Background Information about Dr. Yaman Akdeniz, LL.B., MA, Ph.D


CyberLaw Research Unit, Faculty of Law, University of Leeds, Lecturer in Law (February 2001 -).

Cyber-Rights & Cyber-Liberties (UK) (, Founder and director. A non-profit civil liberties organisation (January 1997 - present). Gave oral evidence in front of a Trade and Industry Select Committee on Electronic Commerce Inquiry at the House of Commons, March 9, 1999, following the submission of the Cyber-Rights & Cyber-Liberties (UK) Memorandum to the House of Commons Trade and Industry Select Committee, February 1999. Representative to the OECD Ministerial Conference, "A Borderless World: Electronic Commerce," in Ottawa, Canada, October 7-9, 1998. Issued series of reports on cyber-censorship and privacy (see Made submissions to various government departments (including in Ireland and at European Union level). Written a number of Global Internet Liberty Campaign Member Statements. Spoke at various conferences including three Freedom Forum events (London, Washington DC, and Geneva). More recently chaired a session on Free Speech and Cyber-Censorship at the CFP99 conference in Washington DC. Handled press inquiries on a daily basis and quoted extensively in relation to Internet related issues by the national and international press.

University of Leeds, CyberLaw Research Unit, within the Faculty of Law and teaches part-time in the CyberLaw: Information Technology, Law and Society course (1997-98, 1998-99), Introduction to Study of Law (Part-time Education Undergraduate Degree Programme, 1998-99).

"UK Law Online: The UK Legal System on the Internet," ( project completed together with Professor Clive Walker, sponsored by the Hamlyn Trust Fund. The main object of the project is the raising of public awareness, appreciation and understanding of the UK Legal System by use of the medium of the Internet. The objective was to create a series of world wide web pages which may be compared to a basic UK Legal System text-book but is distinguished by the medium being used. This allowed us to convey our messages in accessible, alluring and attractive formats.


Ph.D, Centre for Criminal Justice Studies, University of Leeds.
January 1997 to November 2002. Awarded Scholarship. Thesis title: The Governance of the Internet in Europe with Special Reference to Turkey and United Kingdom.

MA Research at the Faculty of Law, University of Leeds.
October 1995 to October 1996. Awarded scholarship.
Thesis title: The Internet: Legal Implications for Free Speech and Privacy.

University of Leeds
Bachelor of Laws with Honours, Class II Division (i) in Law, July 1995.
(Admitted into final year LLB (Hons) degree as an EU student)
Erasmus Student From: October 1993 - June 1994. Awarded scholarship.

University of Ferrara, Faculty of Law, Italy.
September 1987- July 1993: Roman Law, Statistics, Political Economy, Italian Constitutional Law, Private Civil Law, International Law, Finance Law, Economic History, Labour Law, Banking Law, Commercial Law, EC Agricultural Law, Public Economic Law.

HIGH SCHOOL: Kadikoy Anadolu Lisesi, Istanbul - Turkey.
Attended: September 1979-June 1986.


Academic Publications March 2005

Other Publications

"Anonymity is essential to democracy and has been a vital tool for the preservation of political speech and discourse throughout history. As a concept it is closely related to free speech and to privacy. The Internet boom in the 1990s created new opportunities for communications and for discussion. Internet technology allows genuinely anonymous communication, and this can be used for many purposes; socially useful, but also criminal."

Yaman Akdeniz, Anonymous Now, Index on Censorship, The Privacy Issue, 2000 (3), June.


Papers Presented and Conferences March 2005

United Nations Convention Against Transnational Organized Crime, Palermo, Italy, 12-15 December, 2000, hosted by the Italian Government, 

Yaman Akdeniz spoke at the Seminar for the Media on the Convention against Transnational Organized Crime (Palermo, Palazzo dei Normanni) within the E-media: An avenue for communication or cyber-crime? session. See also the  Biographical notes on the participants for the UN Seminar.

See the press release First UN Treaty against Transnational Organized Crime Adopted by Assembly (16 November 2000)

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