Dr Philippa Ryan

Senior Lecturer
BA, LLB(Hons), Master Ed, PhD(Law)
+61 2 61258351
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Biography

Philippa (Pip) Ryan is a barrister and a senior lecturer in the College of Law at ANU, where she is the Director of the ANU LLM program. She is a member of the Treasury Audit Committee and in her role on the Standards Australia blockchain technical committee, she is the lead author of the international standards for smart contracts. Pip is a non-executive director on the board of Australian law firm, Lander & Rogers and she is on the editorial board of Stanford's Journal of Blockchain Law and Policy.

Pip’s current research explores the automation of trust, the accountability of algorithms, and the creeping tendency of regulators in developed economies to blame professionals, service providers and financial institutions for the sins of their employees, customers and strangers. In 2018, she was the first Australian recipient of the American Bar Association’s Legal Rebel Award. Pip co-authored Van Rijmenam and Ryan, Blockchain: Transforming Your Business and Our World (Routledge 2019). Her most recent title is Trust and Distrust in Digital Economies (Routledge 2020).

Appointments

  • Member, Treasury Audit Committee
  • Non-executive director, Lander & Rogers
  • Non-executive director, WAM Capital
  • Chair, Standards Australia Blockchain Technical Committee Smart Contracts Working Group
  • Editorial Board of the Stanford Journal of Blockchain Law & Policy
  • Academic Advisor, ANU Journal of Law and Technology

Significant research publications

  • PA Ryan, Trust and Distrust in Digital Economies (Routledge, 2020)

  • M Van Rijmenam and PA Ryan, Blockchain: Transforming Your Business and Our World (Routledge, 2019)

  • PA Ryan, ‘Exploring the Use of Artificial Intelligence to Improve Law Students’ Self- Assessments’ in The Future of Australian Legal Education (ThomsonReuters, 2018)

  • PA Ryan, ‘Smart Contract Relations in eCommerce ' (2017) 7.10 Technology Innovation Management Review 10

  • PA Ryan, 'Examining breaches of fiduciary duty by solicitors in commercial arrangements' (2016) 31 Australian Journal of Corporate Law 209

Recent news

14
Mar
2020
ANU student Javier Cross presents his case in an e-mooting competition
Does the world’s first international e-mooting competition, recently won by ANU students, offer a glimpse of the future of legal education?
08
Mar
2020
Dr Philippa Ryan
Meet Inspiring Woman of ANU Law, Dr Philippa Ryan.
23
Oct
2019
Robo-debt offers lessons for closing AI gaps
Presented by the ANU Centre for International and Public Law, “Technology, public law and public administration” is a conference that brings together more than a dozen law technology experts.
05
Aug
2019
2019 Hackathon
A team of ANU College of Law students has won the 2019 Innovate Law hackathon by designing a digital registry of legal technologies designed exclusively for the legal profession.

Past events

10
Mar
2020
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12.30PM to 1.30PM Careers seminar

Join Dermot Ryan SC and Dr Pip Ryan at this lunchtime career seminar that discusses useful information and tips into becoming a barrister.

05
Mar
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28
May
2020
MasterMind
5.00PM to 6.00PM Current students

If you are a student enrolled in the Master of Laws or Master of International Law and Diplomacy, join Dr Pip Ryan, LLM Director, for virtual afternoon tea, held weekly via Zoom. Grab a coffee and a TimTam, put on your headset, and Zoom in for an hour of social scholarship. 

07
Nov
2019
Law and Technology
6.00PM to 7.00PM Meeting

The Australian Legal Technology Education Network (ALTEN) will host its inaugural meeting on Thursday 7 November. 

16
Oct
2019
Blockchain and cryptocurrency: Opportunities and challenges in the age of digital disruption
6.00PM to 8.00PM Panel discussion

Join a panel of leading interdisciplinary experts from business, law and technology as they explore the opportunities and challenges of blockchain technology and digital currencies for industry, investors, regulators and policy makers.

Please note, only a small selection of recent publications and activities are listed below.

Research biography

Dr Ryan's research explores the intersection of private law and technology. Her particular focus is on breach of trust, breach of fiduciary duty and accountability in developed economies, including the liability of third parties, professional advisors and banks. Dr Ryan, doctoral thesis re-classified the liability of third parties for breach of trust or breach of fiduciary duty. She has also conducted empirical studies to explore the use of artificial intelligence and natural language processing to improve student self-assessments. She has developed an online course that teaches law students and legal professionals how to develop legal apps.

