Meet the team

Argyro Karanasiou (Solicitor, PhD Candidate at Leeds University)

Argyro KaranasiouI am a PhD Candidate and a Graduate Teaching Assistant for Constitutional Law at Leeds University. My research focuses on freedom of speech online. I particularly look into the evolving legal norms in the digital environment concerning speech and its limitations. Furthermore I examine possible attempts for setting up a regulative framework for free speech online that would be applicable on a transnational level. Before coming to Leeds I was working as a solicitor in Athens, Greece, where I originally come from. I worked in various posts for the Greek Government and the Technological University of Athens. Moreover I gave a series of seminars and lectures to broad audiences including students (undergrads and postgrads)and civil servants. I speak english, german, spanish and russian besides my mother tongue, greek. I love travelling and sailing. Different cultures is something that fascinates me as well. Therefore I consider myself lucky to have friends with multicultural background.

Trisha Rajput (Solicitor, PhD Candidate at Leeds University)

Trisha RajputI am a Doctoral Candidate at the School of Law, University of Leeds, UK, pursuing my research on the management of normative and jurisdiction conflict arising in the area of public international law by the WTO. I hold a Masters degree in European and International Business law from University of Leeds and a Bachelor of Laws degree through a five year integrated degree program of Bachelor of Laws from Army Institute of Law, Mohali, India (A.I.L). I have lectured for the Bachelors of law Programme of the Rajiv Gandhi National University of Law (RGNUL), Patiala, India; School of Law, University of Leeds, UK. I am pleased to offer my support towards organizing the conference “Human RIghts in the Digital Era” and would be happy to assist in any way possible.


Shuang Liang (Solicitor, PhD Candidate at Leeds University)

I am a PhD Researcher at Leeds University. My research focuses on International investment law—privately financed infrastructure projects. I commenced my research in 2009. I have worked as trainee for London based law firm and as a lawyer for one year for a Chinese law firm. I hold an LLM in International Commercial Law (Birmingham, 2008) and an LLB in International Economic and Trade Law (The Southwest University of Politic Science and Law, China, 2005).This diverse academic and professional background has contributed significantly towards my research studies.My academic interests include the following: International Investment Law, International Commercial Law, World Trade Organization Laws, Company law, Insolvent Law.

Jeremy M. Harmer (PhD Candidate at Leeds University)

I am both a member of staff at the University of Leeds and a part-time Ph.D. candidate in the School of Law. Professionally, I deal with the regulation of websites within the University; the management of University trademarks; the use of our name worldwide; and with issues of IT law. For research my topic is Internet privacy, looking specifically at the situation in the UK, US and China. I hold an LL.M. in Cyberlaw from Leeds. I have been involved in IT since 1977, the web since 1993 and in IT law since 2000.

Jompon Pitaksantayothin (Lecturer, PhD Candidate at Leeds University)

I was awarded a PhD scholarship from School of Law, University of the Thai Chamber of Commerce (Thailand) in 2007; and commenced my studies at School of Law, Leeds University in 2008. I graduated with LLB from Thammasat University (Thailand) in 2000. Then I completed my first LLM at Warwick University in 2002, followed by my second LLM at Edinburgh University in 2004 respectively. The focus of my PhD research is on the regulation of harmful content on the Internet from the perspective of freedom of expression. with special reference to the regulatory approached currently adopted by Thailand, England, the CoE and the EU. I support the right to freedom of expression on the Internet., Although restriction is necessary under certain circumstances, the restrictive measures should be implemented consistently with the principle of proportionality.

Kheira Belkacem (PhD Candidate at ICS, University of Leeds)

I am a PhD candidate at the Institute of Communications Studies, University of Leeds and a member of the Centre for Digital Citizenship ( My research interest focuses on new technologies and democratic processes at the European level. My PhD research aims at studying jointly the process of amending draft legislation in parliamentary committees of the European Parliament and the communication patterns of the actors involved in such a process in a digitalised world. The incorporation of online social networks in Members of the European Parliament’s communication patterns is the focus of this doctoral research. Before starting this PhD, I graduated at the European Institute of the University of Geneva, Switzerland (MA in European Studies). I also worked for the United Nations Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR), on their E-Governance Programme and in the European Parliament in Brussels for the Directorate-General for Innovation and Technological Support (DG ITEC).