Ms Genna Churches

Genna Churches is a PhD candidate at UNSW Law; the title of her thesis is ‘The Evolution of Metadata Regulation in Australia: From Envelopes and Letters to URLs and Web Browsing’.  The focus of her thesis on the access to and retention of telecommunications metadata, questioning if historical parliamentary debates and legislation of analogous technologies, such as the post and the telephone, have informed the balance between privacy protections and other social objectives in current telecommunications legislation. 

Having been exposed to computers from a young age, Genna developed a keen interest in technology.  However, it was while completing her Bachelor of Laws at Charles Darwin University, that her passion for technology became intertwined with human rights law, particularly that of the right to privacy.   Her honours dissertation on telecommunications metadata, ‘Everybody Knows: Snowden’s NSA Leaks, Metadata and Privacy Implications for Australia’, won the LexisNexis Prize for Outstanding Academic Achievement in Research and, amongst other prizes, she was also the recipient of the William Forster Chambers prize for Outstanding Academic Achievement in Human Rights Law.  She has presented at domestic and international conferences and was a finalist at the inter-faculty 3MT Competition in 2016.

Her research areas include technology, telecommunications law, law enforcement and national security, public law, privacy law, and human rights law.

 

Journal articles

Churches G; Zalnieriute M, 2020, '“Contracting Out” Human Rights in International Law: Schrems II and the Fundamental Flaws of U.S. Surveillance Law', Harvard International Law Journal, https://harvardilj.org/2020/08/contracting-out-human-rights-in-international-law-schrems-ii-and-the-fundamental-flaws-of-u-s-surveillance-law/

Zalnieriute M; Churches G, 2020, 'When a ‘Like’ is not a ‘Like’: A New Fragmented Approach to Data Controllership', The Modern Law Review, pp. 1 - 27, https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/abs/10.1111/1468-2230.12537

Reports

Churches G; Zalnieriute M; Greenleaf G, 2019, NSW Needs a Strong Mandatory Data Breach Scheme: Submission to Inquiry into NSW Adopting a Mandatory Reporting Scheme for Data Breaches, https://www.allenshub.unsw.edu.au/sites/default/files/inline-files/NSW%20Mandatory%20Reporting%20Scheme%20for%20Data%20Breaches%20NDB%20Churches%20Zalnieriute%20Greenleaf%20(002).pdf

Churches G; Zalnieriute M; Bennett Moses L, 2019, Review of the Identity-matching Services Bill 2019 and the Australian Passports Amendment (Identity-matching Services) Bill 2019, https://www.aph.gov.au/DocumentStore.ashx?id=a8735bc1-17fe-42ae-b631-2c7aa8550178&subId=669553

Bennett Moses L; Churches G; Watson E; Zalnieriute M, 2019, Submission to the Data Sharing and Release Legislative Reforms Discussion Paper, https://www.datacommissioner.gov.au/sites/default/files/2019-11/5.pdf

Watson E; Churches G; Bennett Moses L; Zalnieriute M, 2019, Australia’s 2020 Cyber Security Strategy Submission to the Department of Home Affairs, https://www.homeaffairs.gov.au/reports-and-pubs/files/cyber-strategy-2020/submission-37.pdf

Churches G; Bennett Moses L; Parker N, 2019, Submission to the Review of Telecommunications and Other Legislation Amendment (Assistance and Access) Act 2018, https://papers.ssrn.com/sol3/papers.cfm?abstract_id=3532831

Vaile D; Wijeyaratne S; Churches G; Zalnieriute M, 2019, Submission Telecommunications Data Retention Review, https://www.aph.gov.au/DocumentStore.ashx?id=b7ce0196-1e3b-4afa-aac0-a7188212e07c&subId=668210

Zalnieriute M; Churches G, 2019, Submission to Review of the Australian Federal Mandatory Data Retention Regime, https://ssrn.com/abstract=3416959

Other

Bennett Moses L; Churches G; Zalnieriute M; Byrnes A; Scully J; Kemp K; Greenleaf G, 2020, COVIDSafe App - Submission to the Parliamentary Joint Committee on Human Rights, https://papers.ssrn.com/sol3/papers.cfm?abstract_id=3595109

Churches G; Zalnieriute M, 2020, A Window for Change: Why the Australian Metadata Retention Scheme Lags Behind the EU and USA, https://auspublaw.org/2020/02/a-window-for-change-why-the-australian-metadata-retention-scheme-lags-behind-the-eu-and-usa/

Churches G; Zalnieriute M, 2020, A Groundhog Day in Brussels: Schrems II and International Data Transfers, https://verfassungsblog.de/a-groundhog-day-in-bruessels/

Churches G; Zalnieriute M, 2020, The Instrumentality of Metadata Access Regime for Suppressing Political Protests in Australia, http://www.iconnectblog.com/2020/08/the-instrumentality-of-metadata-access-regime-for-suppressing-political-protests-in-australia/

Churches G; Zalnieriute M, 2019, Unlawful metadata access is easy when we’re flogging a dead law, https://theconversation.com/unlawful-metadata-access-is-easy-when-were-flogging-a-dead-law-127621

Churches G; Zalnieriute M, 2019, Unlawful metadata access is easy when we're flogging a dead law, https://techxplore.com/news/2019-12-unlawful-metadata-access-easy-flogging.html

Churches G, 2019, Metadata Retention and Access Laws ABC Radio Coffs Harbour, https://www.allenshub.unsw.edu.au/news/power-metadata-and-why-current-laws-may-not-be-protecting-us

Churches G; Zalnieriute M, 2019, Unlawful Metadata Access Is Easy When We’re Flogging a Dead Law, http://www.homelandsecuritynewswire.com/dr20191211-unlawful-metadata-access-is-easy-when-we-re-flogging-a-dead-law?page=0,0