Hannah Smith

Hannah Smith

Socio-Legal Studies (2016 Cohort)

My research explores the apparent tension in the legal regulation of data that seeks to protect the privacy and other rights of individuals whilst also promoting the broader public interest and the ways in which these ought to be balanced. I will compare the legal articulation of these principles to the social articulation, which I will determine through a mixed methods project to determine the extent to which their expectations are currently reflected in the law. This work builds on previous studies in the socio-legal field that examine how legal and social spheres can interact and the issues that can arise when the former fails to understand and account for the latter.

Prior to her research, Hannah completed the BCL at Merton College, University of Oxford, in 2016 and obtained a First Class degree in Jurisprudence from the same institution in 2014.