Law and New Technologies International Conference on Big Data and National Security 2019

The Conference is organised by the Law and Policy Programme of the Data to Decisions Cooperative Research Centre (D2D CRC), a program involving Deakin Law School, Deakin University; La Trobe Law School, La Trobe University; and UNSW Law, University of New South Wales.

The Conference will be a forum for analysing current opportunities and challenges relating to the use of data technologies to address Australian national security and law enforcement objectives. It will also focus on regulation of these technologies. The conference will bring together jurists, legal practitioners, data science and IT specialists, software engineers, policy-makers, national security and law enforcement experts. It is structured to enable invited experts from various disciplines to present current research and to facilitate multi-disciplinary discussion between researchers, practitioners, and lawyers. Participation will provide you with the unique opportunity to deepen your insights about the implications of new data technologies for national security and law enforcement use globally and to discuss appropriate policy and legal responses to the benefits and risks their application holds in this context.


Registration is now open and to receive the discounted Early Bird rate you must register online by 22 February 2019. For further information on registration entitlements, program and accommodation please visit the Conference website:


The Organising Committee are pleased to announce the release of the preliminary program featuring an exceptional group of leading national and international speakers and keynote speakers, including the following:

  • Professor Lyria Bennett Moses (Australia) Professor of Law, Director of the Allens Hub for Technology, Law and Innovation, UNSW Law
  • Shannon Callaghan (Australia) Manager, Policy and Information Sharing, National Criminal Intelligence System (NCIS) Program
  • Professor Pompeu Casanovas (Australia) Research Professor, La Trobe Law School; Former Founding Director, Institute of Law and Technology, Autonomous University of Barcelona
  • Dr Brenton Cooper (Australia) Chief Technology Officer, Data to Decisions CRC; CEO, Fivecast
  • Professor Louis de Koker (Australia) Professor, La Trobe Law School, National Lead: Law and Policy; Data to Decision CRC
  • Professor Joshua Fairfield (USA) William Donald Bain Family Professor of Law, Washington and Lee University Law School
  • Leanne Fry (Australia) Chief Innovation Officer and Chief Information Officer, AUSTRAC
  • Dr Guido Governatori (Australia) Software Systems Group Leader, Data61
  • Professor Patrick Keyzer (Australia) Chair of Law and Public Policy; Head of La Trobe Law School
  • Professor Jenni Lightowlers (Australia) Dean of Deakin Law School
  • Dr Robert Mathews (USA) Distinguished Senior Research Scholar on National Security Affairs and U.S. Industrial Preparedness at the University of Hawaii
  • Dr Sanjay Mazumdar (Australia) CEO, Data to Decisions CRC
  • David Medine (USA) Senior Privacy Advisor, Consultative Group to Assist the Poor, former Chair of the US Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board
  • Professor Danuta Mendelson (Australia) Research Professor, Deakin Law School
  • Professor Ugo Pagallo (Italy) Professor of Jurisprudence at the Department of Law, University of Turin
  • Professor Frank Pasquale (USA) University of Maryland Francis King Carey School of Law, author of the Black Box Society: The Secret Algorithms that Control Money and Information
  • Associate Professor Marta Poblet Balcell (Australia) Vice-Chancellor’s Principal Research Fellow, Graduate School of Business and Law, RMIT
  • Professor Giovanni Sartor (Italy) Full Professor in Philosophy of Law and Legal Informatics, University of Bologna, Professor of Legal Informatics and Legal Theory, European University Institute of Florence, former President of the International Association for Artificial Intelligence and Law
  • Professor Jill Slay AM (Australia) Optus Chair of Cyber Security at La Trobe University and Director of Cyber Resilience Initiatives for the Australian Computer Society
  • Tim Scully (Australia) Chair, Data to Decisions CRC
  • Professor Tom van Engers (Netherlands) Full Professor of Legal Knowledge Management at the University of Amsterdam; Scientific Lead: Networks of Crime and Terrorism (IAS); Director of Leibniz Centre for Law
  • Bret Walker SC (Australia) Australia’s first independent National Security Legislation Monitor (2011 to 2014)
  • Professor Matthew Warren (Australia) Professor of Cyber Security, Deakin University
  • Professor David Watts (Australia) Professor of Information Law and Policy, La Trobe Law School; former Privacy and Data Protection Commissioner, Victoria
  • Professor John Zeleznikow (Australia) College of Business, University of Victoria, former Director of The Joseph Bell Centre for Forensic Statistics and Legal Reasoning at the University of Edinburgh

For further information and to receive the latest updates please visit the website at and register your interest.