La Trobe LawTech is a research and consulting network that creates opportunities to explore the multifaceted issues that arise when law, technology and innovation meet. With advancements in technology occurring at unparalleled rates, there is an ever-increasing need to understand and explore how law and technology intersect.

Professor Pompeu Casanovas

Professor Pompeu Casanovas is a Professor and Research Fellow at the La Trobe Law School. He is also affiliated with the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona (UAB), where he was Director of the Institute of Law and Technology and Professor of the Philosophy and Sociology of Law at the UAB Law School.

Pompeu has twenty years of experience in conducting research on legal sociology, pragmatics and AI and law, including as principal investigator on over 50 national, European, and international projects.  He has worked extensively at security programmes with several EU Governments and Polices (including Guardia Civil, Catalan Mossos d’Esquadra, the Home   Office, Fraunhofer, and the Israeli Police –Technion).  At present, he is serving as a member of the Steering Committee of JURIX, the EU Foundation for Legal Knowledge and Information Systems (Amsterdam), and as a member of the Governing Board of the Erasmus Mundus Doctorate in Law, Science and Technology (Bologna). He is scientific co-editor of Law, Governance and Technology Series and of the Journal of Open Access to Law (University of Cornell).  He has published over 10 books and more than 200 articles in the areas of legal philosophy, legal sociology, intellectual history, and artificial intelligence and the law.

Professor Jianfu Chen

Professor Jianfu Chen is a Professor at the La Trobe Law School. He is a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Law (FAAL), as well as the Australian Academy of the Humanities (FAHA). He was previously Deputy Head of Law School (2006-2008) and Head of Law School (2008-2010, inclusive). Professor Chen is also an arbitrator of the China International Economic and Trade Arbitration Commission (CIETAC).

Professor Chen specialises in international and comparative law, international business and trade law, human rights law, globalisation and law, and Chinese law. He also researches the impact of technologies on society and the regulation of technologies in different jurisdictions. His work in English, Chinese and French translation, appears in academic and professional forums nationally and internationally. Some of his works have been collected in Collection of Major Works.

Professor Chen has been a Chief Investigator in two multi-institutional ARC Discovery Projects and a Project Coordinator/Principal Researcher/Lead Investigator in several international research projects funded by governments and funding authorities in Europe and Asia.

Professor Patrick Keyzer

Professor Patrick Keyzer is Chair of Law and Public Policy at La Trobe University, and Head of La Trobe Law School.

As a public law specialist, Patrick’s recent work has analysed the impact of social media on the relationship between the courts and the law, and the public law implications of artificial intelligence and the law.

Patrick's scholarship is diverse. He has written or co-written seven books, edited or co-edited 21 books, and written or co-written over fifty refereed journal articles and book chapters on a variety of topics. The Endeavour Foundation has recently published the second edition of his co-written guide to the National Disability Insurance Scheme, Discover. Patrick's recent research has examined the removal of offenders from Australia, the indefinite detention of indigenous people with cognitive impairment (he recently co-edited and co-coordinated a submission to a Senate Inquiry on this topic), access to constitutional and international justice, and a number of smaller projects examining risk management in a variety of contexts.

Professor Louis de Koker

Professor Louis de Koker is a Professor and Research Fellow at the La Trobe Law School. He is the Programme Lead: Law and Policy of  the Data To Decisions Cooperative Research Centre (D2D CRC).

Louis has a continuing stream of work on biometric identification and FinTech in developing countries, often with the support of the World Bank and other intergovernmental donor agencies. A corporate and commercial lawyer with twenty five years’ experience in Africa and Australia, his research and writing focuses on cyber challenges to financial regulation and supervision, cyber opportunities to support financial regulation and supervision (RegTech and SupTech), digital financial services and digital identity.

He has been in engaged in money laundering and terrorist financing risk assessment and risk mitigation for more than two decades, both at national and institutional levels. His research in this regard has been cited in global guidance and best practice papers issued by the intergovernmental standard-setter for money laundering and terrorist financing, the Financial Action Task Force.

Dr Andre Oboler

Dr Andre Oboler is a Senior Lecturer in the La Trobe Law School and the founder of the Online Hate Prevention Institute. He serves as an expert on the Australian Government’s delegation to the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance (IHRA), on the IEEE’s Global Public Policy Committee and as the Global Chair of the IEEE Computer Society’s Geographic Activities Committee. He has a doctorate in computer science and a JD in law.

