Andelka M. Phillips is an academic and writer. She is an Affiliate with the Bioethics Institute Ghent, Ghent University, Belgium and an Academic Affiliate with the University of Oxford’s Centre for Health, Law and Emerging Technologies (HeLEX) and has most recently worked as the the Senior Lecturer in Law, Science and Technology in the TC Beirne School of Law, The University of Queensland.

Dr Phillips’ research interests are broadly in the areas of Technology Law, Privacy and Data Protection, as well as Cyber Security, Consumer Protection, and Medical Law. Her current research is centred around the regulation and governance of new, emerging, and future technologies, with particular emphasis on the impact of technologies on society both through her independent writing and through interdisciplinary collaboration with colleagues. Her work also explores the legal and ethical issues raised by technologies in both local and international contexts.

Dr Phillips' two most recent funded projects are: ‘My DNA, Your DNA, Our DNA: General public attitudes towards genetic privacy’ together with Dr Jan Charbonneau at the University of Tasmania (funded by the University of Waikato and Genomics Aotearoa); and ‘Fairness and Transparency in Emerging Health Markets: Protecting New Zealanders from the Risks of Personal Genomics‘ with Professor Samuel Becher at Victoria University of Wellington (funded by the Borrin Foundation).

The 'Fairness and Transparency in Emerging Health Markets: Protecting New Zealanders from the Risks of Personal Genomics’ has two recent op-eds linked to this project:

She has been recently interviewed in the following news items:

Dr Phillips is currently an Associate Editor for the Journal of the Royal Society of New Zealand (JRSNZ). She is the first editor to be appointed from the discipline of law.

She is also participating in the CYDIPLO Project, which explores 'the emerging field of cyberdiplomacy, in the EU and with key strategic partners. Drawing on perspectives from computer science, political science, law, and behavioural science, it explores a variety of questions, including, how is cyberdiplomacy implemented at the state, non-state, regional and global levels across key issue areas?' For more information see ( )

Dr Phillips is also on the Advisory Board for the ConnecteDNA project and also on the Ethics Advisory Board for the SEURO (Scaling EUROpean citizen driven transferable and transformative digital health) project, as well as the Advisory Board for AI for the Planet.

Much of her recent research has focused on the regulation of direct-to- consumer genetic tests (also known as personal genomics or DTC), examining the industry's use of wrap contracts (browsewrap and clickwrap). This is the subject of her book entitled Buying Your Self on the Internet: Wrap Contracts and Personal Genomics ( your-self-on-the-internet.html ) which was first published by Edinburgh University Press as the first volume in its Future Law series in 2019. The paperback edition of this book was published in May 2021. She also co-edited with Professor Jonathan Herring and Dr Thana de Campos Philosophical Foundations of Medical Law ( ), which was published as part of Oxford University Press' Philosophical Foundations of Law series in 2019.


Research interests:

Technology and the Law, Privacy, Data Protection, Genomics, Consumer Protection, Intellectual Property Law, Medical Law and Ethics, Contract, Legal History.

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Research Interests

Information Technology Law, Contract, Medical Law and Ethics, Genomics, Cyber Security, Privacy and Data Protection, Property Law, Consumer Protection, Responsible Innovation, Intellectual Property, and Legal History.