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Dr Scott Summers is a Lecturer in Law, and a faculty member of the Centre for Competition Policy, at the UEA Norwich Business School, where he is the module organiser for the following modules: (i) Business and Company Law; (ii) Practical Law for Managers; and (iii) Marketing: Social Responsibility and the Law.

Scott also sits on – and provides guidance and advice to – the UK Data Archive's Information Security Management Group (ISMG), around data protection and other key legislation impacting on the Archive's operations. In addition to these roles, Scott is also helping to advise Studious Digital Education around data protection considerations for their work.

Scott has written numerous pieces around data protection, data sharing and the UK criminal cartel offence. He has also responded to various consultations and has been quoted in the Telegraph.

Scott was formerly a Senior Research Data Services Officer at the UK Data Service where he advised researchers on legal and ethical considerations around depositing and sharing their research data. Whilst in this role Scott was also an Associate Tutor at the UEA Law School and an Occasional Lecturer at the University of Suffolk, where he taught on a diverse range of modules in Law.

His PhD thesis, entitled ‘EU Cartel Enforcement and its Compliance with Procedural Rights: How can its Effectiveness be Enhanced?’ (UEA Law School, 2011-2015), considered whether the European Commission's cartel enforcement policies comply with procedural rights and the rights enshrined within the European Convention on Human Rights (ECHR). In particular, it assessed the Commission's fining policy, leniency policy and direct settlement policy against the ECHR, procedural rights and the relevant jurisprudence. Further to this, the research considered whether the Commission applies its policies equally to undertakings in practice and how its effectiveness can be enhanced. 


You can follow Scott on Twitter at @DrScottSummers.

Scott’s publications can be accessed at

Key Research Interests

Scott has active research interests in:

  • Data Protection;
  • Data Privacy;
  • EU Competition Law;
  • the UK Criminal Cartel Offence;
  • Oil and Gas Law; and,
  • Data Management.


A full list of Scott’s publications can be accessed at


Journal Articles:

The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR): Research and Archiving FAQs’ [2018] UK Data Service, UK Data Archive.

The Role of Case Studies in Effective Data Sharing, Reuse and Impact’ [2016] 40(3) IASSIST Quarterly 14.

What should the Dishonesty Element of the UK Cartel Offence be Replaced with?’ [2012] 1 Competition Law Journal 53.


Book Chapters:

Managing and Sharing Research Data: A Guide to Good Practice

Chapter 5: Formatting, Organising and Transforming Data;

Chapter 6: Storing and Moving Data;

Chapter 7: Legal and Ethical Considerations in Sharing Data;

Chapter 8: Disclosure Review, Access Control and Anonymisation;

Chapter 9: Rights Relating to Research Data; and,

Chapter 12: Working with Big and Novel Data. 



Versioning Requirements for Curation and Access to New Forms of Data (Deliverable 6.7 of the SERISS project funded under the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme GA No: 654221).

Appraisal/Selection Requirements for New Forms of Data (Deliverable 6.9 of the SERISS project funded under the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme GA No: 654221).
I was a co-author of these two reports with various other CESSDA colleagues. Writing in particular – with one of my colleagues – the legal and ethical section and Appendix D.

Consultation Responses:

CCP Response to the IPO Consultation on Artificial Intelligence and Intellectual Property’ [2022].

Office of Fair Trading: Consultation on Leniency and Penalties (Consultation Response from the ESRC Centre for Competition Policy)’ [2011].


Research Group or Lab Membership

Responsible Business Regulation Group.

Centre for Competition Policy.

Teaching Interests

Scott lectures in Business and Marketing Law, having particular interests in Competition, Data Protection, and IP Law.

Scott is the module organiser for:

  1. NBS-5004Y (Business and Company Law);
  2. NBS-5017Y (Practical Law for Managers); and,
  3. NBS-6011Y (Marketing: Social Responsibility and the Law). 

Scott also guest lecturers on NBS-4007Y, NBS-4008Y, NBS-5020Y and NBS-7065B.

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions