Public Law Weekend 2019: Technology, public law and public administration

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9am–5pm Friday 1 November 2019


Australian Centre on China in the World

Building 188
Fellows Lane

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Presented by the Centre for International & Public Law


Part of the Public Law Weekend series

PLW 2019

The conference will bring together legal scholars, computer scientists, government legal advisers and public sector integrity experts to discuss the unique set of challenges automation and AI present to liberal democratic governments, administration and public law.


  • The Honourable Justice Nye Peram »

    Nye Perram was appointed to the Federal Court on 8 August 2008.

    He graduated from the University of Sydney with a Bachelor of Arts and a Bachelor of Laws and from the University of Oxford with a Bachelor of Civil Law. He practised as a barrister in New South Wales from 1993 and was appointed senior counsel in 2006. At the time of his appointment he was a member of the Law and Justice Foundation and the New South Wales Bar Council.

  • Professor Lyria Bennett Moses »

    Lyria is Director of the Allens Hub for Technology, Law and Innovation and a Professor in the Faculty of Law at UNSW Sydney. Lyria's research explores issues around the relationship between technology and law, including the types of legal issues that arise as technology changes, how these issues are addressed in Australia and other jurisdictions, and the problems of treating “technology” as an object of regulation. Lyria has been a Key Researcher and Project Leader on the Data to Decisions CRC, exploring legal and policy issues surrounding the use of data and data analytics for defence, national security and law enforcement. She is a member of the Editorial Board for Technology and Regulation, Law, Technology and Humans, and the Property Law Review. Lyria is also Co-Chair of the Young Leadership Dialogue and Lead of the UNSW Grand Challenge on “Living with 21st Century Technology”

  • Dr Lachlan McCalman »

    Dr McCalman is the Chief Practitioner of Gradient Institute, a non-profit research institute accelerating the development and adoption of ethical AI systems. Lachlan has spent the last decade designing and implementing machine learning (ML) algorithms and software systems for governments and industry. He has led teams of ML researchers, software engineers and domain experts tackling large, interdisciplinary estimation problems requiring robust uncertainty quantification. Through this work, Lachlan has first-hand experience understanding and addressing the ethical challenges posed by AI systems that make consequential decisions

  • Dr Will Bateman »

    Dr Will Bateman is a senior lecturer at the ANU College of Law.

    He previously worked as associate to the hon Justice Stephen Gageler AC of the High Court of Australia, the hon Justice Steven Rares of the Federal Court of Australia and as a solicitor at Herbert Smith Freehills (in litigation and banking).

    Dr Bateman researches, writes and presents on legal issues relating to technology, public administration and public finance. He is currently collaborating with computer scientists developing ethical and lawful AI systems, and working with a variety of government agencies on the legal implications of automation and AI in the public sector. He also writes on constitutional and administrative law in Australia and the UK.

    He holds a PhD and a LLM(hons) from the University of Cambridge, and graduated BA/LLB(hons) from the ANU. His scholarship has been published by Oxford University Press, the Sydney Law Review, the Federal Law Review, the Melbourne University Law Review and the Public Law Review.

  • Associate Professor Julia Powles »

    Julia Powles is Associate Professor of Law and Technology at The University of Western Australia. Scientifically trained and experienced in national and international policy-making, Julia’s research focuses on civic and rights-based responses to emerging technologies. She is an expert in privacy, intellectual property, internet governance, and the law and politics of data, automation, and artificial intelligence. Regularly consulted in these areas by governmental agencies and lawmakers in North America and Europe, Julia is now focused on Asia-Pacific and the Indian Ocean Rim as sites for innovation in tech regulation and governance. She has a particular interest in stimulating health, energy, and bioscience innovation in a way that safeguards the public interest.

  • Professor Terry Carney AO »

    Terry Carney (LLB. (Hons), Dip. Crim. (Melb), PhD. (Mon)) AO, FAAL is Emeritus Professor of Law at the University of Sydney Law School, where he was a long-serving Director of Research and past Head of Department. A Fellow of the Australian Academy of Law, he is a past President (2005-2007) of the International Academy of Law and Mental Health, and chaired Commonwealth bodies such as the National Advisory Council on Social Welfare and of the Board of the Institute of Family Studies, along with various State enquiries on child welfare, adult guardianship and health law.

  • Dr Nóra Ní Loideáin »

    Nóra’s research interests focus on governance, human rights, and technology, particularly in the fields of digital privacy, data protection, and state surveillance. 

    Her forthcoming publications include her PhD from the University of Cambridge on the mass surveillance of citizens’ communications metadata for national security and law enforcement purposes under European human rights law. This is the focus of her forthcoming monograph - EU Data Privacy Law and Serious Crime: Data Retention and Policymaking (Oxford University Press). 

    She is also co-author of the forthcoming textbook: Lynskey & Ní Loideáin, Data Protection Law and Policy (Oxford University Press) and an editor of the leading peer-review journal International Data Privacy Law (Oxford University Press).

  • Daniel Stewart »

    Daniel has extensive expertise in all aspects of administrative law. A senior lecturer at the ANU College of Law, Daniel’s administrative law expertise spans the scope and nature of judicial review, the role, interpretation and drafting of legislation, and the use and disclosure of government information. Daniel teaches as number of advanced and specialised courses on these areas including a postgraduate course on statutory interpretation. His course on information law focuses on secrecy, privacy and access to government information.

    Daniel is the independent Research Monitor for Australia as part of the international Open Government Partnership, reporting on developments relating to access to information in Australian Commonwealth, State and Territory Governments. Daniel has authored leading publications on administrative law and delivered numerous papers on topics including the role of policy in administrative decision-making. His most recent publications include a chapter on ‘Assessing Access to Information in Australia: The impact of freedom of information laws on the scrutiny and operation of the Commonwealth Government’ in recent ANU E-Press monograph, and a chapter examining the role and scrutiny of delegated legislation in a monograph in tribute to Dennis Pearce which he co-edited.

    Daniel is the legal advisor for Bills for the ACT Legislative Assembly Standing Committee on Justice and Community Safety (Legislative Scrutiny Role). He also acts as a consultant to HWL Ebsworth solicitors. He regularly advises and acts for a variety of government departments on matters involving statutory interpretation and merits and judicial review. He conducts various seminars, workshops and training courses addressing legal issues in regulatory design and compliance, decision-making and statements of reasons, statutory interpretation, FOI and Privacy and merits and judicial review.

  • Kate Miller »

    Katie Miller is a lawyer and public servant exploring how innovation and technology are changing legal practice and public service. Katie is currently a Deputy Commissioner of the Independent Broad-based Anti-corruption Commission and is undertaking a PhD under the supervision of Professor Matthew Groves on whether administrative law is fit for the technology age. Katie is a Law Institute of Victoria Accredited Specialist in Administrative Law, and an occasional guest host of ABC 774’s Writs and Cures.

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