Andre is recognised as a leading international expert in online hate and has a long track record of research and writing covering topics such as antisemitism, cyber-racism, misogyny, homophobia, religious vilification and cyber-bullying. His research focuses on the domestic and international regulation of online content through technology, policy and law and enabling evidence-based approaches through new mechanisms for empirical analysis and reporting of social media data.

Dr Sara M. Smyth

Dr Sara M. Smyth is an Associate Professor at La Trobe Law School where she is the Director of the Master of Laws (LLM) program and the Coordinator for the Masters of Cyber-Security Program (Law). Sara has consulted extensively to Public Safety Canada and written several books, including Cybercrime in Canadian Criminal Law (Second Edition, 2015). Her most recent book, Drone Controversies – Ethical and Legal Debates Surrounding Targeted Strikes and Electronic Surveillance, was published in December 2016.

Sara has a long and distinguished history as a cyber-law expert. From 2009 until 2012, she was an Assistant Professor in the School of Criminology at Simon Fraser University where she taught cybercrime courses and was the Associate Director for the International Cybercrime Research Centre. She received a PhD from Osgoode Hall Law School, York University (2008); an LL.M. from the University of Toronto (2005); and a J.D. from the University of Victoria, Canada (2001).

Ms Mira Stammers

Mira Stammers is a lawyer, entrepreneur and author. Mira is also a Lecturer in Law at La Trobe Law School.

A pioneer in legal innovation, Mira is most commonly known for being the founder of the website Legally Yours, one of the first online legal marketplaces in the world. She writes regularly for legal and business publications, and recently launched her book The Modern Lawyer. Mira has been named in the ‘30 people to watch in the business of law in 2017’, and has been a finalist in the Women in Law Awards: Thought Leader of the Year category. She is also a Startup Leadership Program fellow, and was a mentor for the Mills Oakley Legal Start-up Accelerator program in 2017. Her research considers how intelligent decision making, machine learning and autonomous platforms can undertake tasks to reduce workload, provide operational flexibility and reduce the justice gap relating to access to legal services and advice.

Professor Anne Wallace

Professor Anne Wallace is a Professor and Associate Head of La Trobe Law School. Anne researches in the areas of judicial and court administration. She has specialised in the study of the impact of information and communications technology on justice processes, as well as exploring aspects of court management and the interactions between courts and their users, in relation to issues of privacy and court safety. Her current areas of research include the impact of social media and mobile technologies on court operations and proceedings.

Anne researches in the areas of judicial and court administration. She has specialised in the study of the impact of information and communications technology on justice processes, as well as exploring aspects of court management and the interactions between courts and their users, in relation to issues of privacy and court safety. Her current areas of research include the impact of social media and mobile technologies on court operations and proceedings.

Professor David Watts

Professor David Watts is Adjunct Professor at the La Trobe Law School. He is the Big Data lead of the UN Special Rapporteur on Privacy and is a member of the data privacy advisory group of UN’s Global Pulse. He is the former Privacy and Data Protection Commissioner for the State of Victoria, and has been the only information security regulator in Australia for over a decade.

David has over thirty years’ experience as a public and private sector lawyer and information policy expert. David is an expert in ‘eLegal’ matters, including privacy, confidentiality, data protection, the consequences of data breaches, security law and policy, the development of standards, and what multi-disciplinary approaches to information security work. David also examined the use of advanced analytics in addressing security risks and the development of assurance, audit and security risk information sharing systems.

David is a Professor of Practice.

We aim to foster discussion and collaboration between academics, industry, government and practitioners in the production of world-class research and education.

Specialty areas

The intersection of law and technology is remarkably diverse, creating a broad section of specialty areas of interest.  Our team’s expertise is extensive and includes the following specialty areas:

  • Big Data
  • Artificial Intelligence
  • FinTech
  • National Security
  • Disruptive technologies
  • Compliance by design
  • Compliance through design
  • Information security
  • Information governance
  • Cyber-resilience
  • Cyber warfare
  • Ethics
  • Disruptive technology
  • Privacy
  • Public policy
  • Regulation of the web of (linked) data
  • NewLaw and innovative business models
  • Access to justice
  • Innovation and regulation, and the impact on legal rights
  • Legal institutions and models
  • Hate speech
  • Social media