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Professor Ian Walden, BA, MA, PhD, Solicitor of the Senior Courts of England and Wales


Professor of Information and Communications Law

Telephone: +44 (0)20 7882 8086
Room Number: Lincoln's Inn Fields


Ian Walden is Professor of Information and Communications Law and head of the Institute of Computer and Communications Law (ICCL) in the Centre for Commercial Law Studies, Queen Mary University of London. 

His publications include EDI and the Law (1989), Information Technology and the Law (1990), EDI Audit and Control (1993), Cross-border Electronic Banking (2nd ed., 2000), Telecommunications Law Handbook (1997), E-Commerce Law and Practice in Europe (2001), Computer Crimes and Digital Investigations (2007), Media Law and Practice (2009), Telecommunications Law and Regulation (4th ed., 2012) and Free and Open Source Software (2013).

Ian has been involved in law reform projects for the World Bank, the European Commission, Council of Europe, UNCTAD, ITU, UNECE and the EBRD, as well as numerous individual states. Ian was awarded a Council of Europe Human Rights Fellowship (1987-88); was a seconded national expert to the European Commission DG-Industry (1995-96); Board Member and Trustee of the Internet Watch Foundation (2004-09); on the Executive Board of the UK Council for Child Internet Safety (2010-12); the Press Complaints Commission (2009-14), and a member of the RUSI Independent Surveillance Review (2014-15). Ian is a solicitor and Of Counsel to Baker & McKenzie. Ian leads Queen Mary’s qLegal initiative and is a principal investigator on the Cloud Legal Project.

Undergraduate Teaching

Postgraduate Teaching

  • QLLM076 Media Law
  • QLLM119 Privacy and Information Law
  • QLLM128 Telecommunications Law
  • QLLM161 International Cybercrimes and Investigations
  • CCDM009 Computer Crime
  • CCDM021 European Telecommunications Law


Ian Walden's current research interests are cybercrime, telecommunications law, media regulation and free and open source software.

Ian leads Queen Mary’s qLegal initiative, which is part of the iLINC network, with funding from the European Commission as a FP7 project and from the Higher Education Innovation Fund.

Examples of research funding:

  • “Study on data protection and contract terms and conditions for cloud computing services”, Report commissioned by DG Connect of the European Commission, February 2013.
  • Ian is a member of the Cloud Legal Project, funded by Microsoft, and is a principal investigator on the A4Cloud, the Cloud Accountability Project, funded by the European Commission as a FP7 project.
  • Ian leads Queen Mary’s qLegal initiative, which is part of the iLINC network, with funding from the European Commission as a FP7 project and from the Higher Education Innovation Fund.


Publications since 2005


  • Joint editor of Free and Open Source Software (OUP, 2013) and chapter author of ‘Open Source as Philosophy, Methodology and Commerce: Using law with attitude’ (ISBN 978-0-19-968049-8)
  • Editor of Telecommunications Law and Regulation, 4th edition (OUP, 2012) and sole author of Chapter 1, ‘Telecommunications Law and Regulation: An Introduction’; Chapter 4, ‘European Telecommunications Law’ and Chapter 11, ‘The International Regulatory Regime’ and Chapter 8 ‘Access and Interconnection’ (ISBN 0-19-927447-9).
  • Media Law and Practice, Joint editor and sole author of Chapter 2 ‘Who owns the media?’ (17,624 words) and Chapter 11 ‘Criminal Content and Control’ (17,316 words), Oxford University Press, October 2009.
  • Computer Crimes and Digital Investigations, sole authored (206,000+ words), Oxford University Press, March 2007 (ISBN 978-0-19-929098-7).
  • Telecommunications Law and Regulation, 3rd edition, (2009), 2nd edition, Oxford University Press (2005), 1st edition Blackstone Press (2001)  - Sole editor and sole author of Chapter 1, ‘Telecommunications Law and Regulation: An Introduction’ (8,602 words); Chapter 8, ‘European Telecommunications Law’ (18,847 words) and Chapter 11, ‘The International Regulatory Regime’ (20,343 words) and joint author of Chapter 8 ‘Access and Interconnection’ (21,772 words) (ISBN 0-19-927447-9). An Indian edition was published 2007.

