Ubongabasi Obot is a PhD candidate at the University of Surrey School of Law and a recipient of the Doctoral College Studentship Award. Ubongabasi holds an LLM in LegalTech from Swansea University, The United Kingdom. In addition, she is a Wim Deetman Scholar and holds an MA in Development Studies (Human Rights, Gender and Conflict Studies; Social Justice Perspectives) from Erasmus University, The Netherlands; BL and LLB degrees from the Nigerian Law School and the University of Uyo, Nigeria, respectively.
Her primary research interests are law and technology policy, specifically, the intersection of technology and human rights, digital rights and criminal justice. Her PhD research is on building a human rights framework for algorithmic justice. She is concerned with designing a new governance structure that sufficiently regulates new technologies in a way that amplifies their advantages while ensuring that human rights law is honoured.
Prior to embarking on her PhD, Ubongabasi has worked in The Gambia, The Netherlands, Nigeria and the United Kingdom in different roles, including Human Rights Litigation, Research, Programme Management and Advocacy for organisations such as The Institute for Human Rights and Development in Africa (Banjul, The Gambia), Nuffic (The Netherlands), and other organisations including NGO’s, the Government and Private Law Firms.