Stergios is a Lecturer in Law and the Programme Director of the LLM/MSc in Law, Artificial Intelligence and New Technologies at Keele Law School. He joined Keele in 2023, having previously worked as a Researcher on Law and AI at the University of Oxford, Faculty of Law.

In previous work, Stergios has led the legal and ethical work package of an international multidisciplinary research project (Horizon2020, DARLENE), seeking to embed legal and ethical principles in the development of AI and AR technologies for policing (see techUK blog post). He has also led work on legal opportunities and constraints in designing a justice data infrastructure in the UK as part of a UKRI-funded project (AI for English Law at the University of Oxford), leading to the drafting of a policy report addressed to the HMCTS and other public bodies interested in creating research data infrastructures (see Oxford report).

Stergios completed his DPhil (PhD) in Socio-Legal Studies at the University of Oxford in 2021. His doctoral thesis explored the legal and non-legal regulation of data sharing in the UK public sector, focusing on the use of government data by independent researchers. Before his doctoral research, Stergios completed an MSt and an MJur at the University of Oxford, specialising in human rights law and legal philosophy, as well as an LLM in Criminal Law & Criminology at the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki (Greece). His research has been published in international and domestic peer-reviewed legal and interdisciplinary journals.

Stergios has taught Human Rights Law at the University of Oxford, where he also served as a Graduate Teaching Assistant (GTA), and Jurisprudence at Queen Mary University of London. At Keele, he is the module convenor for the undergraduate module Law and New Technologies and the postgraduate module Robots and AI Law.

Research and scholarship

In his research, Stergios is broadly interested in the regulation and governance of data managed by public sector entities, with a view to understand how the law can be used to maximise the delivery of public interest goals and the equitable distribution of benefits emerging from such data to the broader society. Beyond legal instruments, such as the UK Data Protection Act 2018 and the Digital Economy Act 2017, he conducts socio-legal and empirical research projects to examine the impact of other factors on the production, use, sharing and retention of public sector data. He is happy to supervise students in the area of data protection, human rights law and law and new technologies, as well as advise on socio-legal research methodologies.

His research interests are located at the intersections of law and new technologies, data protection, human rights law, administrative law and socio-legal studies. He has published on the potential reconciliation of public and private interests under lawful grounds for processing in the GDPR (in the Research Handbook in EU Data Protection Law), as well as on key governance questions related to the use of academic research data in such journals as the European Data Protection Law ReviewInternational Data Privacy Law and the Computer Law & Security Review.


Law and New Technologies (Module Leader)

Robots and AI Law (Module Leader)


