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Dr Clare Sullivan

Telephone +61 8 8313 5817
Position Research Fellow
Fax +61 8 8313 4344
Building Ligertwood Building
Floor/Room 3 06
Campus North Terrace
Org Unit Law School

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Biography/ Background

Dr Clare Sullivan is a Research Fellow at the Law School, University of Adelaide.

Dr Sullivan is a technology lawyer whose work has been published in Australia and internationally.

Dr Sullivan has extensive experience in private legal practice in Australia and oversees, in government practice in Australia, in teaching law in Australia and oversees, and as a consultant, most recently to the Global Electronic and Economic Crime Unit in Canberra.

Dr Sullivan has published extensively on technology law issues particularly the changes heralded by the use of digital identity for commercial transactions. She is the author of the recently published book 'Digital Identity'




·         2009: Degree of Doctor of Philosophy. Thesis entitled ‘Digital Identity: An Emergent Legal Concept. An analysis of the role and legal nature of digital identity in a transactional context’


·       1999: Degree of Master of Business Administration, University of Adelaide, Singapore and Adelaide


·        1988: Degree of Master of Laws, University of Adelaide.  Thesis on computer/information technology law




·         Admission to Supreme Court of South Australia as a Barrister, Solicitor, Attorney and Proctor


·         Enrolled to practice in the High Court of Australia, Federal Court of Australia and Federal Tribunals


·         Current South Australian Legal Practitioner’s practicing certificate


·         Certified Professional Manager, Australian Institute of Management

Awards & Achievements

2011: South Australian Fulbright Scholar 2011/12


2011: Bonython Prize for doctoral thesis


2009: Awarded University of Adelaide scholarship to commercialise PhD research on digital identity

2006: Awarded University of Adelaide scholarship to undertake PhD in technology law at the Law School, University of Adelaide

Teaching Interests

Dr Sullivan has experience in designing courses and in teaching law, including technology law, at undergraduate and graduate level. 

For many years Dr Sulivan has also taught on the MBA program for the International Graduate School of Business in both its on-line and on-campas delivery. Dr Sullivan assisted in the design of business managment courses in both formats.


Research Interests

Dr Sullivan has an interest in technology law with a  focus on the impact of digital technology.

Dr Sullivan's recent research looks at digital identity as an emergent legal concept. In addition to examining that concept, Dr Sullivan also considers the attendant changes, including an emergent right to digital identity and its intersection with the right to privacy; and whether digital identity has the characteristics of property which can be stolen and damaged. 




Major national and international publications

All peer reviewed publications


·           Trade-based Money Laundering Report for Australian Institute of Criminology to be published 2011 


·           Digital Identity, University of Adelaide Press November 2010


·         Digital Identity – The ‘Legal Person’?’(2009) 25 (2) Computer Law and Security Review 227


·         Digital Identity – The ‘Legal Person’?’ paper presented at the International Workshop in E – Forensics law at the International Conference on Forensics Applications and Techniques in Telecommunications, Information and Multimedia, Adelaide, Australia 19-21 January 2009


·         ‘Is Identity Theft Really Theft?’ (2009) 23 (1-2) International Review of Law, Computers and Technology 85


·         ‘Identity or Privacy?’ submitted on request for special issue: Identity, Privacy and New Technologies, (2008) Vol 2 No 3 International Journal of Intellectual Property Management 289


·         Who’s Who -Conceptualising Identity’ (2007) Vol 21 No 3 International Review of Law, Computers and Technology 327. Paper presented at the 2007 annual BILETA conference in England in April 2007


·         'The United Kingdom Identity Cards Act- Civil or Criminal?' (July 2007) International Journal of Law and Information Technology 1


·         ‘The United Kingdom Identity Cards Act 2006 – Proving Identity?’ (2006) Vol 3 Macquarie Journal of Business Law 259


·         ‘Legal Education and Training in a Multicultural Environment’, paper presented at Law Asia Conference in Beijing, September 1997


·         Designing an Innovative Legal Education and Skills Training Program- The Baker & McKenzie Model’, paper presented at Law Asia Conference in Colombo, September 1995


·         ‘The Response of the Criminal Law in Australia to Electronic Funds Transfers, particularly Automatic Teller Machine Abuse’, Essays on Computer Law, Longman Professional Publishing Australia 1990


·         ‘The Evidence Acts in Australia – They Do Not Compute!’ (1989) Vol 3 No 12 International Computer Law Adviser,6


·         ‘Electronic Funds Transfer Abuse – An Australian Perspective’, paper presented at Law Asia Conference in Hong Kong, September 1989


·         ‘Computer Abuse Legislation in Australia – Comparison of Legislation in Australia and Overseas, particularly in the United States and the United Kingdom’, (1988) Vol 12 No 4 Criminal Law Journal, 228


·         Unauthorised Automatic Teller Machine Transactions – Consequences for Customers of Financial Institutions.  The situation in Australia contrasted with the law in the US’, (1987) Vol 15 No 3 Australian Business Law Review, 187


·         ‘A Discussion of the Impact of Information Technology on the Securities Industry in Australia’, (1987) Vol 5 No 1 Companies and Securities Law Review, 33


Professional Associations

·         Member of the Law Society of South Australia


·         Member of the South Australian Bar Association

Entry last updated: Saturday, 15 Sep 2012

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