Samson Esayas – PhD Candidate

Samson Esayas completed his LLM in Information and Communication Technology Law in 2012, and is now a PhD Candidate at Norwegian Research Center for Computers and Law (NRCCL).

(Photo: Selamawit Seid)

An important LL.M.

-Information and communication technology (ICT) has created conducive platforms for education, commerce, politics and other societal processes. It has also posed new challenges for the application of law in developing countries, such as my country Ethiopia.

-In many developing countries, the legal regime governing ICT is either deficient or at a primitive stage. Undoubtedly, Ethiopia is one of the developing countries which has not modified its laws to the required degree or established new ones in line with the changes wrought by ICT.

-The LL.M. program in Information and Communication Technology Law at the University of Oslo (UiO) has provided me with the credentials to alleviate emerging problems of law and technology in my country, while enjoying myself on the way.  Admittedly, I haven’t been able to contribute much to the discussion there but there are plans for collaboration with former colleagues to write some articles on IT and Law in Ethiopia.

A great place to study

-The informal, close relationship between students and teachers and the program’s focus on teamwork creates a great opportunity to meet academics and international students of different backgrounds and to study in an optimally international environment.

PhD Opportunity

-After completing the LL.M. program, I had the opportunity to work as a research assistant and then as a researcher  at the NRCCL. As a research assistant, I conducted research on policy issues related to Internet Protocol (IP) addresses and developing countries under the Internet governance 2 project. Following that I have worked as a researcher in two EU funded projects dealing with compliance management and legal aspects of cloud computing, RASEN and Coco Cloud.  

-No amount of words can describe how immensely I benefited from working with an interdisciplinary research group and from being part of the dynamic environment at the NRCCL. In 2015 I was admitted as a PhD Candidate.

Samson’s PhD thesis deals with the commercialization of personal data and its implications for data privacy law and competition law. More particularly, it examines the potential intersection between data privacy law and competition law as a result of the increasing monetization of personal information.

Possibilities: Academia or business

-After finishing my PhD, I would like to continue within the academia and go as far in the hierarchy as becoming a professor. The academic environment in here is great and it would be a privilege to be able to work for as long as possible. However, with the knowledge gained from the LLM and the PhD, it should also be possible to work within the industry particularly in the telecom and IT sectors.

By Kirsti Aarseth
Published Jan. 28, 2016 11:40 AM - Last modified Sep. 8, 2016 12:15 PM