Cyber Law Expert to Speak on Digital Identity

Jan. 9, 2012

Dr. Clare Sullivan, a cyber law attorney, a research fellow at the University of Adelaide Law School in South Australia, and faculty at the University of South Australia Law School, will speak at the College of Law on Digital Identity As an Emergent Legal Concept: Can Identity Be Legally Protected?, on Friday, January 20, 2012, noon - 1:15 p.m., Ares Auditorium. The presentation is free and no reservations are needed.

Dr. Sullivan is the Fulbright South Australia Scholar for 2011/12, based at the law school at George Washington University. Her research reveals that digital identity is transforming transactions and is set to fundamentally change the commercial and legal landscape. The findings have implications for a number of legal areas including contract law, property, criminal law, and human rights, particularly the emergent right to identity and its relationship to privacy.

She will outline the findings of her international research on digital identity, which examines whether the digital identity used for transactions is emerging as a new legal concept, and if so, its legal nature and how identity can be legally protected. Dr. Sullivan’s research in the U.S. builds on her comparative research in Australia and Europe which is published in her book Digital Identity, (see: Digital Identity is the first detailed legal study of digital identity and its implications for individuals, businesses and government.)

For more information contact Carolyn Coolidge, International Trade and Business Law, at or at 520-621-9745.