley Green Girls' School & Sixth Form

Member of the Executive Committee, British and Irish Law Education and Technology Association (BILETA)

Member of the Advisory Council, Open Rights Group


  • K Law (General)
  • Internet regulation
  • privacy
  • data protection
  • free speech
  • post-mortem privacy
  • IP


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