Peter Alexander Earls Davis

Doctoral Research Fellow - Department of Private Law
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Peter Davis is a Doctoral Research Fellow with the Norwegian Research Center for Computers and Law (NRCCL) at the Department of Private Law, University of Oslo. His main research interests are in the field of information communication technology (ICT) law.

Peter holds an LLM degree from the University of Oslo (ICT Law) (2016-17). He previously completed a combined Bachelor of Laws (LLB) and Bachelor of Commerce (BCom, Corporate Finance major) at the University of Western Australia (2009-15). Prior to his doctoral research, Peter was employed as a research assistant at the NRCCL (2017-18). He also completed his Articled Clerkship (2015-16) in private legal practice in Australia and has been admitted as a lawyer to the Supreme Court of Western Australia (2016).

Peter has also taught in, or is currently teaching, Cybersecurity Regulation (JUS5650), Privacy and Data Protection (JUS5630), English Law of Contract (JUS5260), English for Lawyers (ENGSEMJ), and Electronic Commerce Law (JUS5670).

Current research

Peter's doctoral thesis, entitled Encryption's 'Going Dark' Debate: The Rule of Law confronts the Laws of Mathematics, was submitted in June 2022. His thesis analyses the legal, socio-technical and organisational challenges of regulating encryption technologies that frustrate law enforcement and intelligence agencies. His current research as a gjennomføringsstipend builds on this work.


    • Davis, Peter Alexander Earls (2022). Decrypting Australia’s ‘Anti-Encryption’ Legislation: the Meaning and Effect of the ‘Systemic Weakness’ Limitation. Computer Law and Security Review. ISSN 0267-3649. 44(April 2022), p. 1–17. doi: 10.1016/j.clsr.2022.105659. Full text in Research Archive
    • Davis, Peter Alexander Earls (2020). Facial Detection and Smart Billboards: Analysing the ‘Identified’ Criterion of Personal Data in the GDPR. European Data Protection Law Review (EDPL). ISSN 2364-2831. 6(3), p. 365–377. doi: 10.21552/edpl/2020/3/7.

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    Published July 3, 2018 10:07 AM - Last modified Aug. 5, 2022 9:50 AM