photo of Chris Marsden

Prof Chris Marsden

Post:Professor Of Media Law (Law, Sussex European Institute)
Other posts:Director (Centre for Information Governance Research)

Telephone numbers
UK:01273 872705
International:+44 1273 872705

Research expertise:
download vCarddownload vCard to your mobile


Professor Christopher T. Marsden is Professor of Internet Law at the University of Sussex since 2013, and Founder-Director of the Centre for Information Governance Research @SussCIGR.

He was formerly Professor of Law at Essex, having previously taught and researched at Warwick, Oxford, LSE. He has both LL.B (1989) and LL.M (1994) in Law from LSE, Ph.D. from Essex. He has held Visiting Fellowships at Harvard, Melbourne, Cambridge, Oxford, USC-Annenberg, Keio, GLOCOM Tokyo, and FGV Rio de Janeiro.

He is willing to supervise PhD students in telecommunications and Internet law relevant to his research. Please ensure you have read his research before contacting him with research proposals.

He is author of five monographs on Internet law:

He is also author-editor of the interdisciplinary Internet policy books "Regulating the Global Information Society" (Routledge 2000), and "Convergence in European Digital TV Regulation" (Blackstone/OUP 1999). He is author of many refereed articles, book chapters, professional articles, papers in selected proceedings, keynote addresses, and other scholarly contributions.

His board roles include: Director, Information Law Group, Sussex since 2014; Editorial Advsory Board Member of the Society for Computers and Law since 2012, and Associate Editor of the interdisciplinary communications management journal 'info' 2007-16. He is on the boards of several scientific conference committees including IDP, at which he presented the 2011 keynote.

He has presented refereed scientific conference papers numerous times, including International Telecommunications Society (since 1998), International Institute of Communications (since 1998), BILETA and European Communications Policy Research (since 2004) conferences. He is a longstanding member of the Society of Legal Scholars and keynoted the Internet Law section at their 2013 Edinburgh annual meeting. He also keynote lectured at BILETA 2008. He has presented work in progress at many editions of the techno-law Gikii conference.


Professor of Internet Law

Community and Business

Chris Marsden serves on the Nominet Stakeholder  Committee, advising the .UK domain name registry, since 2017. He also serves on the Advisory Board of the Society for Computers and Law, the United Kingdom professional society for IT lawyers. He has served as Chair of their annual research conference at Herbert Smith in 2008 and 2012, was their Student Ambassador for Sussex (linking the students to the legal profession), and was on the Organising Committee for IFCLA 2016 (the biennial for the international federation of IT lawyers) having keynoted IFCLA 2014.

He is a regular international speaker on Internet law and policy issues, and has been cited in The Economist, El Pais, Wall St Journal and many domestic newspapers and journals, as well as GigaOm, ZDNet, Computer Weekly and other online journals e.g. United Nations Internet Governance Forum 2015 (at 18:20)

He has 25 years’ experience in Information Society analysis, research and consulting in academic, thinktank (World Economics Forum, RAND Europe, RE: Think!), government (Independent Television Commission) and commercial (Media Week, MCI WorldCom UK, Shortmedia) organisations. He has consulted for the governments of South Korea, Netherlands, UK, Ireland, Thailand, Japan, the European Commission, European Parliament, Council of Europe, OECD, Commonwealth. He has worked on four continents in these roles.

He has given invited keynote speeches for the following international conferences: Society for Computers and Law Annual Policy Forum (SCL 2006-13), British and Irish Law Technology and Education Association (BILETA 2008), International Conference on Internet, Law & Politics (IDP Barcelona 2011-13). He was a participant in the Wharton Colloquium on Media and Communications Law (CMCL 2006-2010) and ever-present at the Harvard-Ruschlikon conference on information policy (2001-7). He chaired the ESRC European Media Regulation Group 1998-2000. He chaired the European Presidency High-Level Conference on broadband policy in 2010, and was the only academic expert invited to address the European Parliament-Commission conference on the open Internet and net neutrality in 2010 and 2013.