Dr Elizabeth Kirley



Senior Lecturer


Faculty of Business and Law


BL Law


Geelong Waterfront Campus


+61 3 522 78003


Dr Elizabeth Kirley is a Senior Lecturer in Deakin Law School. Elizabeth holds a Bachelor of Arts in English Literature and Bachelor of Education, as well as a Juris Doctor from the University of Western Ontario, a Master of Laws and a PhD from Osgoode Hall Law School at York University in Canada. 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. Elizabeth 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. 

Elizabeth’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.

Elizabeth 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.

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Research interests

  • Technology Law
  • Cybercrime

Professional activities


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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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