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Mireille M Caruana
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Mireille M Caruana, BA (Melit.), Mag Jur (Melit.), LLM (Lond.), LLD (Melit.)

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Mireille Caruana is Project Officer for various research projects coordinated by the Department of Information Governance and Policy, Faculty of Media and Knowledge Science, University of Malta. These include the SMART project  and RESPECT. She has dedicated much of her academic career to date to Information Policy & Governance with particular focus on Information Technology Law. She read for an LLM in Computer and Communications Law at Queen Mary, University of London in 2007-2008. Before moving to the UK in 2006 she had completed the degrees of LLD (Doctor of Laws) and Magister Juris in European and Comparative Law at the University of Malta, where her Mag Juris dissertation and electives were in the field of privacy and data protection law.

Her PhD research at the University of Bristol (2007-2012) and the University of Malta within the SMART and RESPECT projects is about privacy and data protection, with a focus on the use of personal data in the criminal justice sector in Europe. In closely-related research, she is also currently involved as a co-investigator in the PUPIE (Police Uses of Personal Information across Europe) 2010-2012 project, commissioned by the Council of Europe. One deliverable of the project will be a Report containing an overview survey across the 47 member states of the Council of Europe of the adoption and implementation of Recommendation R(87)15 during its 24 years of existence, presented in a preliminary version to the Council of Europe’s T-PD plenary session in November 2011. In September 2011 she presented the preliminary results of this research at the International Data Protection Conference organised jointly by the Polish Presidency of the Council of the European Union and the European Commission and held in Warsaw.



Mireille has taught at under-graduate and post-graduate level in Malta and the UK. Most recently, she lectured Computer Science students at the University of Bristol on Law and Information Technology.


Selected publications:

  1. Mireille M. Caruana & J.A. Cannataci, (2007) ‘European Union privacy and data protection principles: Compatibility with culture and legal frameworks in Islamic states’, Information & Communications Technology Law, Vol 16:2, 99 – 124 Routledge, Taylor & Francis, UK
    DOI: 10.1080/13600830701531953 URL:
    ISSN 1360-0834 print/ISSN 1469-8404 online
  2. J. A. Cannataci & Mireille M. Caruana, Across Cultural Divides, (2007) ‘Introduction’, Information & Communications Technology, Law, Vol 16:2, 91 – 98., Routledge, Taylor & Francis, UK
    DOI: 10.1080/13600830701531938 URL:
    ISSN 1360-0834 print/ISSN 1469-8404 online
  3. Joseph A. Cannataci, Mireille M. Caruana and Jeanne Pia Mifsud Bonnici, (2006) ‘R (87) 15: A slow death?’ in “Monitoring and Supervision” Erasmus University Press, Rotterdam., pp. 27-49, ISBN 905677316X
  4. Guest Editor (with Joseph A. Cannataci) of a Special Issue on “Across Cultural Divides: Data Protection & Islam” of Information & Communications Technology Law (Routledge, Taylor & Francis) ISSN 1360-0834 print/ISSN 1469-8404 online  Online Publication Date: 01 June 2007 DOI: 10.1080/13600830701531938; ISSN 1360-0834 print/ISSN 1469-8404 online.


Last Updated: 31 January 2012

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