Dr Marion Oswald is a lawyer with over thirty years’ experience spanning several contexts: law firms, international technology businesses, central government including national security, academia, and oversight functions. She researches the interaction between law and digital technology, with a particular interest in the human rights, ethics and use of data analytics within policing and intelligence agencies.
Marion works in the intersection between practice, policy and academia, and her research has made distinctive contributions in respect of privacy, fair decision-making and AI and the way that data is acted upon by the public sector. She chairs the West Midlands Police & Crime Commissioner and West Midlands Police data ethics committee and is a member of the New Zealand Police independent advisory panel on emerging technologies and the National Statistician's Data Ethics Advisory Committee.
From July 2021, she is Specialist Adviser to the House of Lords Justice and Home Affairs Committee, advising the Committee on its inquiry into new technologies and the application of the law. She has been appointed to the independent Advisory Board of the Centre for Data Ethics and Innovation, a government expert body focused upon the trustworthy use of data and AI. She is an Associate Professor of Law at Northumbria University and a part-time Senior Research Associate with the Safe and Ethical AI programme at the Alan Turing Institute.