Perla Khattar

J.S.D. Candidate

Hi! I am Perla Khattar, a doctoral candidate at the University of Notre Dame Law School where I am pursuing my J.S.D. with a focus on consumer digital privacy. Under the guidance of Paolo Carozza, my dissertation, "Consumer Digital Privacy: The Argument for a Universal and Standardized Right Afforded to Every Human Around the Globe," explores the necessity of a comprehensive approach to digital privacy rights on a global scale.

I earned my LL.M., Summa Cum Laude from Loyola University College of Law, New Orleans, where I wrote a thesis examining the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on contract enforceability. I also earned my LL.B/B.A, Magna Cum Laude, Valedictorian, from La Sagesse University in Beirut.

My research and writings delve into various facets of law and technology, with a particular emphasis on privacy and digital rights. My articles have been published in prestigious legal journals. I love contributing to academic blogs discussing contemporary legal issues, including the intersection of privacy and emerging technologies.

I am deeply engaged in advocacy and activism. I founded Project OOPS (Online, Offline, Privacy, and Security), an initiative dedicated to educating children on privacy and security risks. I also served as an executive board member of Proud Lebanon NGO, where I played a key role in advocating for the rights of marginalized groups and challenged discriminatory laws.

Currently, I am a Ph.D. Fellow at the Kellogg Institute for International Studies, a Technology Ethics Fellow at the Notre Dame-IBM Lab, an affiliate at the Klau Institute for Civil and Human Rights, and a Fulbright Scholar. I am also actively involved in professional associations such as the International Association of Privacy Professionals and the Beirut Bar Association.

Through my research and advocacy, I strive to contribute to the fields of law and technology, addressing pressing societal challenges and promoting a more just and equitable digital world.