Dr. Marcelo Thompson

Assistant Professor, Department of Law

Marcelo Thompson is an Assistant Professor of Law at the University of Hong Kong Faculty of Law. He previously served as Deputy Director of the Law and Technology Centre at the Faculty of Law. Courses Marcelo teaches or has taught at HKU include “Law and Society”, “Legal Theory”, “Privacy and Data Protection” and “Regulation of Cyberspace “. Marcelo’s core research interests lie in the intersection between law, political theory and the study of technological change. He is interested in what new forms of normativity arising from the design of the information environment mean for the life of law and politics in the 21st century.

Marcelo completed his Doctorate of Philosophy at the University of Oxford, Oxford Internet Institute, on the idea of neutrality in technology law and politics. Marcelo holds an LLM (Law and Technology) from the University of Ottawa, where he wrote his major research paper on copyright reform and the human right of access to knowledge. A native of Brazil, he was the recipient of a full doctorate scholarship from The CAPES Foundation, of the Brazilian Ministry of Education, for which he was ranked 1st place, nationally, in the area of Law. His LLB was concluded at the Pontifical Catholic University of Rio de Janeiro (PUC-Rio), from where he also holds a PgDip in Intellectual Property Law. From May to June 2008 Marcelo was an Alcatel-Lucent Foundation Visiting Fellow at the Hans Bredow Institute for Media ResearchUniversity of Hamburg.  Marcelo is a member of the Advisory Committee of the Network of Excellence in Internet Science and of the Editorial Board of Revista de Direito Administrativo.

Specialized areas:

  • Jurisprudence and Political Theory
  • Regulation and Governance of the Internet
  • Identity, Privacy and Data Protection
  • Copyright and Access to Knowledge