Beril Boz is a DPhil (PhD) in law candidate at the Faculty of Law. She is also currently a Lecturer in Digital Technology and Law at UCL STEaPP, and a Stipendiary Lecturer in Law at New College, University of Oxford.

Her research interests include subjects at the intersection of law/governance and technology. She is currently working on her doctoral thesis which examines different aspects of public-private dichotomy under the EU’s General Data Protection Regulation, considering the transforming characteristics of the online realm. She investigates the legitimacy of existing lawfulness conditions for data processing in consideration with public-private divide in legal systems and frameworks (namely the GDPR). Her DPhil supervisors are Prof. Jeremias Adams-Prassl and Prof. Rebecca Williams. 

Her teaching experience include: data protection and privacy law, tort, jurisprudence and philosophy of human rights. She previously taught these subjects at several colleges of the University of Oxford. She also taught Law and Technology course at Bahcesehir University, Turkey to undergraduate law students. 

She recently worked on AI’s impact on Labour for Ada Lovelace Institute, and previously worked on the research project 'Enabling Trust, Security and Privacy for Policy Innovation in Tackling Modern Slavery' for the Bonavero Institute of Human Rights, in cooperation with the Alan Turing Institute and Open Data Institute, researched the barriers to data sharing in the context of modern slavery policy interventions. 

Beril founded the Future of Technology and Society Discussion Group and convened it between 2019-2022. She also acted as the Blog Manager of the Cambridge International Law Journal between 2018- 2020. 

Before coming to Oxford, she completed an LL.M. at the University of Pennsylvania Law School as a Fulbright scholar, following which she practiced law (as a litigator and consultant), with a particular focus on data protection law, administrative law, content regulations and contracts.  

CPGS in Legal Studies, University of Cambridge 
Master in Laws (LL.M.), University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia PA - Fulbright Scholar
Bachelor of Laws (LL.B.), Bahcesehir University, Istanbul / Turkey 

Professional Qualifications
New York State Bar 
Istanbul Bar



Research Interests

  • Data protection law
  • Technology and law/governance 
  • Theories on public and private spheres 
  • Theories of autonomy (especially 'consent') 

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