Research projects & collaborations

  • A Lane and PA Ryan, Regulation of Legal Systems in the Digital Age (Routledge, 2021)

  • PA Ryan, ‘Third party liability for the misuse of personal data and digital assets’ in [Title tbc - a collaboration between the ANU College of Law and Singapore Management University Law School] (Edward Elgar, 2021)

  • PA Ryan, ‘Accountability of algorithms in Trusts and Modern Wealth Management’ in [Title tbc - based on a selection of papers presented at Singapore National University's 2019 Trusts and Modern Wealth Management conference] (Cambridge University Press, 2021)

  • With Neota Logic, developing law school and CPD courses to teach legal apps development online

  • Co-researcher in a grant application led by the Office of the Deputy Vice Chancellor, Research and Innovation at the Australian National University: legal risks associated with the use of new technologies to detect and extinguish bushfires started by lightning strike. 

  • In collaboration with the University of Technology Sydney Connected Intelligence Centre, Law Essay Self Assessment (LESA) Project (ETH16-0285) - exploring the use of AI and Natural Language Processing to provide law students with a discourse analysis app that will improve their capacity to self-assess the qualilty of their law essays.

Grants

  • Led by Dr James Prest, (2019) Renewable Gas Industry Engagement Research Grant ($25,000) - Exploring the use of new technologies (blockchains and smart contracts) to automate trust and support decentralisation and democratisation of resources and infrastructure projects for social and environmental good.

Books & edited collections

  • PA Ryan, Trust and Distrust in Digital Economies (Routledge, 2020)
  • M Van Rijmenam and PA Ryan, Blockchain: Transforming Your Business and Our World (Routledge, 2019)

Book chapters

  • PA Ryan, ‘Exploring the Use of Artificial Intelligence to Improve Law Students’ Self- Assessments’ in The Future of Australian Legal Education (ThomsonReuters, 2018)

Refereed journal articles

  • J Horner and P Ryan, ‘Blockchain standards and sustainable development’ (2019) 7.3 Journal of ICT Standardisation 225
  • PA Ryan, ‘Smart Contract Relations in eCommerce' (2017) 7.10 Technology Innovation Management Review 10
  • PA Ryan, ‘Examining breaches of fiduciary duty by solicitors in commercial arrangements’ (2016) 31 Australian Journal of Corporate Law 209
  • PA Ryan, 'Teaching collaborative problem-solving skills to law students' (2016) 51.2 The Law Teacher 138
  • PA Ryan & M Evers, 'As barristers embrace technology, it is a brave new world for their clerks' (2016) 42 Australian Bar Review 350
  • M Evers & PA Ryan 'Exploring e-Court innovations in New South Wales Civil Courts' (2016) 5.1 Journal of Civil Litigation and Practice 65

Conference papers & presentations

  • April 2019 - Presented, Harvard Law School's Inaugural Technology Law Festival
  • August 2018 - Facilitator, Blockchain Workshop, Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC), Canberra
  • July 2018 - Facilitator, Blockchain Workshop, Ernst & Young, Sydney
  • May 2018 - Facilitator, Blockchain Workshop, Australian Financial Security Authority (AFSA), Sydney – with Dr Mark Staples (Data61)
  • 2017 - A Shibani, M Xavier, Knight, S Buckingham Shum, P Ryan, ‘Design and Implementation of a Pedagogic Intervention Using Writing Analytics’ (2017) 25th International Conference on Computers in Education, New Zealand
  • 2016 - Buckingham Shum, S, Knight, S, Gibson, AP, Ryan, P & Aitken, A 2016, 'Writing Analytics to Improve Formative Feedback'.
  • 2016 - Gibson, A, Knight, S, Aitken, A, Buckingham Shum, S, Ryan, P, Jarvis, W, Nikolova, N, Tsingos-Lucas, C, Parr, A, White, A & Sutton, N, 'Using Writing Analytics For Formative Feedback'.
  • 2016 - Gibson, A, Knight, S, Aitken, A, Buckingham Shum, S, Ryan, P, Jarvis, W, Nikolova, N, Tsingos-Lucas, C, Parr, A, White, A, Sutton, N & Tsingos-Lucas, C, 'Using Writing Analytics For Formative Feedback'.

