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Dr Bela Bonita Chatterjee
Lecturer in Law
Bela’s research interests are in the field of cyber, gender, sexuality and law. More specifically, Bela’s work concentrates on interrogating transdisciplinary aspects of cyberlaw from a feminist perspective, with a particular emphasis on gender, sexuality and sexual expression.
Cyberlaw and cyberidentity
Bela has written a number of book chapters on this area of her research:
'Cybercities: Under Construction' in Andreas Philippopoulos-Mihalopoulos (ed) Law and the City (2007, Routledge-Cavendish/GlassHouse).
'Different Space, Same Place? Feminist Perspectives on Contracts in Cyberspace' in Linda Mulcahy and Sally Wheeler (eds) Feminist Perspectives on Contract Law (2005, Routledge-Cavendish/GlassHouse: London).
'Pixels, Pimps and Prostitutes: Human Rights and the Cyber Sex Trade' in Klang, M and Murray, A (eds) Human Rights in the Digital Age (2005, Routledge-Cavendish/GlassHouse: London).
'Last of the Rainmacs? - Thinking about pornography in Cyberspace' in David Wall, (ed.) Crime and the Internet (2001, Routledge: London).
Bela has also written several articles on cyberlaw and cyberidentity. The complete list can be found on Bela's research profile.
Importance of research outside academia
Impacts on practitioners and professional services:
Bela was an invited academic speaker at the Cyber Security Conference 2011, at the Lancaster University School of Computing and Communication. Where she presented ‘Briefing on Contemporary Encryption law and policy.’ The conference was attended by policy advisors of private companies and members of the defence industry.
In 2011, Bela gave a paper titled ‘Encryption and Child Protection: A 21st Century Dilemma’ at the 9th International Cyberspace Conference, Masaryk University, Brno, Czech Republic. This conference was attended by policy makers promoting cyber safety for children.
In 2011, Bela gave her paper, ‘Unlocking Contemporary UK Encryption Law and Policy’ at the BILETA Conference, Manchester Metropolitan University. Security advisors to companies and solicitors attended the conference.
Improved public understanding of social issues:
Bela was quoted in, ‘Taboos stymie a frank look at porn’ in The Times Higher Education Supplement (March 30th, Issue, 787), a leading article which explored why pornography is a difficult but worthwhile issue to study in academia.
Impacts on public policy and services:
Bela has been a registered expert for the European Commission’s eContentplus and Safer Internet Plus Programmes. The eContentplus programme aimed to make digital content in Europe more accessible, usable and exploitable, while the Safer Internet Plus programme aimed to promote safer use of the internet, particularly for children.
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