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Marion Oswald

Department: Northumbria Law School

Marion is Vice-Chancellor’s Senior Fellow in Law at the University of Northumbria.  She researches the interaction between law and digital technology and has a particular interest in the use of information and innovative technology by criminal justice bodies and the wider public sector.  Marion regularly writes, speaks and advises on the legal and ethical implications of new technologies.

Marion is a solicitor (non-practicing), with previous experience in legal management roles within private practice, international companies and UK central government including national security. She has worked extensively in the fields of data protection, freedom of information and information technology, having advised on a number of information technology implementations, data sharing projects and statutory reforms.  Marion spent 10 years at the University of Winchester where she founded and led the research and knowledge exchange centre, the Centre for Information Rights.

Marion chairs the West Midlands Police & Crime Commissioner and West Midlands Police data ethics committee.  She is an Associate Fellow of the Royal United Services Institute, an executive member of the British & Irish Law, Education & Technology Association, a member of the National Statistician's Data Ethics Advisory Committee, and a member of the Council of Europe Working Group of Experts on Artificial Intelligence and Criminal Law.

 



Marion Oswald

Qualifications

  • Law BA June 26 1991
  • Solicitor (non-practising) 1994
  • Member Law Society 1992

Key Publications

  • Please visit the Pure Research Information Portal for further information
  • Data Analytics and Algorithmic Bias in Policing, Oswald, M., Babuta, A. 16 Sep 2019
  • Machine learning predictive algorithms and the policing of future crimes: governance and oversight, Oswald, M., Babuta, A. 31 Oct 2019, Policing and Artificial Intelligence, Routledge
  • Algorithm-assisted decision-making in the public sector, Oswald, M. 13 Sep 2018, In: Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society A: Mathematical, Physical and Engineering Sciences
  • Algorithmic Risk Assessment Policing Models, Oswald, M., Grace, J., Urwin, S., Barnes, G. 3 Apr 2018, In: Information and Communications Technology Law
  • Machine Learning Algorithms and Police Decision-Making, Babuta, A., Oswald, M., Rinik, C. Sep 2018
  • Jordan’s dilemma, Oswald, M. Jan 2017, In: Information and Communications Technology Law
  • ‘Being on our radar does not necessarily mean being under our microscope’, Grace, J., Oswald, M. 14 Apr 2016, In: European Journal of Current Legal Issues
  • Intelligence, policing and the use of algorithmic analysis, Oswald, M., Grace, J. 18 Oct 2016, In: Information Rights, Policy & Practice
  • The not-so-secret life of five-year-olds, Oswald, M., James, H., Nottingham, E. 6 Dec 2016, In: Journal of Media Law

Research Themes and Scholarly Interests

Marion's research focuses on the interaction between law and digital technology, and involves multi-disciplinary collaboration and doctrinal, empirical and conceptual methodologies.  Building on her background as a practising lawyer within Government and technology companies, she has developed a particular specialism in the use of digital technologies and big data within policing and the wider public sector.  She regularly writes, speaks and advises on the impacts of new technologies, and the legal, ethical and social issues raised by personal data sharing and the deployment of innovative technology in the public and private sectors, focusing upon administrative and public law and human rights issues.  She has a particular interest in the use of information, Big Data and algorithms to solve public sector problems, and in the challenges to children’s best interests raised by our digital society.

Marion is an Associate Fellow of the Royal United Services Institute, Chair of the West Midlands Police and Crime Commissioner and West Midlands Police Data Ethics Committee, a member of the National Statistician's Data Ethics Committee, an executive member of the British and Irish Law, Education and Technology Association and a member of the Council of Europe Working Group of Experts on Artificial Intelligence and Criminal Law.  She is also joint law track chair of the Association of Computing Machinery Fairness, Accountability and Transparency (ACM FAT) Conference 2020.

PGR Supervision

  • David Powell Start: 01/10/2019
  • Daria Onitiu Start: 01/10/2019


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