David studied at Oxford, London and Princeton Universities before spending six years as a research fellow at the Centre for Socio-Legal Studies, Faculty of Law and Balliol College, University of Oxford. He is now University Lecturer in Law and the Open Society and Fellow of Trinity Hall, University of Cambridge.
David’s current research explores the nature of Data Protection especially as it intersects with the right to privacy, freedom of expression, freedom of information and freedom of research. In addition, he continues to have a research interest in bill of rights and related constitutional developments, especially in the UK and other ‘Westminster’ democracies.
David’s Data Protection and the Open Society project has developed arguments about the nature, substance and operation of the law by drawing on rigorous comparative empirical analysis using both quantitative and qualitative methods. This analysis, which draws on his background in both law and political science, has demonstrated that in terms of the application of Data Protection law to journalism, literature and the arts, large differences continue to be apparent between European Union countries.
David has an interest in the origins and impacts of bills of rights especially in the UK and other Westminster-styled democracies (Australia, Canada, New Zealand). David’s academic work has received funding from a range of sources including the British Academy, Council of Europe, Economic and Social Research Council, European Union and Leverhulme Trust.
From the Scylla of Restriction to the Charybdis of Licence? Exploring the scope of the “special purposes” freedom of expression shield in European data protection, Common Market Law Review, Vol. 52 (1), pp. 119-153 (2015)
Data Protection and the Right to Reputation: Filling the “Gaps” After the Defamation Act 2013, Cambridge Law Journal, Vol. 73(3), pp. 536-569 (2014)
Privacy and the Prince – A Government of Laws Not Men?, Law Quarterly Review, Issue 129, pp. 172-176 (2013)
Mustn’t ask, mustn’t tell, Times Higher Education (14-20 February 2013 Issue, p. 30)
New Zealand, in Denis Galligan & Mila Versteeg, The Social and Political Foundations of Constitutions (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press) (2013)
Freedom of Expression Turned On Its Head: Academic Social Research and Journalism in the European Union’s Privacy Framework, Public Law, Issue1, pp. 52-73 (2013)
The Rudd Government’s Rejection of an Australian Bill of Rights: A Stunted Case of Aversive Constitutionalism?, Parliamentary Affairs, Vol. 65 (2), pp. 359-379 (2012)
Constructing the Labyrinth: The impact of data protection on the development of ‘ethical’ regulation in social science, Information Communication and Society, Vol. 15 (1), pp. 104-123 (2012)
Systematically Handicapped? Social Research in the Data Protection Framework, Information and Communications Technology Law, Vol. 20 (2), pp. 83-101 (2011)
Stuck in the Thicket? Social Research under the First Data Protection Principle, International Journal of Law and Information Technology, Vol. 19 (2), pp. 133-152 (2011)
Delegating Rights Protection: The Rise of Bills of Rights in the Westminster World (2010; Oxford University Press)
Smoke but No Fire? The Politics of a ‘British’ Bill of Rights, Political Quarterly, Vol. 81 (2), pp. 188-198 (2010)