Menzies Cyber Law Series #1: Future Humans

Date & time
5.30–7pm Thursday 22 April 2021

Via Zoom

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Menzies Cyber Law Series #1: Future Humans

This online event is the first in the 2021 Menzies Cyber Law Series.

It will feature three prominent speakers on human/machine intelligence, global health law, cyber warfare, and the future of humanity:

  • Associate Professor Will Bateman, ANU College of Law
  • Dr Sarah Steele, Cambridge University and ANU College of Law
  • Dr William Boothby, ANU College of Law


  • Associate Professor Will Bateman »

    Dr Bateman leads multi-jurisdictional projects on the legal regulation of public and private finance, with a special focus on central banking, sovereign debt markets, national budget formulation and sustainable investing. His recent engagements with central banks and financial regulators include:

    • Federal Reserve Bank of New York, 'Legal Aspects of Central Bank Money Creation' (2020)
    • Bank of England, 'Quantitative Easing, Reserve Creation and Digital Currency' (2020)

    Dr Bateman also leads research projects on the regulation of artificial intelligence, and is currently spearheading a major project on the formulation of model legal frameworks to govern artificial intelligence in the public sector. He also collaborates with computer science experts in designing ethical and lawful algorithmic decision systems. His law/tech collaboration partners include Minderoo Foundation (global philanthropic organisation), Gradient Institute (ethical AI research institute),and Humanising Machine Intelligence (ANU Grand Challenge Project).

  • Dr Sarah Steele »

    Sarah Steele is the Deputy Director of the Intellectual Forum at Jesus. She is also a Senior Research Associate, focusing on themes and problems of interest to communities across the world at the interface of public health and law, and a Senior Research Associate at the Clinical School in Public Health.

    Sarah’s academic interests include human trafficking, migration and health, public health law, public health criminology, social media and professionalism.

  • Dr William Boothby »

    Air Commodore Bill Boothby (Retd) served for 30 years in the Royal Air Force Legal Branch, retiring as Deputy Director of Legal Services in July 2011.

    In 2009 he took a Doctorate at the Europa Universität Viadrina, Frankfurt (Oder) in Germany and published ‘Weapons and the Law of Armed Conflict’ through OUP (now in its 2nd Edition) in the same year. His second book, ‘The Law of Targeting’, appeared with the same publisher in 2012. He has been a member of Groups of Experts that addressed Direct Participation in Hostilities and that produced the HPCR Manual of the Law of Air and Missile Warfare, the 2013 Tallinn Manual on the Law of Cyber Warfare and the Leuven Manual on Peace Operations Law. His third book, addressing Conflict Law, was published in 2014. In March 2018, with Prof Wolff Heintschel von Heinegg, he published with CUP a Detailed Commentary on the US Department of Defense Law of War Manual and his edited volume on New Technologies and the Law in War and Peace was published by CUP in December 2018.

    He teaches at the Australian National University, at the University of Southern Denmark and at the Geneva Centre for Security Policy.

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