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Dr Paolo Cavaliere

Lecturer in the Law of Digital Media/IT Law

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Willingness to take PhD students: Yes

Freedom of expression Media law and regulation Communications / IT law and regulation

Education/Academic qualification

Doctor of Laws, Bocconi University
Master of Laws, UCL
Bachelor of Laws, Università di Pavia

Professional Qualifications

2009Admitted to the Bar (non-practising) in Italy


I joined the University of Edinburgh Law School in September 2014 as a lecturer in Digital Media & IT Law.

Prior to joining the University of Edinburgh, I have been a researcher at the Programme in Comparative Media Law and Policies of the Centre for Socio-Legal Studies of the University of Oxford where I also helped to coordinate the Monroe Price Media Law Moot Court Competition.

I am currently a member of SCRIPT, a law and technology research centre based in the School of Law within the University of Edinburgh, a research associate at the University of Oxford’s Programme in Comparative Media Law and Policy and a non-resident research fellow of the Central European University’s Center for Media, Data and Society. 

Further to my academic activity, I have provided expertise on telecommunications and media law to a range of NGOs and international organisations, including the African Union's Mission to Somalia and the Council of Europe among others.

I received my Ph.D. in International Law & Economics from Bocconi University of Milan. My doctoral dissertation focused on the issue of pluralism and diversification of information in the European landscape of news media, combining a survey on media law and policy in a comparative perspective with elements of economic analysis and public choice theory. I also holds a laurea in Law from the University of Pavia and an LL.M. in Public Law from University College, London. I completed my law apprenticeship and was admitted to the Bar in Italy.


I regularly teach a range of courses focusing on freedom of expression, the regulation of the media and communications industries and online business, including:

  • Freedom of Expression Law Clinic (Hons.) (Course organiser)
  • Communications, Networks and the Law (LLM) (Course organiser)
  • International and European Media Law (LLM)
  • Communications Law (ODL LLM) (Course organiser)
  • International and European Media Law (ODL LLM) (Course organiser) 

Visiting and Research Positions

  • Research associate, Programme in Comparative Media Law and Policy, University of Oxford (2014- present)
  • Non-Resident Fellow, Center for Media, Data and Society, Central European University (Budapest, Hungary) (2013-present)

Research activities & awards

  1. The Stage of Censorship - Theatre, Dissent And Law in the 21st Century

    Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesPublic Engagement – Public lecture/debate/seminar

  2. Freedom of expression on social networking websites

    Activity: Academic talk or presentation typesInvited talk

  3. Standards and obligations coming from the case law of the European Court of Human Rights on licencing of audiovisual content

    Activity: Consultancy typesContribution to the work of national or international committees and working groups

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Research projects

  1. SCRIPT Centre

    Project: Other (Non-Funded/Miscellaneous)

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