Assistant Professor in Law, Faculty of Social Sciences
Dr Oliver Butler joined the School of Law as an Assistant Professor in Law in September 2021. He read law at the University of Cambridge, graduating in 2010. He received a Distinction on the BCL at the University of Oxford in 2011, where he was the Supperstone Law Scholar and received the Faculty Prize in Constitutional Theory. He graduated from the LLM at Harvard Law School in 2012, which he attended on a Herchel Smith Scholarship. He received the Princess Royal Scholarship from Inner Temple and was called to the Bar of England and Wales in 2013. Oliver then worked at the Law Commission of England and Wales as a research assistant on the Data Sharing between Public Bodies project, which published its report in 2014. Oliver returned to the University of Cambridge for his PhD funded by the AHRC, on the development of information law in the UK and Europe, which he completed in 2018. From 2017 to 2021, he was a fixed-term Fellow at Wadham College, University of Oxford, jointly with a research fellowship at the Bonavero Institute of Human Rights. During that time, he taught constitutional, administrative and human rights law on the BA and BCL and researched emerging digital rights.
Oliver is currently researching the regulation of information, with a particular focus on the fundamental rights to privacy and data protection as they have developed in Europe and are influencing… read more
Oliver is currently researching the regulation of information, with a particular focus on the fundamental rights to privacy and data protection as they have developed in Europe and are influencing other regional and transnational approaches. He is also researching the regulation of algorithmic decision-making, including the ways in which the application of computer-generated knowledge will challenge the traditional assumptions that underpin the judicial review of administrative decision-making.
Oliver worked as an academic consultant on the Law Commission's Protection of Official Data Project from October 2017 to July 2019. He has a forthcoming article in the LQR on official secrecy and the criminalisation of unauthorised disclosures.
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