Niloufer Selvadurai

Program Director, Legal Unit, Optus Macquarie Cyber Security Hub, Professor

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Macquarie University

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Professor Niloufer Selvadurai teaches Information Technology Law, Intellectual Property Law and Technology and E-Commerce at the Macquarie Law School, and is the Program Director of the Legal Unit of the Optus Macquarie Cyber Security Hub. Prior to joining Macquarie, Niloufer practised as a solicitor in the media and technology unit at Ashurst and worked at Allens. Niloufer is the Editor-in-Chief of the International Journal of Technology Policy Law and the Telecommunications Editor of the Australian Journal of Competition and Consumer Law. Qualifications include BA LLB (First Class Hons) from the University of Sydney and a PhD from Macquarie University. 

Research interests

Niloufer analyses how technological change undermines the effectiveness of law, especially in the fields of intellectual property, cyber security and data privacy, and how legal frameworks can be designed to support longevity. Her present research centres on the following themes:

(a)  The use of AI in public and private sector decision-making:  Niloufer is involved in a variety of research collaborations in this area, including with Qatar University, the University of Hong Kong and the University of Malaysia. Recent work includes ‘A right to explanation for AI generated decisions’ in the International Journal of Law and Information Technology, Oxford University Press, (2020) 28(3) 193, Gacutan, J and Selvadurai, N; and ‘The right to information’ in the Asian Journal of Comparative Law, Cambridge University Press, Lu, Y and Selvadurai, N, forthcoming.

(b) AI and copyright: Niloufer was a member of the Australia’s 2019 Submission to the AIPPI World Congress on ‘AI and Copyright’. Recent work includes ‘Reconsidering creativity’ in the Journal of Intellectual Law and Practice, Oxford University Press, (2020) 17(7) 489, Selvadurai, N and Matulionyte, R.

(c)  Cyber security and data privacy: Focussing on digital finance and blockchain - Refining regulatory frameworks to better govern new and emerging digital business models.

Supervision of PhD and Masters of Research students: Information technology law, digital intellectual property law, AI governance, biotechnology law, telecommunications law and digital competition law.

‘Speaking with Professor Niloufer Selvadurai’ in (2020) (1) The Brief 27-29 at

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Education/Academic qualification

Macquarie University

Award Date: 22 Sep 2006

Award Date: 1 Jul 1991

University of Sydney

Award Date: 1 Mar 1991

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The relevance of technology neutrality to the design of laws to criminalise cyberbullying

Selvadurai, N., Dec 2018, In : International Journal of Law and Public Administration. 1, 2, p. 14-24 11 p.

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