Elizabeth Kirley

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BA, BEd (Windsor), JD (Western), LLM (Osgoode), PhD (Osgoode)

Dr. Elizabeth Kirley is currently on leave from Deakin University in Melbourne Australia where she serves as Chair of Law, Science and Technology and Seniour Lecturer in the Faculty of Business and Law. She is called to the Ontario bar and has served as Assistant Crown Attorney, Criminal defence counsel and representative of the Office of the Children’s Lawyer for the Ontario Ministry of the Attorney General. While completing her doctorate, Dr. Kirley was appointed to a 3-year, multi-agency research project for Canada’s Department of National Defence to examine potential collaboration among police, military, and healthcare professionals in response to operational and strategic challenges raised by the 2003 SARS pandemic in Toronto. That experience led to a Visiting Researcher position on scholarship at Sciences-Po University in Paris to study police tactical response to the G20 protests in Paris and Cannes in 2012-13. Dr. Kirley is currently working on a book project titled The Next Pandemic: The Law And Technology of Global Health Crises. Her more recent research focuses on technology law, cybercrime, and the emerging law of artificial intelligence and cognitive robotics as they engage issues of national security, data retention, transnational human rights, reputational privacy in the European Union and the United States, and evidentiary challenges raised by the emerging law of digital speech. Dr Kirley has published in such peer reviewed journals as the Santa Clara High Technology Law Journal, the European Journal of Law and Technology, The Law Teacher: International Journal of the Association of Law Teachers, and (forthcoming in 2018) the Tennessee Law Review.

Dr. Kirley has received various distinctions for her work, including a Canada/France Foreign Government Award, European Union Centre of Excellence Award, the Oxford Internet Institute Summer Doctoral Program, the Osnabruck University Law & Culture Award, two Nathanson Centre Fellowships, 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 in Florence, Italy.

Dr. Kirley has taught, conducted research, and presented her work at different universities including the American Graduate School of Paris, l’ École des hautes études commerciales de Paris, Sciences-Po (Paris), the University of Toronto Munk School of Global Affairs, the International University Seminar in Chicago, the Quello School of Communications at Michigan State University, and the University of Limerick Faculty of Law, Ireland. Her life before law involved broadcast journalism for the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation.