SONY DSCDoes privacy still matter to us, and if so, do we have the right legal tools to protect it? This is the question that Timothy Pitt-Payne QC, information law specialist and barrister at 11KBW, will be addressing at the launch event for the Centre for Law and Information Policy at the Institute of Advanced Legal Studies on Tuesday 24 February 2015.

His lecture will be preceded by an academic workshop titled ‘Information flows and dams’ on data generation, dissemination, regulation and restriction, involving scholars from a number of different institutions working on information law and policy topics.

These include Ian Brown, Professor of Information Security and Privacy, University of Oxford, on “dimensions of cybersecurity”; Marion Oswald, Senior Fellow, University of Winchester, on “information warfare and privacy vigilantism”; Graham Smith, Partner, Bird & Bird, on “Extraterritorial interception and communications data acquisition” and Daithí Mac Síthigh, Reader in Law, Newcastle Law School, on “Computers and the Coalition”. Lilian Edwards, Professor of E-Governance, Strathclyde Law School, will offer reflections on the workshop.

Both events officially open the Centre for Law and Information Policy at the Institute of Advanced Legal Studies, part of the University of London’s School of Advanced Study, which is concerned with the law and policy of information and data, and will explore the ways in which law both restricts and enables the sharing and dissemination of different types of information.

The Centre’s Advisory Board includes specialist legal and policy practitioners and academics, including Christopher Millard, Professor of Privacy and Information Law, Centre for Commercial Law Studies, Queen Mary University of London; Dr Lawrence McNamara, Deputy Director and Senior Research Fellow, Bingham Centre for the Rule of Law; Dr Andrew Scott, Associate Professor of Law, Law Department, London School of Economics and Political Science; Gillian Phillips, Director of Editorial Legal Services, Guardian News & Media Limited; and Jeni Tennison, Technical Director, Open Data Institute. The board will be chaired by James Michael, Senior Visiting Research Fellow at the Institute of Advanced Legal Studies.

Although its remit and interests will develop over time, the Centre will look at the way that data and information are used (accessed, owned, controlled and shared) in contemporary society and the law and policy that regulates this; second, the way that data about law is communicated and distributed (for example, from courts).

Both launch events are free and will take place on 24 February 2015 at the Institute of Advanced Legal Studies, Charles Clore House, 17 Russell Square, London, WC1B 5DR.  Full details here. Registration is required:

For more information about the work of the new Centre, please contact its director Judith Townend, / @jtownend. Blog: / Twitter: @infolawcentre.