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Technology Regulation and Information Policy Research Group

The Technology Regulation and Information Policy Research Group focuses on the principal legal issues arising from the impact of modern technologies and influencing modern information policy.

  • Areas of ResearchLearn about our research focus areas and supervision expertise

    The Technology Regulation and Information Policy Research Group's principal research areas are:

    • Bridging the Digital Divide
    • Cloud computing
    • Content regulation
    • Cybercrime
    • Cybersecurity
    • Digital Evidence and Forensics
    • E-commerce
    • Indigenous culture and information protection
    • Intellectual property and protection
      • Copyright
      • Designs
      • Patents
      • Trademarks
    • Internet and the World Wide Web
    • National Broadband Network
    • Online Games
    • Privacy law, Human Rights and Identity
    • Regulation in the Information Age
    • Social Networking
    • Surveillance Technologies
    • Virtual Worlds
    • Workplace of the Future
  • Management BoardMeet our academic research leaders

    Members of the Adelaide Law School researching in the Technology Regulation and Information Policy Research Group's research areas are:

    Melissa de Zwart
    Melissa de Zwart (Co-Director)

    Melissa de Zwart is an Associate Professor at the Adelaide Law School. Prior to joining academia, she was Legal Manager, CSIRO, where she specialised in technology transfer and licensing of intellectual property. Melissa taught in the undergraduate and postgraduate programmes at Monash University for 13 years. She has a special interest in copyright, digital technology, fair dealing, digital technology, content regulation, online games, social networking, governance of online environments, digital identity, new media and convergence.

    Nigel Wilson
    Nigel Wilson (Co-Director)

    Nigel Wilson is a Senior Lecturer at the Adelaide Law School where he is the Course Co-ordinator of the undergraduate Evidence subject and both the Technology, Law and Society and the Insurance Law subjects in the Master of Laws programme. Nigel has practised as a Barrister for over 20 years, 18 years at Bar Chambers, Adelaide, where he is an Associate Member. Nigel has a particular interest and expertise in the law of evidence, digital forensics, privacy, human rights, insurance law, risk management, cybersecurity and technology law.

    Dr Judith Bannister
    Dr Judith Bannister

    Judith joined Adelaide Law School in 2009. She has combined qualifications in law and librarianship to develop her research in the field of regulation of information access; her work integrates freedom of information, copyright and confidential information. Judith has a PhD from the Australian National University in information law.

    David Caruso
    Mr David Caruso

    David has presented and published papers, in Australia, Asia, Europe and the United States, on international trade issues and reform of justice mechanisms and court processes affecting Australia and other common law countries. Through the AJU, he is currently working on a cross-jurisdictional advocacy research project across Australia, India and China.

    Bernadette Richards
    Bernadette Richards

    Bernadette began her professional life as an English and Drama teacher, then moved on to the RAAF where she served as an Education Officer for many years. Along the way, she studied law and decided to combine her interests in education and the law and move into an academic role.

    Dale Stephens
    Dale Stephens

    Captain in the Royal Australian Navy Reserve who spent over 20 years as a permanent officer in the Navy before taking up his appointment at Adelaide Law School. He has occupied numerous staff officer appointments throughout his career in the Australian Defence Force, including Fleet Legal Officer, Command Legal Officer (Naval Training Command), Chief Legal Officer Strategic Operations Command, Director of Operational and International Law, Deputy Director of the Asia-Pacific Centre for Military Law (a joint venture with Melbourne University Law School), Director Navy Legal and Director of the Military Law Centre.

    David Wright
    David Wright

    David Wright was Associate Dean of Law (International), Associate Dean of Law (Research) and Associate Dean of Law (Postgraduate) at the University of Adelaide Law School. He has been a Visiting Professor, University of Tokyo and Visiting Research Scholar, Kings' College London. He is a senior lecturer at the University of Adelaide.

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    We view these interactions as essential elements in advancing the University's research and teaching objectives as well as adding value to you as our partners.

    The Faculty of the Professions is renowned for its academic diversity and is home to some of the most respected and eminent researchers at the University of Adelaide. Within the Adelaide Law School, our commitment to innovation and a culture of forward thinking helps to influence the world we live in.

    Our collaborative research activities span across government, business and community groups. Our under-pinning philosophy of research partnerships is to match your community needs and business opportunities with the resources and expertise of our Faculty. The expertise and knowledge of our academic staff, who are specialists in their fields, present great opportunities for organisations to grow and to make decisive contributions that can influence strategic agendas and operational frameworks.

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