Advisory Board


Board members

Major General the Honourable Kevin Duggan AM RFD QC

The Honourable Kevin Duggan was a judge of the Supreme Court of South Australia from 1988 to 2011. In addition to his role as a judge he was the Judge Advocate General for the Australian Defence Force from 1996 to 2001. He also held the rank of Major General in the Army Reserve and, upon his retirement from the Army, was appointed a member of the Defence Force Discipline Appeal Tribunal. He was the Honorary Colonel of the Adelaide Universities Regiment from 2003 to 2010 and the Colonel Commandant of the Australian Army Legal Corps. He was made a member of the Order of Australia in the military division of the Queen’s Birthday Honours List in June 2002.

Professor Lilian Edwards

Professor Lilian Edwards is Professor of E-Governance at the University of Strathclyde. Her principal research interests are in the law relating to the Internet, the Web and new technologies, with a European and comparative focus.

She has co-edited two bestselling collections on Law and the Internet (Hart Publishing, 1997 and 2000 - 3rd edn due 2008) with Charlotte Waelde, and a third collection of essays The New Legal Framework for E-Commerce in Europe was published in 2005. Her work in on-line consumer privacy won the Barbara Wellbery Memorial Prize in 2004 for the best solution to the problem of privacy and transglobal data flows. She worked at Strathclyde University from 1986-1988 and Edinburgh University from 1989 to 2006 before moving to become Chair of Internet Law at Southampton from 2006-2008. She is Associate Director, and was co-founder, of the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) Centre for IP and Technology Law, funded from 2002-2012. She has taught IT, e-commerce and Internet law at undergraduate and postgraduate level since 1996 and been involved with law and artificial intelligence (AI) since 1985. She has been a visiting scholar and invited lecturer to universities in the USA, Canada, Australia, Mexico, and Latin America and has undertaken consultancy for the European Parliament, the European commission and McAfee. Her blog on IT law matters, PanGloss, is widely read.

Mr W Renn Gade

W. Renn Gade is a retired U.S. Army officer. While in the military he served as the Staff Judge Advocate (senior legal advisor) to a number of joint, combined, and U.S. Army commands, including: U.S. Special Operations Command, Multinational Force-Iraq, Multinational Corps-Iraq, XVIII Airborne Corps, and the 82d Airborne Division. He also served as the Military Assistant to the Department of Defense General Counsel and Deputy Legal Counsel to the Chairman, Joint Chiefs of Staff. He is currently the Senior Legal Counsel at the U.S. National Counterterrorism Center. He is a graduate of Drake University and Drake University Law School. He also holds a LL.M from the U.S. Army Judge Advocate Generals Legal Center and School and a M.S. in National Security Strategy from the National War College.

Former Rear Admiral Raydon Gates AO CSM

Former Rear Admiral Raydon Gates AO CSM joined Lockheed Martin in November 2010 and assumed the position as Chief Executive of Lockheed Martin Australia in March 2011. He served in the Royal Australian Navy for 37 years retiring in 2008 as a Rear Admiral. A seaman officer, his sea service culminated with the command of two guided missile frigates. His flag officer (2 star) appointments include the inaugural Commander of the Australian Defence College, Maritime Commander Australia, and Defence Attach and Head Australian Defence Staff (Washington DC). In his post navy career Former Rear Admiral Gates AO CSM was the CEO of the Kokoda Foundation and a private consultant working in the Defence Industry and National Security areas. He also had mentoring/coaching roles in Leadership and Strategic studies at the Australian Defence College. He holds a number of pro-bono Director positions: New South Wales Centenary of ANZAC Advisory Council, University of NSW Canberra Advisory Council and University of South Australia's Defence and Systems Institute. Former Rear Admiral Gates AO CSM has been awarded a Masters Degree in Business Administration, a Graduate Diploma in Strategic Studies, and a Diploma of Company Directorship. He is a graduate of a number of strategic leadership management programs from Mt Eliza (Victoria) Management College, Australian Graduate School of Management, Oxford University and Harvard University. His honours and awards include his appointment as an Officer in the Order of Australia, the Conspicuous Service Medal, the United States Legion of Merit and the French Order of Maritime Merit.

Professor Jack Goldsmith

Professor Jack Goldsmith is the Henry L. Shattuck Professor of Law at Harvard University and a senior fellow at the Hoover Institution. From 2003 to 2004, he served as the assistant attorney general, Office of Legal Counsel; from 2002 to 2003 he served as the special counsel to the general counsel of the Department of Defense. Professor Goldsmith also taught at the University of Chicago Law School from 1997 to 2002 and at the University of Virginia Law School from 1994 to 1997. In his academic work, Professor Goldsmith has written widely on issues related to national security law, presidential power, international law, and Internet regulation. His books include Power and Constraint: The Accountable Presidency after 9/11(2012), The Terror Presidency: Law and Judgment inside the Bush Administration (2009), Who Controls the Internet: Illusions of a Borderless World (with Tim Wu) (2006), and The Limits of International Law (with Eric Posner) (2005). He blogs on national security matters at the Lawfare blog, and on issues of labor law and policy at the On Labor blog. Professor Goldsmith is a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.

He holds a JD from Yale Law School, a BA and an MA from Oxford University, and a BA from Washington & Lee University. He clerked for Supreme Court justice Anthony M.Kennedy, Court of Appeals judge J. Harvie Wilkinson, and Judge George Aldrich on the Iran-US Claims Tribunal.

Commodore Vicki McConachie CSC RANR

Mrs McConachie served in the Royal Australian Navy for 29 years reaching the rank of Commodore and currently heads an Australian Government legal division. Her service career highlights include two postings as Fleet Legal Officer where she advised on legal matters affecting operations in the Persian Gulf and Timor and contributed to the cultural change processes required to deal with the challenges arising from the decision to post women to warships; Commanding Officer of HMAS Kuttabul from 2000 to 2003; Chief of Staff to the Inspector General ADF (2003-2006); the Chief of International Law in the Headquarters of the Multi National Force Iraq (2006); Director General ADF Legal Service (2007-2010) and Director General Navy People (2011-2012). Her awards include the Conspicuous Service Cross, the NSW Law Society Excellence Award in Government Legal Service, the Centenary of Federation Medal and the US Meritorious Service Medal. She holds a BA, LLB and LLM.

The Honourable Justice Melissa Perry

Justice Melissa Perry was appointed to the Federal Court of Australia in 2013. Her Honour graduated in Law from Adelaide University with 1st class honours, and was awarded an LLM and PhD in public international law from the University of Cambridge. She practiced at the Bar from 1992 to 2013, being appointed Queens Counsel in 2004, and was admitted to the Bar of England and Wales in 2012. Justice Perry serves as a Squadron Leader with the Royal Australian Air Force, Legal Specialist Reserves. Among other things, Justice Perry is a member of the Judicial Council on Cultural Diversity established by the Council of Chief Justices and a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Law. Justice Perry has held positions on numerous professional bodies including the Administrative Review Council and the New South Wales Bar Association Human Rights and Equal Opportunity Committees.