Chapters in books

  • Joint author of six chapters and sole author of one chapter in Cloud Computing Law (ed. Millard) (OUP, 2013).
  • “Governance, Law and Regulation of Cloud Services in Developing Countries”, in UNCTAD’s Information Economy Report 2013.
  • “Demystifying Regulation in the Cloud: Opportunities and Challenges for Cloud Computing”, Chapter 6 in Trends in Telecommunications Reform 2013, International Telecommunications Union Publication.
  • “Law enforcement access in a cloud environment”, forthcoming in Privacy and Security for Cloud Computing: Selected Topics, Springer, 2012.
  • “Online crime and security” (with Ross McKean), Chapter 4 in A Practitioner’s Guide to the Law and Regulation of Financial Crimes, Thomson Reuters, November 2010 (5,804 words).
  • “Computer forensics and the presentation of evidence in criminal cases”, Chapter in Handbook on Internet Crime, eds. Jewkes, Y. and M. Yar, Willan Publishing, 2009 (14,080 words).
  • “Friends and relations: Data protection and privacy under UK law”, published as “Data protection e privacy nel Regno Unito: nessi ed implicazioni”, pp. 993-1020, Chapter in Il codice di trattamento dei dati personali, eds. V. Cuffaro, R. D’Orazio e V. Ricciuto, Dott. Giuliano Giappichelli, (ISBN 978-88-348-5735-9) (12,130 words), 2007.
  • Contributing author to Concise European IT Law, eds. Büllesbach, Poullet, Prins, Kluwer Law International, 2006 (6,159 words); 2nd ed. forthcoming 2010.
  • “Competition issues in intellectual property transactions”, (with Demetriades and Murray), pp. 239-255, Intellectual Property Issues in Commercial Transactions (ed. Demetriades), Sweet & Maxwell, 2008.
  • “Cybercrime and Jurisdiction in the United Kingdom”, Chapter in Cybercrime Jurisdiction: A Global Survey, eds. B-J Koops, and S. Brenner, T.M.C. Asser Press, 2006 (8, 428 words).

Journal papers

  • ”Broadcasting privacy”, (with Lorna Woods) (2011) 3(1) Journal of Media Law 117–141 (11,680 words).
  • “Ensuring competition in the Clouds: The role of Competition law?” (with Laíse Da Correggio Luciano), in ERA Forum, vol. 12, no. 2, 2011 (8,453 words).
  • “The Internet: Access Denied Controlled!” (with Martin Wasik) [2011] Crim. L.R. Issue 5 (5,807 words).
  • “Contracts for Clouds: A Comparative Analysis of Terms and Conditions for Cloud Computing Services” (with Simon Bradshaw and Christopher Millard)(17,000 words), in International Journal of Law and Information Technology, vol. 19, no. 3, 2011: pp. 187-223.
  • “Mine host is searching for a ‘neutrality’ principle!”, pp. 203-2-9, Computer Law and Security Report, vol. 26, no. 2, 2010 (6,328 words).
  • “Regulating broadcasting in a converging environment: Without frontiers and without a fuss!” (2007) 12(4) Media and Arts Law Review 423 (8,159 words). An earlier version was published in  Revista de Direito de Informática e Telecomunicações, pp. 129-149, Vol. 2, Jan-July 2007, (7,480 words).
  • “Laws and Contracts in an eCommerce Environment”, pp. 299-314, in Information Economy Report 2006: The Development Perspective, UNCTAD (8,361 words), 2006.
  • Communication service providers: Forensic source and investigatory tool”, pp.10-17, Information Security Technical Report, Vol. 11, No. 1, 2006 (7,090 words)

