Professor of Law, Monash University

Moira Paterson works as a Professor in the Monash Law Faculty and is the author of a number of international and national publications on the subjects of freedom of information, privacy and data protection. Her most recent book, "Freedom of Information and Privacy in Australia: Information Access 2.0", was published by LexisNexis Australia in 2015. It provides a comprehensive analysis of the three main statutory regimes which regulate access to public sector information in Australia and offers critical perspectives on their operation, having regard to underlying objectives and the broader context in which they operate. It also highlights ways these legal regimes need to change to better achieve their objectives.

Moira’s current research focusses on public interest dimension of freedom of information laws and on the policy implications of surveillance technologies which undermine privacy in public places.

A number of Moira’s papers are available to download from SSRN and Researchgate. See and


  • –present
    Professor of Law, Monash University


  • 2006 
    Monash University, PHD