Committees

  • Member, Treasury Audit Committee
  • Chair, Standards Australia Blockchain Technical Committee (Smart Contracts Working Group)
  • Editorial Board, Stanford Journal of Blockchain Law & Policy
  • Academic Advisor, NU Journal of Law & Technology

Case notes & book reviews

  • PA Ryan, review in Law Society of NSW Journal of 'N McWilliam, Court-Referred Alternative Dispute Resolution: Perceptions of Members of the Judiciary' (2018) 42 LSJ  90

Other

  • Guest Editor – Special Issue: Blockchain Standards (2019) 7.3 Journal of ICT Standardisation

Radio and The Conversation

International Standards Organisation - Blockchain Technical Committee

  • Nov 2019 - Australia's Head of Delegation, ISO TC-307 Blockchain Technical Committee 6th International Plenary, Hyderabad
  • May 2019 - Australia's Head of Delegation, ISO TC-307 Blockchain Technical Committee 5th International Plenary, Dublin
  • Sep 2018 - Addressed the United Nations Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights, 64th Session, Geneva (to provide an outlines as to how blockchain technology might help address the UN’s Sustainable Development Goal 13: Climate Action)
  • Sep 2018 - Presented to the International Standards Organisation (ISO) General Assembly, Geneva (to provide a Progress Report on the work of the ISO Blockchain Technical Committee)
  • May 2018 - Delegate and presenter, ISO TC-307 Blockchain Technical Committee 3rd International Plenary, London
  • Nov 2017 - Australia's Head of Delegation, ISO TC-307 Blockchain Technical Committee 2nd International Plenary, Tokyo
  • Sep 2017 - Australian Delegate to AUSTRADE's Blockchain mission to Shanghai
  • March 2017 - Delegate, ISO TC-307 Blockchain Technical Committee 1st International Plenary, Sydney

PhD supervision

Current
J Hogan, Artificial Intelligence and the Law (University of Technology Sydney), with Prof David Lindsay (main supervisor)

Honours thesis supervision

Australian National University

  • 2020 A Vos, The role of administrative law in data protection
  • 2019 - X Shi, Do core developers owe fiduciary duty to users of blockchain platforms 

  • 2019 - E Suliman, An examination of noncompliance by Australian Banking Institution of the breach reporting obligations under the Corporations Act (Cth) 

University of Technology Sydney

  • 2018 - Z McLoughlin, The Other Side of the Coin: Assessing the Fiduciary Liability of Custodial Cryptocurrency Intermediaries
  • 2018 - K Hart, Directors need to take into account climate change risks to avoid liability for breach of directors’ duties arising from a failure to become informed about, consider or disclose risks to the company caused by climate change
  • 2017 - J Ng, Publicness by name or number: How equity crowdfunding is challenging corporate law
  • 2017 - J Thompson, Fiduciary duties: a modern day dichotomy
  • 2017 - L Bernhardt, Exploring the use of blockchain technology as a source of truth in commercial litigation
  • 2017 - C Yong, The value of blockchain-based smart contracts in contemporary litigation
  • 2016 - Z Elliott, The duty of the state: fiduciary protections for refugees and asylum seekers
  • 2016 - O Newling, Innovation versus governance: where to from here for the blockchain?
  • 2015 - C Lam, Barnes v Addy and the Complications Surrounding Knowing Assistance: A Comparative Analysis of the Australian and United Kingdom Approaches
  • 2015 - R Zanetic, “Dishonest and fraudulent design” as articulated in Hasler v Singtel Optus (2014): a recent insight
  • 2014 - J Ly,  The Legal Practitioner at Mediation: A Tale of Interprofessionalism and Psychology
  • 2014 - A Yang, The Role of the Apology in Mediation

 

  

Current courses

Year Course code Course name
2020 LAWS2244
Class #2226
Litigation and Dispute Management
2020 LAWS6244
Class #4157
Litigation and Dispute Management
2020 LAWS6244
Class #2916
Litigation and Dispute Management
2020 LAWS8408
Class #9637
Legal App Development

Previous courses

Year Course code Course name
2019 LAWS4245
Class #9567
Information Technology Law

Philosophy & approach

It is my belief that good quality higher education teaching provides different types of learning experiences with opportunities for timely constructive feedback and formative assessment.

Past courses

  • Equity & Trusts (ANU College of Law)
  • Litigation and Dispute Management (ANU College of Law)
  • Equity & Trusts (UTS Faculty of Law)
  • Civil Practice (UTS Faculty of Law)
  • Commercial Equity (UTS Faculty of Law)
  • Disruptive Technologies and the Law (UTS Faculty of Law)
  • Technology Law Policy and Ethics (UTS Faculty of Law)
  • Master of Data Science and Innovation (UTS)
  • Equity (Sydney Law School)

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