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 cyber-physical systems, the Internet of Things and associated technologies. These include 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 contract law, corporations law, electronic commerce, online content regulation, intellectual property and consumer protection. For 2022-2023, she is undertaking a Senior Research Fellowship in the UNSW Allens Hub for Technology, Law & Innovation.
Fields of Research (FoR)Contract law, Intellectual property law, Corporations and associations law, Cyberphysical systems and internet of things, Law, science and technology, Privacy and data rights, Private law and civil obligations, Cybersecurity and privacy
Dr Kayleen Manwaring is a Senior Lecturer at UNSW Law & Justice, and in 2022-2023 she has been appointed Senior Research Fellow in the UNSW Allens Hub for Technology, Law and Innovation ('Hub'). She joined the School of Private & Commercial Law in 2021, transferring from UNSW Business after a several years teaching corporations law and intellectual property to business students. Kayleen leads a research stream on 'Challenges for a...view more
Dr Kayleen Manwaring is a Senior Lecturer at UNSW Law & Justice, and in 2022-2023 she has been appointed Senior Research Fellow in the UNSW Allens Hub for Technology, Law and Innovation ('Hub'). She joined the School of Private & Commercial Law in 2021, transferring from UNSW Business after a several years teaching corporations law and intellectual property to business students. Kayleen leads a research stream on 'Challenges for a Cyber-Physical World' as part of the Hub and is also a member of the the UNSW Institute for Cyber Security and the UNSW AI Institute.
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, insurance and AI, 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 Sydney Law Review, UNSW Law Journal, Monash University Law Review, Computer Law & Security Review, International Journal of Law & Information Technology, Law, Technology & Humans, Australian Business Law Review, Competition and Consumer Law Journal, Internet Policy Review, Santander Art and Culture Law Review, GenIUS - Review of Legal Studies on Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity, and Australian Tax Forum.
Prior to becoming an academic, she spent many years working as a commercial lawyer, as in-house 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. Her first professional job was as an information consultant for Andersen Consulting (now Accenture).
- UNSW Allens Hub for Technology, Law & Innovation Research Stream Grant 2023 - for a research stream entitled 'Challenges for a Cyber-Physical World' ($4963)
- Cyber Security Cooperative Research Centre 2022 - for a research project entitled 'Complex regimes: mapping Australia's cyber security landscape for cloud services', Project Lead, co-investigators A/Prof Rob Nicholls and Dr Tyrone Berger
- UNSW Allens Hub for Technology, Law & Innovation Research Stream Grant 2022 - for a research stream entitled 'Challenges for a Cyber-Physical World' ($9946)
- UNSW Allens Hub for Technology, Law & Innovation Research Stream Grant 2021 - for a research stream entitled 'Challenges for a Cyber-Physical World' ($9550)
- UNSW Centre for Law, Markets and Regulation Research Grant 2020 - for a research project on AI, Big Data and Financial Services ($5000) with Zofia Bednarz
- International Association of Privacy Professionals – Australia/New Zealand Chapter Inc (iappANZ) Privacy Legacy Grant 2019 - for a 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 for a research project entitled ‘Autonomous ‘Intellectics’ and Accountability ($10,000)
- UNSW Centre for Law, Markets and Regulation Summer Research Grant 2019 - 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 PVCE Digital Uplift Grant 2018 - for the postgraduate course TABL5541 Corporations and Business Associations Law
- 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) with Pamela Hanrahan
PhD, LLM (Media, Communications and Information Technology) (UNSW)
Grad Dip Communications, Grad Dip Legal Practice (UTS)
BA LLB (Hons I) (Syd)
- Allens Hub for Technology, Law & Innovation Senior Research Fellowship 2022
- UNSW Law & Justice Research Fellowship 2022 (not taken up)
- Winner, Google Prize (best postgraduate paper), BILETA Conference, 10-11 April 2018, Aberdeen
- ARC Postgraduate Council Course Coordinator of the Year Award 2021
- UNSW Business Staff Excellence Awards 2021: Values in Action Award (as part of the BCom project team)
- 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:
* Challenges for a Cyber-Physical World
* Cyber security and cloud providers
* Cyber security, consumer guarantees, the Internet of Things and related technologies
My Research Supervision
Areas of supervision
Private and commercial law and technology, including contract, intellectual property, consumer law, corporations law.
Bruce Duncan, PhD candidate (with Professor Deborah Healey and Dr Lu Wang)
Business Associations (LAWS1091/JURD7224)
Electronic Commerce Law (LAWS8044/JURD7344)
Online Content Regulation (LAWS8040/JURD7440)