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Professor Lorna Woods

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Lorna Woods was formerly a practising solicitor in an ICT practice in the City of London, she has extensive experience in the field of media policy and communications regulation, and she has published widely in this area (see list of publications).  She is a recognised expert in the field having participated in a range of commissioned studies (such as the Hans Bredow Study on Co-regulation in the Media and the Rand Study on Internet Self-Regulation); and has given evidence to the House of Lords Select Committee on Communications with regards to plurality of provision of content and media ownership. 

Professor Woods  was one of the co-directors of the Initiative on Impunity and the Rule of Law ( She is currently the legal expert in in an FP7 funded project on cloud computing.

In addition, Professor Woods is co-author of the textbook Steiner and Woods on EU Law (OUP) currently in its 11th edition and has written in the field of the internal market.

She has taught EU law, copyright, media law, freedom of expression/privacy and data protection at a number of UK universities and was, until recently, a Director of the Centre for Law, Justice and Journalism at City University London. She has supervised and examined PhDs in the fields of e-commerce, media regulation and copyright and freedom of expression.

She is serving a second term as a member of the ESRC Peer Review College


LLB, LLM, solicitor

Current research

Impact of positive obligations under freedom of expression on media and telecommunications regulation
Challenges of social media

Research interests

Media regulation

Internet Law

EU Law

Teaching responsibilities

LW652 Broadcasting and Telecommunications Regulation

LW660 Freedom of Expression, Privacy and the Media

LW705 Free Movement of Goods Services in the Internal Market


Selected Publications
Books and Edited Collections
European Broadcasting Law and Policy, (Cambridge University Press, 2007)
(with Jackie Harrison)
Steiner and Woods on EU Law (11th ed) (Oxford University Press, 2012)
(with Philippa Watson)
Freedom of Expression and the Media (Martinus Nijhoff Publishers, 2012)
(with Jackie Harrison and Merris Amos)

Articles in Peer Reviewed Journals and Chapters in Books
‘Beyond Murphy, Films and Football: Audiovisual Content in Europe’ (2012) 4(2)
Journal of Media Law 1-24
‘Consistency in the Chambers of the ECJ: A Case Study on the Free Movement of Goods'
(2012) Civil Justice Quarterly 339-367
'Broadcasting Privacy' (2011) 3 Journal of Media Law 117–141 (with Ian Walden)
'Legal and Extralegal Regulation' in Goldberg, Sutter & Walden (eds)
Media Law and Practice, (OUP, 2009), pp. 335-72
‘The Consumer and Advertising Regulation in the Television without Frontiers and
Audiovisual Media Services Directives’ (2008) Journal of Consumer Law and Policy 63-77
‘Freedom of Expression in the EU’ (2006), 12 European Public Law 371-401
‘A Distinction without a Difference: Exploring the Boundary between Goods and Services
in the World Trade Organization and the European Union’ (2005/06) 12 The Columbia
Journal of European Law 1-51, also published simultaneously: (2005) Year Book of
European Law 463-510 (with Fiona Smith)


Competition Policy an dthe Regulation of Media and Communications, Tilburg Law and Econonmics Centre (TILEC), Tilburg University, 23-24 May 2013

The Constitution of the Public Sphere: the post-Leveson Landscape (W.G. Hart Workshop)

The Legal Implications of On-line Social Media on Freedom of Speech, University of Leicester, December 2013

'Freedom of Expression on the Internet: bloggers 'rights'a at side event to the OSCE Conference, Warsaw,6th October 2009, organised by the EU Fundamental Rights Agency and the EU Presidency.

'Regulation, Co-regulation, Self-regulation: protection of minors - the case of the UK' at in the year 2009 - Accompanying the transposition of the Audiovisual Media Services

Directive (Saarbrucken, Germany), organised by European Audiovisual Observatory and EM

'Ethics and Human Rigths and the Internet' Meeting in preparation for the IGF, Council of Europe, Media Division, Sept 2007

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