Moira Paterson


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1997 …2024
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Professor Moira Paterson teaches and researches in field of information law, with a key focus on freedom of information, privacy and data protection, health records and public records law.

She is the author of Freedom of Information and Privacy in Australia: Government and Information Access in the Modern State (LexisNexis, 2005) and Freedom of Information and Privacy in Australia: Information Access 2.0 (LexisNexis, 2015)and is a co-editor of Emerging Challenges in Privacy Law: Comparative Perspectives, Emerging Challenges in Privacy Law: Comparative Perspectives (CUP, 2014). She has also published numerous book chapters, journal article, principally on freedom of information and privacy-related topics.

Moira has been a Chief Investigator on 6 research projects, including three projects funded by the Australian Research Council, and has also completed several research consultancies and contracts for a variety of government and private sector organisations.

She has been a member of of the Victorian Firearms Appeals Committee since 2007 and was the FOI Editor of the Australian Administrative Law Service from1995 to 2018. She has also served as a member of the former Privacy Advisory Committee to the Australian Information Commissioner, as a member of Advisory Committees to the ALRC (in respect of its Privacy Act 1988 and Commonwealth secrecy laws references) and to the VLRC (in respect of its privacy in public places reference), and as an Honorary Consultant to the Australian Press Council (in relation to its High Court amicus curiae brief in McKinnon v Commonwealth 2006).

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Supervision interests

Freedom of Information


Data Protection

Health Records Law

Monash teaching commitment

LAW5000 Australian Legal Reasoning and Methods SEM1/T1

LAW1111 Foundations of Law SEM 1

LAW5317 Principles of privacy and freedom of information SEM 2

Research area keywords

  • Criminal Records Checks, Spent Convictions
  • Freedom of Information
  • Privacy
  • Health Records
  • Data Protection
  • Surveillance
  • Big Data
  • Public records

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Projects 2002 2024

Research Output 1997 2020

Big Data, Political Campaigning and the Law: Democracy and Privacy in the age of Micro-Targeting

Witzleb, N. (ed.), Paterson, M. (ed.) & Richardson, J. (ed.), 2020, 1st ed. Abingdon UK: Routledge. 258 p.

Research output: Book/ReportEdited BookOtherpeer-review

The European Union's Attempts to Limit the Use of the Term 'Prosecco'

Davison, M., Henckels, C., Paterson, M. & Spagnolo, L., 1 Feb 2019, Adelaide SA Australia: Wine Federation of Australia. 17 p.

Research output: Book/ReportCommissioned ReportResearch

Open Access

Data protection in an era of big government: the challenges posed by big personal data

Paterson, M. & McDonagh, M., 2018, In : Monash University Law Review. 44, 1, p. 1-31 31 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

Regulating surveillance: suggestions for a possible way forward

Paterson, M., 2018, In : Canadian Journal of Comparative and Contemporary Law. 4, 1, p. 193-230 37 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

Open Access