Dr Stefan Fafinski

Stefan Fafinski specialises in computer misuse, cybercrime and Internet law. His interests include mapping and measuring cybercrime, the criminogenic potential of Internet technologies, their social impact and policy implications for their regulation.

Dr Stefan Fafinski is currently a Research Fellow within the School of Law at the University of Leeds, where he works within the Centre for Criminal Justice Studies and the Centre for International Governance. He has over twenty years experience in the information technology industry. Before entering academia he was Senior Director of Professional Services for a global communications software corporation. He has subsequently researched, published and lectured on cybercrime, computer misuse and Internet law, and won the 2006 British Association for the Advancement of Science (now the British Science Association) Joseph Lister Award for his work on cybercrime.

Stefan is a Chartered Engineer, a Chartered Scientist and a Chartered Fellow of the British Computer Society. Stefan is also a Court Liveryman of the Information Technologists’ Company, the City of London Livery Company for Information Technology, with Freedom of the City of London, where he is Founder Chairman of the Law Panel. He is also a Fellow of Royal Society for the Encouragement of Arts, Manufactures & Commerce and a member of the Society for Computers and Law, the British Society of Criminology, the Society of Legal Scholars and the Socio-Legal Studies Association.

Stefan holds a Bachelor of Laws degree with first-class honours and Bachelors and Masters degrees in Natural Sciences (Physics and Theoretical Physics) from St John’s College, University of Cambridge. His doctorate from the University of Leeds concerned the legal and extra-legal governance of risks arising from the misuse of information technology.

Research interests

law, cybercrime, Internet and society, network society, Internet policy, culture and technology

Positions held at the OII

  • Research Associate, October 2010 –
  • Visiting Fellow, March – September 2010

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