Halefom Abraha

Postdoctoral Research Fellow – Data Protection at Work

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St Antony's College


Halefom Abraha is a Postdoctoral Researcher at the Bonavero Institute of Human Rights, working on the project ‘iMANAGE - Rethinking Employment Law for a World of Algorithmic Management’. He researches the impact of AI and algorithmic management on privacy and data protection. His research interests include AI Regulation, Cross-border Data Access in the law enforcement context, Data Protection, Digital Sovereignty, and Internet Regulation.

Halefom has recently submitted his (joint) PhD research in Cross-border Data Access at the University of Malta and Edith Cowan University (Australia). His doctoral study examines the rules that govern law enforcement access to cross-border data and how such rules reconcile (a) the practical necessity of law enforcement authorities to access electronic evidence across borders and the corresponding challenges to (b) the territorial sovereignty of other countries, (c) the fundamental rights of individuals whose personal data is being sought, and (d) the interest of technology companies whose cooperation is required. His PhD thesis has won the Dean's Awards 2021 for Academic Excellence in a Ph.D Programme (University of Malta)

His research has been published in international journals such as the International Journal of Law and Information Technology, International Data Privacy Law, and  Information & Communications Technology Law. 

Halefom recently advised the European Parliament’s Committee on Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs (LIBE), on the privacy impact of algorithmic tools that technology companies use to detect, remove and report online child sexual abuse materials. He also served as a technology law and policy researcher for the Ethiopian government and has extensively published in the field of internet regulation focusing on Ethiopia. Halefom has drafted several technology laws for Ethiopia and trained policymakers, including members of Parliament. Halefom has received several fellowships and awards from different institutions.