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Mrs. Leslie Stevens

(Former employee or visitor)

Education/Academic qualification

Master of Laws, University of Edinburgh
LLM, Commercial Law
, Santa Clara University School of Law
Juris Doctor, High Tech Law Institute Certificate, with Corporate Specialization
Bachelor of Arts, University of California, Los Angeles

Professional Qualifications

Certified Information Privacy Professional, US, CIPP/US
California Attorney at Law, Esq.


Leslie is currently working as a Research Fellow for the Administrative Data Research Centre (ADRC) under the direction of Professor Graeme Laurie. In 2013, the ESRC provided £34 million of funding for four new innovative administrative data research centres and a data service to strengthen the UK's competitive advantage in Big Data. The centres and service together form the Administrative Data Research Network (ADRN) which will enable research based on linked data between government departments to be overseen by a single governance structure that will allow for consistent and robust decision-making. Leslie’s research interests lie primarily within data protection and privacy law, as well as the interface between medicine, technology, ethics and the law. 

Before coming to Edinburgh, Leslie graduated with her Bachelor in Arts (History) from University of California, Los Angeles in 2006 before attending Santa Clara University’s Law School in 2007. In 2011, Leslie graduated with her Juris Doctor from Santa Clara and passed the California State Bar Exam to become a licensed attorney in November 2011.

Current Research Interests

In 2011, Leslie commenced an LLM in Commercial Law at the University of Edinburgh, after which she commenced her doctoral studies under the supervision of Dr Gillian Black and Dr Daithí Mac Síthigh. In 2013, Leslie was awarded with the inaugural Maclagan Prize Scholarship from the Mason Institute for Medicine, Life Sciences and the Law for her doctoral studies and now sits on the Executive Committee as PhD Convener. Leslie’s doctoral work focuses on the research governance of social sciences and humanities based research, which explores the public interest justifications for research under legal governance regimes within the UK and Europe.

Research Groups

Leslie is currently a Copy-Editor for SCRIPTed: A Journal of Law, Technology and Society. She also serves as co-convener for the Law School’s IP, IT and Media Law Discussion Group and is part of the organising committee for the 2014 Postgraduate Law Conference in Edinburgh. Leslie is a member of the Society of Legal Scholars and International Association of Privacy Professionals.


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