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Dr Jessica Lake

Lecturer, Law


Dr Jessica Lake is a Lecturer in Law at Swinburne University and researches at the intersection of law, technology and gender. She is interested in the social and cultural risks posed by technological innovation, the ways in which harm is distributed unequally within the community and how the law can and does repond. Her latest research relates to the social and legal implications of robotic replicas of human physicality (of bodies and voices).

She has an LLB (Hons), BA (Hons) and PhD from the University of Melbourne. Her PhD thesis, demonstrating that women forged a 'right to privacy' in the United States in the 19th and 20th centuries by bringing cases protesting the unauthorised use and abuse of images of their faces and bodies, was published by Yale University Press in 2016 as The Face that Launched a Thousand Lawsuits. Jessica has also published her work in journals and newspapers, and presented at conferences, in Australia and the United States. In 2016-2017, Jessica was the Karl Loewenstein Fellow in Political Science and Jurisprudence at Amherst College (USA).

She is also a qualified lawyer, and practised for many years in the area of media and entertainment law and commercial litigation.

Jessica is qualified to supervise PhDs as an Associate and welcomes students interested in research at the intersection of law, technology and gender.

Research interests

Privacy Law; Feminist Legal Theory; Technology and Law; Cultural Studies

PhD candidate and honours supervision

Higher degrees by research

Accredited to supervise Masters & Doctoral students as Associate Supervisor.

Fields of Research

  • Law - 180100
  • Culture, Gender, Sexuality - 200205

Teaching areas

Privacy Law;Contract Law;Media Law


Also published as: Lake, Jessica; Lake, J.
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