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Join the Allens Hub for the Australian Cyber Law Map Launch

Start Date
2:00 pm - 2:45 pm
Online Event

One major challenge facing lawyers trying to engage with cyberlaw is a lack of understanding about what law already exists in Australia. An example of this ignorance is the map created by Bundesverband der Deutschen Industrie (BDI) and Deloitte showing that Australia has “no dedicated cyber security law”. The misunderstanding arises because, while Australia has no piece of legislation dedicated solely to cyber security, it has a range of laws with similar effect that operate in areas such as critical infrastructure protection, criminal law, telecommunications regulation, privacy, and consumer law.

Please join us for the launch of the inaugural cyber law map in Australia. After a brief introduction outlining the motivation and need for this project, we will demonstrate how to access, and contribute to, the map itself. 

This event is co-hosted by UNSW, the Allens Hub for Technology, Law & Innovation and The University of Melbourne through the Centre for AI and Digital Ethics. With kind support from: 

  • Cyber Security Cooperative Research Centre
  • IEEE SSIT Society on Social Implications of Technology
  • Sec Edu 
  • Australian Society for Computers and the Law



Professor Lyria Bennett Moses

Lyria is Director of the Allens Hub for Technology, Law and Innovation and a Professor in the Faculty of Law and Justice at UNSW Sydney. She is also co-lead of the Law and Policy theme in the Cyber Security Cooperative Research Centre. 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. Recently, she has been working on legal and policy issues associated with the use of artificial intelligence the appropriate legal framework for enhancing cyber security, and oversight for law enforcement intelligence She is on the NSW Information and Privacy Advisory Committee, the Executive Committee of the Australian Chapter of the IEEE’s Society for the Social Implications of Technology, and is a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Law.


EJ Wise, Principal at WiseLaw in Melbourne and:

  • Adjunct Professor, Faculty of Science, Engineering and Built Environment, Deakin University
  • Sessional Academic, Thomas More Law School, ACU
  • Founding Chair, Australasian Cyber Security Institute
  • Founding Director, National Institute of Strategic Resilience
  • Member Law Institute of Victoria Technology & Innovation Section
  • Member Law Institute of Victoria IPIT Committee
  • Member Belgium Avenue Neighbourhood House Executive Committee

EJ has 27 years legal experience in Australian Federal and State Governments as well as in private practice and academia, specialising in cyber law, policy, strategy, governance, international law, administrative & criminal law and is an internationally recognized cyber law expert.

During her 21 years of service in uniform as a Legal Officer with the Royal Australian Air Force EJ volunteered at the Townsville Community Legal Centre and in several offices of the International Humanitarian Law Committee of the ICRC. Her service in the RAAF included deployment twice into armed conflict in the Middle East, the RAAF’s cyber and information operations squadron, and on exchange with the United States Air Force’s JAG Corps in the Pentagon.

EJ has assisted in drafting laws and relevant texts and manuals in Australian, International and US jurisdictions. She has assisted in law enforcement as well as cyber operations. EJ has strong community values and gives her time to community and not for profit organisations as her contribution to a fairer, more inclusive and equitable society for everyone.


Rhys Ryan

Rhys Ryan (LLB (Hons) BIR BFA (Dance) GradDipLegPrac) is a sessional academic in law at La Trobe University and the University of New England where he teaches a broad crosssection of criminal and civil law subjects. He has previously worked as a corporate lawyer for King & Wood Mallesons and in public interest law with Justice Connect, the Human Rights Law Centre and as a volunteer for Fitzroy Legal Service. Rhys is currently a research assistant to Dr Kobi Leins at the Centre for Artificial Intelligence and Digital Ethics at the University of Melbourne, where he is helping create a digital map of Australian laws affecting cyber security and resilience. Rhys is also a practising artist in Melbourne’s independent dance scene and writes for Limelight, Dance Australia and Dance International.


Kobi Leins, Senior Research Fellow in Digital Ethics

Kobi Leins is a Senior Research Fellow in Digital Ethics in the School of Engineering and a Non-Resident Fellow of the United Nations Institute for Disarmament Research.

Leins is currently conducting research on the existing laws relating to cyber in Australia. One major challenge is a lack of understanding about what law already exists in Australia.

In her pre-academic life, Leins managed programs and teams in the areas of administrative law & justice, humanitarian law, human rights law, and disarmament with the United Nations and the International Committee of the Red Cross. In 2006, Leins worked with the International Service for Human Rights in New York to advocate for the adoption of the Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, after which she worked for the United Nations Secretariat. In 2005, she liaised with States, scientists and stakeholders to raise awareness of, and compliance with, the Biological Weapons and Chemical Weapons Conventions. In 2004, Leins worked as a Legal Officer at the United Nations Compensation Commission in Geneva under the auspices of a Security Council Resolution analysing and presenting claims for environmental damage following Iraq’s invasion of Kuwait in 1991, having escaped commercial law to do so. Leins also prepared a matrix for review of domestic compliance with the Chemical Weapons Convention, which many States adopted. Leins has submitted her PhD with the University of Melbourne on whether the use of nanotechnology enhanced or based weapons is prohibited or limited in an armed conflict.


Professor Graham Greenleaf

Graham Greenleaf AM is Professor of Law and Information Systems at UNSW Sydney. He is a Co-founder of AustLII, involved in free access to legal information since 1995, and in development of AI applications to law for a decade before that (and now, once again). His most recent books are on Asian Data Privacy Laws, and on Copyright’s Public Domains.