Dr Elizabeth Kirley



Senior Lecturer


Faculty of Business and Law


BL Law


Geelong Waterfront Campus


+61 3 522 78003


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.

Professor Kirley has presented her research at various universities including the American Graduate School of Paris, l'ecole des hautes etudes commerciales de Paris, Science-Po (Paris), the University of Toronto Munk School of Global Affairs, the Quello Centre of Telecommunication Management and Law at Michigan State University and the University of Limerick Faculty of Law. She has served on the editorial team of TOPIA: The Canadian Journal of Cultural Studies. Prior to Law, Dr. Kirley worked as a journalist for the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, Canada's public radio and television network.


Elizabeth Kirley, Can Digital Speech Loosen the Gordian Knot of Reputation Law? 32 Santa Clara High Technology law Journal (2016)

Elizabeth Kirley, The Robot as Cub Reporter: Law's Unsettled Role in Cognitive Journalism, European journal of Law and Technology 7:3 (2016)

Eric Ouellet and Elizabeth Kirley, Case Study of Police and Health Care Collaboration with Military Personnel for National Security Emergencies, Centre for Security Science, DRDC CSS CR 2012-034; Defence R&D Canada – CSS; (December 2012) 

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The emoji factor: humanizing the emerging law of digital speech

M McMahon, Elizabeth Kirley

(2018), Vol. 85, pp. 517-570, Tennessee law review, Knoxville, Tenn., C1


Can digital speech loosen the Gordian knot of reputation law?

E Kirley

(2016), Vol. 32, pp. 171-219, Santa Clara computer and high technology law journal, Santa Clara, Calif., C1-1


The robot as cub reporter: law's emerging role in cognitive journalism

E Kirley

(2016), Vol. 7, pp. 1-40, European journal of law and technology, Belfast, Northern Ireland, C1


Are we ethically bound to use student engagement technologies for teaching law?

E Kirley

(2015), Vol. 49, pp. 219-241, Law teacher, Abingdon, Eng., C1-1


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