Nele Achten



College: College of Social Sciences and International Studies
Research Centre/Unit: Exeter Centre for International Law

Nele Achten is a MPhil/ PhD candidate at Exeter. Her research examines obligations of states to protect, prevent and stop cyber operations. She identifies the gaps in existing international law and develops a normative framework to maintain safe and secure global networks. In this context, she studies how the recognition of information technologies as a "common good" could contribute to improve protection against cyber threats.

Nele is interested in research at the intersection of international law, domestic regulations and new technologies. Recently, she has conducted research on online speech regulations in Germany and  together with the Cyberlaw Clinic at Harvard Law School she participated in a mapping exercise of AI principles. In 2019, she participated in a Sino-European working group on the application of international law in cyberspace.

Prior to starting her PhD studies, she was a research assistant and lecturer of constitutional and migration law for law enforcement officers. Nele was visiting researcher at Harvard Law School (spring term 2019) and is currently affiliated with the Berkman Klein Center for Internet and Society at Harvard University.