Privacy from Birth to Death and Beyond: European and American Perspectives,8th March 2013
Speaker Biographies

Speaker Biographies

José Maria Baño Fos is an adjunct professor of Administrative Law at the Instituto de Empresa Law School in Madrid.  José Maria is a member of the Madrid bar since 2008 and the New York since 2009 and combines his academic position with his private practice at José María Baño León Abogados.  Prior to that, José María worked as an associate at Cleary Gottlieb (Brussels) and Perez-Llorca (Madrid) where he speialized in competition and EU law.  José María obtained his Bachelor of Laws with the highest honors from the University of Valencia and received an LL.M. from Fordham University, where he was Caja Madrid scholar.  José María has published several articles on the fields of directors’ liability, damages actions for antitrust infringements, minority shareholdings and legitimate expectations. José María has also been a visiting researcher at Columbia University School of Law and guest lecturer at NUI Galway.

Joshua Fairfield is a Professor of Law at the Washington and Lee University School of Law.  He is a nationally recognised scholar on law, governance, economics, and intelligence issues, especially those related to technology. He has written on the law and regulation of e-commerce and online contracts and on the application of standard economic models to virtual environments. He has also written on the ethical and legal issues involved in the growth of human subject experimentation within virtual worlds.  Professor Fairfield’s current research focuses on privacy models in social media networks. Last year, he was awarded a Fulbright Grant to study privacy law in the U.S. and European contexts at the Max Planck Institute for Research on Collective Goods in Bonn, Germany.  Professor Fairfield regularly consults with the U.S. government, including the White House Office of Technology and the Homeland Security Privacy Office, on national security, privacy, and law enforcement within virtual worlds and as well as on strategies for protecting children online. His research in this latter area was cited in a recent report from the Federal Trade Commission examining risks to children who enter virtual worlds. Before earning his JD magna cum laude from the University of Chicago in 2001, Professor Fairfield directed the development of the award winning Rosetta Stone Language Library, a leading language teaching software program for educational institutions. After law school, Professor Fairfield clerked for Judge Danny J. Boggs at the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit. He then joined Jones Day in Columbus, Ohio, where he litigated cases in commercial law and software/technology law. Before joining the Washington and Lee School of Law, Professor Fairfield taught at Columbia Law School and the Indiana University School of Law in Bloomington.

Damien McCallig is a Ph.D. Candidate in the School of Law NUI Galway. His research, which is funded by the Irish Research Council for the Humanities and Social Sciences (IRCHSS), is entitled The Law of Digital Remains: Reconciling the dignity and interests of the deceased with those of the living, and is supervised by Marie McGonagle.  The research aims to provide a theoretical, philosophical and practical framework for developing an appropriate regulatory regime for digital remains aimed at reconciling the rights and interests of the deceased with those of living stake-holders.  Further details regarding his Ph.D. research is available here. Damien graduated from NUI Galway with an LL.M in Law, Technology and Governance in 2010 and an LL.B. in 2009, achieving first class honours in both.  He was the winner of the Irish Times Prize in Media Law, 2009, which is an annual prize awarded to the student who achieves the highest mark at examination in the subject of Media Law. Damien regularly contributes to IRIS – Legal Observations of the European Audiovisual Observatory, which addresses many of the cutting-edge issues in the media and communications fields.

Paul Lambert BA, LLB, LLM, CTMA is a Solicitor with Merrion Legal Solicitors and an Adjunct Lecturer in Law, National University of Ireland Galway. Paul is the author of Courting Publicity, Twitter and Television Cameras in Court (Bloomsbury UK); Television Courtroom Broadcasting, Distraction Effects and Eye-Tracking (Intellect UK); Television Courtroom Broadcasting Effects: The Empirical Research and the Supreme Court Challenge (University Press of America); and books on data protection in the UK (Bloomsbury) and Ireland (Clarus). He is also involved with a new book in relation to Social Networking, Privacy and Data Protection. Paul frequently publishes academic articles and speaks at seminars in Europe and elsewhere as well as being interviewed in trade and media publications. Paul is a solicitor and specialises in data protection, communications, information technology and intellectual property law, both contentious and non-contentious. Board, Copyright Association of Ireland; Legal Working Group, IIA; Member, Society of Computers and Law.

Sharon McLaughlin is a legal researcher and law lecturer in the Department of Law and Humanities, Letterkenny Institute of Technology (LYIT). Sharon’s research focus is on communications law and policy and media law. She was awarded her PhD from the School of Law at the National University of Ireland, Galway (NUIG) for her thesis, entitled "The Protection of Children in the Online and New Audiovisual Services Environment." She also holds a B.A. in Public and Social Policy (2001), a LL.B. (2003) and a LL.M. in Public Law (2006). She is also a member of EU Kids Online, a thematic research network funded by the EC Safer Internet Programme.  She regularly publishes academic articles in scholarly journals and books and contributes to national and international conferences.

Ciara Hackett joined the School of Law at Queens University Belfast in August 2012, having previously taught at National University of Ireland Galway.  At NUI Galway Ciara taught Tort Law, Jurisprudence, Advanced Legal Research and Methods, Corporate Governance and Corporate Social Responsibility.   Her research explores a diverse range of issues in the areas of regulation, corporate governance and corporate social responsibility as well as legal theories of development.  She is currently engaged in a number of projects in the areas of Corporate Social Responsibility, Tort Law and Corporate Governance.  She currently lecturers undergraduate
tort law and contemporary issues in the law of obligations
at Queens University Belfast.