Julia Powles

Dr, BSc (Hons) ANU, LLB (Hons) UWA, BCL Oxon., PhD Cantab.

  • The University of Western Australia (M253), 35 Stirling Highway,

    6009 Perth


  • 169 Citations
  • 7 h-Index
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Personal profile


Julia Powles is Associate Professor of Law and Technology at The University of Western Australia. Scientifically trained and experienced in national and international policy-making, Julia’s research focuses on civic and rights-based responses to emerging technologies. She is an expert in privacy, intellectual property, internet governance, and the law and politics of data, automation, and artificial intelligence. Regularly consulted in these areas by governmental agencies and lawmakers in North America and Europe, Julia is now focused on Asia-Pacific and the Indian Ocean Rim as sites for innovation in tech regulation and governance. She has a particular interest in stimulating health, energy, and bioscience innovation in a way that safeguards the public interest.

Roles and responsibilities

  • Inaugural Be Inspired Appointment, UWA Law School
  • Innovation Fellow, IQX
  • Leader, Tech & the Public Interest Research Group

Previous positions

Prior to joining UWA, Julia held academic appointments at New York University, Cornell Tech, and the University of Cambridge. She also worked in the Office of the Director General of the World Intellectual Property Organization, in legal practice, as a contributing editor and policy fellow at The Guardian, as a bioscience researcher, and was a judicial associate in the Federal Court of Australia and Commonwealth Administrative Appeals Tribunal.

Education/Academic qualification

Doctor of Philosophy in Law, University of Cambridge

Bachelor of Civil Law (Master's degree), University of Oxford

Bachelor of Laws (First Class Honours), The University of Western Australia

Bachelor of Science (First Class Honours), Australian National University


  • Law
  • Government
  • Public Policy
  • Technology
  • Artificial Intelligence
  • Big Data
  • Bioscience
  • Health
  • Privacy
  • Security
  • Intellectual Property
  • Innovation
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Internet Governance
  • Political Economy

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Research Output 2006 2019

Traps and Opportunities in AI Governance

Powles, J., 5 Mar 2019.

Research output: Contribution to conferenceConference presentation/ephemera

Urbanism Under Google: Lessons From Sidewalk Toronto

Powles, J. & Goodman, E. P., 2019, (Accepted/In press) In : Fordham Law Review.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

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CLaw 2018 - Chairs' Message: ACM Fourth Workshop on Legal and Technical Issues in Cloud and Pervasive Computing (IoT)

Singh, J., Powles, J. & Daly, A., 8 Oct 2018, Proceedings of the 2018 ACM International Joint Conference and 2018 International Symposium on Pervasive and Ubiquitous Computing and Wearable Computers. Association for Computing Machinery (ACM), p. 878-879 2 p.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Conference paperForeword/postscript

Open Access

Machine Logic: Our Lives Are Ruled By Big Tech’s ‘Decisions By Data

Powles, J., 8 Oct 2018, The Guardian.

Research output: Contribution to specialist publicationArticle

Open Access
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