Dr Aysem Diker Vanberg

Staff details

Position Lecturer
Department Law
Email A.DikerVanberg (@gold.ac.uk)
Dr Aysem Diker Vanberg

Dr Aysem Diker Vanberg is a Lecturer in Law at the Department of Law, at Goldsmiths, University of London. She is specialised in commercial law. She is a recognised authority on competition law, data protection law, digital markets and online platforms. Her work has been cited by academic and legal practitioners in the UK and globally.

Prior to joining Goldsmiths, Aysem worked at the University of Greenwich and Anglia Ruskin University as a Senior Lecturer and as an Associate Lecturer and Research Associate at the University of Essex.

Aysem holds a PhD from the University of Essex, an LLM from the University of Bremen and an LLB( Hons) from the University of Ankara (Turkey). She is also a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.

Aysem is also a qualified Turkish lawyer. Before moving to the UK, she worked as a lead in-house counsel for multinational companies including MAN Nutzfahrzeuge AG and Cimpor Cimentos de Portugal.

Academic qualifications

  • The Postgraduate Certificate in Education 2016
  • PhD in Competition Law 2015
  • LLM in European Law and International Law 2004
  • LLB (Hons) Law 2000

Research interests

Aysem’s research interests lie in EU and UK Competition Law, law and economics, IT Law, IP Law and Commercial Law. She is interested in the interaction and interplay between Competition Law and other areas, such as technology and data protection, particularly in the context of big data.

Aysem is a recognised authority on competition law, data protection law, digital markets and online platforms. Her work has been cited by academic and legal practitioners in the UK and globally, including for example by Facebook Vice President Erin Egan in the Facebook policy paper ‘Chartering a Way Forward: Data Portability and Privacy’. She was also invited to participate in a Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sports consultation, sharing input on the right to data portability and its enforcement in the UK, being subsequently cited in the seminal report on ‘Data Mobility: The personal data portability growth opportunity for the UK economy.

Currently, Aysem is authoring a book chapter on the proposed Digital Markets Act (DMA). The chapter analyses whether the DMA will be able to complement the enforcement of competition law at the EU and national level by tackling unfair practices by gatekeepers that either fall outside the scope of the existing competition rules or practices that cannot be effectively addressed by EU competition rules. She is also working on a monograph which examines the application of Article 102 TFEU to digital platforms.

Specific research topics that she is planning to explore in the future comprise the acquisition of large data sets through mergers and acquisitions by platform-based businesses and the role of EU competition law in dealing with market power in digital markets.



Diker Vanberg, Aysem. 2021. Informational privacy post GDPR – end of the road or the start of a long journey? The International Journal of Human Rights, 25(1), pp. 52-78. ISSN 1364-2987

Hoekstra, Johanna and Diker Vanberg, Aysem. 2019. The proposed directive for the supply of digital content: is it fit for purpose? International Review of Law, Computers & Technology, 33(1), pp. 100-117. ISSN 1360-0869

Diker Vanberg, Aysem. 2018. The right to data portability in the GDPR: What lessons can be learned from the EU experience? Journal of Internet Law, 21(7), pp. 10-19. ISSN 1094-2904

Diker Vanberg, Aysem and Maunick, Maelya. 2018. Data protection in the UK post-Brexit: the only certainty is uncertainty. International Review of Law, Computers & Technology, 32(1), pp. 190-206. ISSN 1360-0869

Diker Vanberg, Aysem and Bilal Ünver, Mehmet. 2017. The right to data portability in the GDPR and EU competition law: odd couple or dynamic duo. European Journal of Law and Technology, 8(1), ISSN 2042-115X

Book Section

Diker Vanberg, Aysem and Hoekstra, Johanna. 2020. Access to justice and arbitrating EU competition disputes: aye or nay? In: Leonardo V.P. de Oliveira and Sara Hourani, eds. Access to Justice in Arbitration: Concept, Context and Practice. Alphen aan den Rijn, Netherlands: Kluwer Law International. ISBN 9789403506913

Edited Book

Heval Cinar, Özgür and Diker Vanberg, Aysem, eds. 2021. The right to privacy revisited: different international perspectives. Abingdon: Routledge. ISBN 9781032171890

Further profile content

Media engagements

2018: BBC TV
Discussion of the GDPR and and its impact on consumers and businesses.

Conferences and talks

2021: The British and Irish Law Education Technology Association (BILETA) Conference
Complementing competition law for the digital economy- The Digital Markets Act

Grants and awards

2021: The Peter Harris Trust Fund
Organised a symposium at Greenwich University on digital rights.

2009: University of Essex, PhD Scholarship