Researcher

Dr Kayleen Manwaring

My Expertise

Generally, Kayleen's research interests lie in sociotechnical change and the legal implications for business and consumers, particularly in the area of information technology. Most recently, she has developed extensive expertise in the consumer protection implications of sociotechnical change arising out of the Internet of Things and associated technologies. These include implications surrounding cyber security, data collection and handling, surveillance and privacy, digital consumer manipulation, software licensing, conduct affecting competition, contracting practices and service disavowal.

She also teaches and researches in the areas of intellectual property, consumer protection, corporations law and contract law.

 

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Biography

Dr Kayleen Manwaring is a Senior Lecturer at UNSW Law & Justice. She joined the School of Private & Commercial Law in 2021, transferring from UNSW Business after a number of years teaching corporations law and intellectual property to business students.

Her research concentrates on the intersection of sociotechnical change and private and commercial law. She focuses on the law of contract, consumer protection, intellectual property law and...view more

Dr Kayleen Manwaring is a Senior Lecturer at UNSW Law & Justice. She joined the School of Private & Commercial Law in 2021, transferring from UNSW Business after a number of years teaching corporations law and intellectual property to business students.

Her research concentrates on the intersection of sociotechnical change and private and commercial law. She focuses on the law of contract, consumer protection, intellectual property law and corporations law. She has previously published work on the Internet of Things, ubiquitous/pervasive computing, cyber security, ambient intelligence, consumer protection, online contracting, directors' duties, network neutrality, copyright and digital technologies, privacy, spam and communications law. Her work has been cited by the Organisation for Economic Development, the World Economic Forum, the Australian Human Rights Commission, the NSW Law Reform Commission, the Australian Council of Learned Academies, the United States Department of Commerce National Telecommunications and Information Administration, the Austrian (EU) Ministry for Transport, Innovation and Technology, the Consumer Policy Research Centre and the Australian Communications Consumer Action Network (ACCAN).  She is an invited peer reviewer for the leading journals Computer Law & Security Review, the International Journal of Law & Information Technology, the Australian Business Law Review, the Competition and Consumer Law Journal and the Internet Policy Review.

Prior to becoming an academic, she spent many years working as a commercial lawyer, as inhouse counsel and in law firm knowledge management, in Sydney and London, for Blake Dawson (now Ashurst), AMP, Freehills (now Herbert Smith Freehills) and SJ Berwin (later King & Wood Mallesons). Her work in practice primarily focused on commercial contracts in the area of technology acquisition and licensing, intellectual property, and communications. 


My Grants

  • International Association of Privacy Professionals – Australia/New Zealand Chapter Inc (iappANZ) Privacy Legacy Grant 2019 I am a co-investigator on this research project entitled '(mis)Informed Consent: Privacy, Unfair Contract and Unconscionable Conduct' ($30,000) with Rob Nicholls and Katharine Kemp
  • UNSW Business School Special Research Grant 2019 I am the Chief Investigator on an SRG entitled ‘Autonomous ‘Intellectics’ and Accountability ($10,000)
  • UNSW Centre for Law, Markets and Regulation Summer Research Grant 2019 Chief Investigator for a research project entitled ‘Corporate Social Responsibility and Cyber Security in Cyber-Physical Systems’ ($5000)
  • UNSW Business School Summer Research Scholarship 2019 Research Project Supervisor for a research project entitled ‘To what extent can existing consumer protection laws protect consumers against cybersecurity threats inherent in emerging technologies?’ ($5000)
  • UNSW Business School Summer Research Scholarship 2016 Research Project Supervisor for a research project entitled ‘Network neutrality in the age of the Internet of Things’ ($4400)
  • UNSW Business School Summer Research Scholarship 2016 Joint Research Project Supervisor for a research project entitled ‘A duty to secure?  Cyber security breaches, directors’ duties and shareholder actions’ ($4400)

My Qualifications

PhD, LLM (Media, Communications and Information Technology) (UNSW)
Grad Dip Communications, Grad Dip Legal Studies (UTS)
BA LLB (Hons I) (Syd)


My Awards

Prizes

  • Winner, Google Prize (best postgraduate paper), BILETA Conference, 10-11 April 2018, Aberdeen​​

Awards

  • UNSW Business Staff Excellence Awards 2018: Research Achievement - School of Taxation and Business Law
  • Best PhD Project, International Conference on Internet of Things and Big Data (Doctoral Consortium), April 2016, Rome
  • UNSW Graduate Research School: 1 of 3 PhD candidates across UNSW granted fully paid participation in Universitas21 conference on ‘Our Digital Future’ in Shanghai, China, 2015
  • Deans List for Best Performance in subject: E-commerce Law
  • Deans List for Best Performance in subject: Law & the Culture Industries

My Research Activities

Kayleen is currently working on a number of research projects relating to the legal implications of sociotechnical change:

* (mis)Informed consent: privacy, unconscionable conduct and unfair contract terms (funded by an iapp ANZ Legacy Grant, working with Associate Professor Rob Nicholls and Dr Katharine Kemp)

* Cyber security, consumer guarantees, the Internet of Things and related technologies

* Intellectics and accountability

* Cyber security and corporate social responsibility

 


My Research Supervision


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Areas of supervision

Law and technology, including contract, intellectual property, consumer law, corporations law.

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