Halefom Abraha

Postdoctoral Research Fellow – Data Protection at Work

Other affiliations

St Antony's College


Dr 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 received his (joint) PhD in law and digital technology from the University of Malta and Edith Cowan University (Australia). His doctoral thesis on 'Cross-Border Data Access for Law Enforcement Purposes' received the 2021 Dean's Awards for Academic Excellence in a PhD Programme at the University of Malta.

His research has been published in highly ranked peer-reviewed journals including the International Journal of Law and Information Technology, International Data Privacy Law, Information & Communications Technology Law, European Labour Law Journal, and Industrial Law Journal.

Halefom advised governments and international organisations such as the European Parliament’s Committee on Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs (LIBE) on multiple areas of digital technology and public policy. 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.