Dr Maria Tzanou

School of Law

Senior Lecturer in Law

Postgraduate Research (PGR) Director

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Dr Maria Tzanou
School of Law
Bartolomé House
Winter Street
S3 7ND

Dr Maria Tzanou’s  research focuses on European constitutional and human rights law, privacy, data protection, surveillance, the regulation of new and emerging technologies and the inequalities of data privacy law and how these affect vulnerable groups. She is the author of The Fundamental Right to Data Protection. Normative Value in the Context of Counter-Terrorism Surveillance (Hart, 2017) and the editor of Personal Data Protection and Legal Developments in the European Union (IGI Global, 2020) and Health Data Privacy under the GDPR. Big Data Challenges and Regulatory Responses (Routledge, 2021). 

She is currently leading an inter-disciplinary research project funded by the Leverhulme Trust on ‘FemTech surveillance: Gendered digital harms and regulatory approaches’. The project explores FemTech’s techno-management of women’s intimate lives by combining both doctrinal research and empirical analysis and aims to develop an egalitarian data privacy law theory. 

She acts as permanent scientific advisor to the Greek Ministry of Justice on data protection issues. She co-convenes the UK Society of Legal Scholars (SLS) Cyberlaw Section and is an Associate Editor of European Data Protection Law Review.

Before joining Sheffield, she held positions at the University of Keele and Edge Hill University. In 2018, Maria was awarded the Routledge/ Association of Law Teachers (ALT) ‘Teaching Law with Technology Prize’ for successfully devising and implementing a research-led approach for teaching students the interaction between law and new technologies.


• PCLTHE- Keele University

• PhD- European University Institute

• LLM (Comparative, European and International Laws)- European University Institute

• MA (Advanced Public Law) - Université de Bordeaux IV and University of Athens

• LLM (European Union Law) – University of Cambridge

• LLB- University of Athens

Research interests

• Data protection law

• Privacy law

• European human rights law

• AI and emerging technologies regulation

• Surveillance

Maria is happy to supervise PhD research in the following areas: privacy and data protection, big data, AI and human rights, surveillance, regulation of emerging technologies.


Journal articles


Dictionary/encyclopaedia entries

  • Tzanou M & Savirimuthu J (2022) The United Kingdom. In International Encyclopaedia of Laws. RIS download Bibtex download
Research group

Director of Sheffield Centre for International and European Law (SCIEL)

Title/Description Awarding Body People Involved Dates Amounts
'FemTech surveillance: Gendered digital harms and regulatory approaches' Leverhulme Trust Dr Maria Tzanou (P-I), Prof Tsachi Keren-Paz and Dr Marco Ortolani (Co-Is) 2022-2024 £160,090
‘The ethical and legal challenges of the sharing of health data in social media’ Society of Legal Scholars (SLS) Dr Maria Tzanou 2017- 2018  
‘Brexit and the Law School’ Society of Legal Scholars (SLS) Dr Maria Tzanou 2017  
Teaching activities

UG Modules:

Advanced EU Law

Professional activities and memberships

• Associate Editor- European Data Protection Law
• Associate Editor- IEEE Technology and Society Magazine (2021- 2022)
• UK Society of Legal Scholars (SLS) Cyberlaw Section Co-convenor
• Member of the European Research Network within The South EU Google Data Governance Chair
• Member of the Society of Legal Scholars
• Member of the Athens Bar Association (GR)- resigned