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Elizabeth Kirley

Senior Lecturer, Deakin University

Elizabeth Kirley is Senior Lecturer and Chair of Law and Technology at Deakin's Faculty of Business and Law. She holds a BA (English Literature) and BEd, as well as a JD (Western Ontario), LLM (Osgoode) and PhD (Osgoode). She is called to the Ontario bar and has served as barrister and solicitor in Canada since 1991 specializing in criminal law as Assistant Crown Attorney, Ministry of the Attorney General for Ontario and as criminal defence counsel; she has also served as Representative of the Office of the Children's Lawyer in Toronto for access and adoption cases. From 2008 to 2011 she participated in a multi-agency research project for Canada's Department of National Defence examining collaboration potential among military, police and health care professionals within the context of transnational security emergencies. Professor Kirley's research focuses on technology law and cybercrime as they engage issues of privacy, security, reputation, robotics, machine intelligence, defamation, transnational human rights, EU and US legal and political institutions and free speech. She has received numerous distinctions for her work, including a Canada/France Foreign Government Award, European Union Centre of Excellence Award, a research fellowship at Science Po University in Paris, participation in the Oxford Internet Institute Summer Doctoral program, the Osnabruck University Law & Culture Award, two Nathanson Centre fellowships at Osgood Hall Law School in Toronto and attendance at the Association of Transnational Law Schools Agora at the London School of Economics. Her accreditations include Human Rights and Migration Certification from the European University Institute, Florence and Digital Communication strategies from the University of Toronto.


  • 2011–present
    Senior lecturer, Deakin University