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Colin Gavaghan        

Director of the New Zealand Law Foundation Centre for Law and Policy in Emerging Technologies

Professor Colin Gavaghan is the first director of the New Zealand Law Foundation sponsored Centre for Law and Policy in Emerging Technologies. The Centre examines the legal, ethical and policy issues around new technologies. To date, the Centre has carried out work on biotechnology, nanotechnology, information and communication technologies and artificial intelligence. In addition to emerging technologies, he lectures and writes on medical and criminal law.

Together with colleagues in Computer Science and Philosophy, Gavaghan is the leader of a three-year project exploring the legal, ethical and social implications of artificial intelligence for New Zealand.

He regularly advises on matters of technology and regulation. He is first Chair of the NZ Police’s Advisory Panel on Emergent Technologies, and a member of the Digital Council for Aotearoa, which advises the Government on digital technologies. Since 2017, he has been a member (and more recently Deputy Chair) of the Advisory Committee on Assisted Reproductive Technology. He was an expert witness in the High Court case of Seales v Attorney General, and has advised members of parliament on draft legislation.

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