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Bond Law Professor Receives Coveted Research Grant

Faculty of Law Associate Professor Dr Dan Svantesson, together with Professor Cecilia Magnusson Sjöberg (Stockholm University) have been successful in their research grant application from Swedish foundation Söderbergska stiftelserna.

Having competed against over 600 applicants, they will receive three million Swedish Krona (app. $450,000) for a project “Data protection in global networks - a comparative study between Europe and the Asia-Pacific region”. The grant will be administered by Stockholm University.

The project is a comparative study of data protection regimes in Europe and the Asia-Pacific region as applied to global networks, with a particular focus on so-called cloud computing.

Cloud computing is being hailed as ‘the next big thing’ in the Internet world and brings with it a host of legal issues, with privacy and data protection law being one of the most contentious issues arising.

Dr Svantesson said, “For Bond, the grant is important as it brings our cooperation with Stockholm University to another level. Personally, I also look forward to the opportunity to carry out part of the project in Sweden, particularly during 2012.”

But before going to Sweden, Dr Svantesson will spend March 2011 as a Visiting Academic at the prestigious Oxford Internet Institute (OII) working on the second edition of his book Private International Law and the Internet (Kluwer).

“The first edition of that book has been very well received so I look forward to writing the second edition, and the OII will be a great place to work on the part that deals with English law,” said Dr Svantesson.

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