Peer-reviewed journal papers and chapters

  • S. Aidinlis, ‘Government-to-Business (G2B) Research Data Sharing and the GDPR: Reconciling the Public with the Private?’ (2022) in E. Kosta and R. Leenes (eds), Research Handbook in EU Data Protection Law (Edward Elgar 2022)
  • S. Aidinlis, ‘The EU GDPR in Times of Crisis: COVID-19 and the Noble Dream of Europeanisation’ (2020) 9 Journal of European Consumer and Market Law 151
  • S. Aidinlis, ‘The right to be forgotten as a fundamental right in UK law after Brexit’ (2020) 25(2) Communications Law 67
  • S. Aidinlis, ‘Defining the ‘‘legal’’: two conceptions of legal consciousness and legal alienation in administrative justice research’ (2019) 41 Journal of Social Welfare and Family Law 495-513
  • J. Bell, S. Aidinlis, H. Smith, M. Mourby, H. Gowans, S. Wallace and J. Kaye, ‘Balancing data subjects’ rights and public interest research: examining the interplay between UK law, EU human rights law and the General Data Protection Regulation’ (2019) 5(1) European Data Protection Law Review 43-53
  • M. Mourby, H. Gowans, S. Aidinlis, H. Smith and J. Kaye, ‘Governance of academic research data under the GDPR – lessons from the UK’ (2019) 9(3) International Data Privacy Law 192–206 
  • M. Mourby, J. Doidge, K. Jones, S. Aidinlis, H. Smith, J. Bell, R. Gilbert, P. Dutey-Magni and J. Kaye, ‘Health Data Linkage for Public Interest Research in the UK: Key Obstacles and Solutions’ (2019) 4(1) International Journal of Data Population Science  9-22
  • J. Bell, S. Wallace, M. Mourby, H. Gowans, S. Aidinlis, H. Smith and J. Kaye, ‘Lawful disclosure of administrative data for research purposes in the UK’ (2018) 2(1) Journal of Data Protection & Privacy 1-14
  • M. Mourby, E. Mackey, M. Elliot, H. Gowans, S. Wallace, J. Bell, H. Smith, S. Aidinlis and J. Kaye, ‘Are ‘‘pseudonymised’’ data always personal data? Implications of the GDPR for administrative data research in the UK’ (2018) 34(2) Computer Law & Security Review 222-233
  • S. Aidinlis and G. Nikolou, ‘What grounds law? A legal-philosophical reading of the Greek Supreme Court’s 1428/2017 decision on the validity of same-sex marriages’ (2018) 1 To Syntagma 293-323 (in Greek)
  • M. Mourby, S. Aidinlis and H. Smith, ‘Virtues out of necessity? A review of the progress of the UK Data Protection Bill 2017-18’ (2017) 167 New Law Journal 11

Policy reports

  • T. Sveinsdottir, P. Troullinou, S. Aidinlis and others, ‘The role of data in AI’ (2020) Commissioned report for the OECD Data in AI Working Group
  • S. Aidinlis, H. Smith, A. Adams-Prassl and J. Adams-Prassl, ‘Creating a Justice Data Infrastructure For Research: Legal Opportunities and Constraints’ (2020) University of Oxford UKRI Report
  • H. Teare, S. Coy, S. Wallace, S. Aidinlis, A. Schuler-Scott, H. Smith, H. Gowans and J. Kaye, ‘Data Policy Models for Funding Bodies’ (2018) Wellcome Trust 

Conference papers

  • I. Pastaltzidis, N. Dimitriou, K. Quezada-Tavarez, S. Aidinlis et al, ‘Data augmentation for fairness-aware machine learning: Preventing algorithmic bias in law enforcement systems’ (FAccT '22: 2022 ACM Conference on Fairness, Accountability, and Transparency)
  • S. Aidinlis and A. Gurzawska, ‘Responsible innovation in Multidisciplinary Research and Innovation Projects: Moving from Principle to Practice’ (2021) ISPIM Innovation Conference LUT Scientific and Expertise Publications: ISBN 978-952-335-467-8
  • S. Aidinlis, H. Smith, J. Armour and J. Adams-Prassl, ‘Lawful Grounds for Processing Justice Data for Legal/Tech in the UK’ (Data for Policy 2021)
  • S. Aidinlis, F. Ritchie, F. Tava and E. Green, ‘Reconsidering the ‘Public/Private’ Divide in Data Governance: Legal Realities and Ethical Implications’ (Data for Policy 2020)


  • S. Aidinlis, ‘Using AI-Powered Immersive Technologies for Improved Situational Awareness of Police Officers: Promise and Challenges’ (2022) TechUK blog
  • S. Aidinlis, ‘Designing a multi-layered ethical and legal oversight for developing augmented reality technology in DARLENE’ (2021) DARLENE website  
  • S. Aidinlis and I. Gruev, ‘Accountability for Sexual Harassment at the International Criminal Court – The Case of Defence Support Staff’ (2019) OxHRH Blog   
  • S. Aidinlis, ‘The ‘‘Administrative Justice’’ of Government Data Sharing for Research: a Primer’ (2019) UKAJI Blog
  • S. Aidinlis, 'Driving Forces of Administrative Data Sharing by Public Bodies: A UK-wide Socio-Legal Enquiry' (2017) ADRN Blog  

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