Publications 2001-2005

  • Telecommunications Law and Regulation, 2ed, (Co-editor with J. Angel), Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2005, 731, ISBN: 0199274479
  • Telecommunications Law and Regulation: An Introduction, in I. Walden and J. Angel (Editors), Telecommunications Law and Regulation, 2ed, Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2005, 3-22, ISBN: 0199274479
  • European Union Communications Law, in I. Walden and J. Angel (Editors), Telecommunications Law and Regulation, 2ed, Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2005, 107-149, ISBN: 0199274479
  • The International Regulatory Regime, in I. Walden and J. Angel (Editors), Telecommunications Law and Regulation, 2ed, Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2005, 463-500, ISBN: 0199274479
  • Crime and Security on Cyberspace [2005] 18(1) Cambridge Review of International Affairs 51-68, ISSN: 0955-7571
  • Accessing public information [2005] 7 Electronic Business Law 8-10, ISSN: 1464-9624
  • Protecting Privacy Rights in an Online World, in E-Commerce and Development Report 2004, Geneva: UNCTAD, 2004, 155-177, ISBN: 9211126533
  • Harmonising Computer Crime Laws in Europe [2004] 12(4) European Journal of Crime, Criminal Law and Criminal Justice 321-336, ISSN: 0928-9569
  • Forensic Investigations in Cyberspace for Civil Proceedings [2004] 18(2) International Review of Law Computers and Technology 275-287, ISSN: 1360-0869
  • Data Protection, in C. Reed and J. Angel (Editors), Computer Law, 5ed, Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2003, 417-454, ISBN: 0199263507
  • Addressing the Data Problem [2003] 8(2) Information Security Technical Report 18-31, ISSN: 1363-4127
  • Retaining and Accessing Communications Data [2003] 8 Tolley's Communications Law 220-224, ISSN: 1361-9918
  • Directive 97/7/EC on the Protection of Consumers in Respect of Distance Contracts, in A. Lodder and H. Kaspersen (Editors), eDirectives: Guide to European Law on E-Commerce, The Hague: Kluwer Law International, 2002, 11-31, ISBN: 9041117520
  • Honeypots: A Sticky Legal Landscape (Co-author with A. Flanagan) [2003] 29 Rutgers Computer and Technology Law Journal 317-370, ISSN: 0735-8938
  • Anonymising Personal Data [2002] 9(2) International Journal of Law and Information Technology 224-237, ISSN: 0967-0769
  • Telecommunications Law and Regulation, Oxford: Blackstone Press, 2001, 578, ISBN: 1841741213
  • E-Commerce Law and Practice in Europe (Co-editor with J. Hörnle), Cambridge: Woodhead Publishing, 2001, ISBN: 1855735806
  • Regulating Electronic Commerce: Europe in the Global E-conomy, [2001] 26 European Law Review 529-547, ISSN: 0307-5400
  • Balancing Rights: Surveillance and Data Protection [2001] 3(11) Electronic Business Law 10-12, ISSN: 1464-9624

Other Selected Publications:

  • Cross-Border Electronic Banking, 2ed, (Co-editor with C. Reed and L. Edgar), London: Lloyd's of London Press, 2000, ISBN: 1859785557
  • Telecommunications, in Halsbury's Laws of England, Volume 45(1) Telecommunications and Broadcasting, 4ed (reissue), London: Butterworths, 1999, 6-164, ISBN: 0406921091
  • Telecommunications Law Handbook (Co-editor with J. Angel), London: Blackstone Press, 1997, ISBN: 1854315951
  • Information Technology and the Law, 2ed, (Co-editor with C. Edwards and N. Savage), London: Macmillan, 1990, ISBN: 0333531507

PhD Supervision

Ian currently supervises PhD students in the areas of freedom of expression; privacy and the media; telecommunications; cybercrime and information security.

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