Niloufer Selvadurai

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


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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 - Recent work includes ‘A right to explanation for AI generated decisions’ in (2020) 28(3) International Journal of Law and Information Technology 193, with J Gacutan, Oxford University Press; and ‘The right to information’ (2021) Asian Journal of Comparative Law, with U Lu. Forthcoming. Cambridge University Press. Niloufer is presently invovled in a multinstitution research collaboration on AI governance with Qatar University, the University of Hong Kong and the University of Malaysia.

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

(c)  Cyber security and data privacy - Focussing on digital finance and blockchain and refining regulatory frameworks to better govern new and emerging digital business models. Recent work includes 'The governance of face recognition technologies in the Asia Pacific region' (2020) Journal of Internet Law, with E Karim. Wolters Kluwer USA.

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

Recent PhD Completions (Principal Supervisor)

Atiq Rahim (International - Bangladesh): Copyright law. “Designing Digital Copyright Laws to Properly Balance Proprietary and Public Interests.” Completed 2020.

Lam Uyen (International – Vietnam): Information technology law. “A Comparative Analysis of an Individual's Right to Information in Vietnam and Australia.” Completed 2019.

Jennifer Farrell (Australia): Internet law. “Enhancing Access to Justice in Australian Courts Using Web 2.0 Applications.” Completed 2018.

Jingyi Li (Cotutelle candidate with Shandong University, China): Intellectual Property Law. “Reconciling Intellectual Property Rights and Human Rights.” Completed. 2018.

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

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Education/Academic qualification

Law, PhD, Macquarie University

Admitted as Solicitor and Barrister of the Supreme Court of New South Wales

Law, BA LLB (First Class Hons), University of Sydney


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