Dr Monika Zalnieriute

Monika Zalnieriute is a Research Fellow at the Allens Hub for Technology, Law & Innovation. Monika’s research explores the interplay between law, technology, and politics, and focuses on Internet policy, international data privacy law and human rights in the digital age. Her work also addresses intersection between feminist theory, LGBTI rights and Internet Platforms.

Monika holds a PhD in Law from European University Institute in Florence. She has previously held a two-year Post-Doctoral Fellowship at the University of Melbourne, where she worked on the digital rights and discrimination of marginalized groups online. Monika believes that research only matters if it has a strong and tangible impact well beyond academia; and thus is actively engaged both within academic, civil society and policy-making circles. She is founding Director of a researched-based advocacy organization ‘ZEPHIRO: Progressive Platform for Human Rights’ in Vilnius, Lithuania; and a Visiting Fellow at the Center for Media, Data and Society at the Central European University in Budapest, Hungary. Monika provides legal research expertise on data-driven discrimination, data privacy and freedom of expression issues to the World Health Organization, Council of Europe and non-governmental organizations, such as Article 19 and Privacy International. Monika is sits on the International Committee of the Australian Privacy Foundation, and has served on the Executive Committee of the NCSG in ICANN, where she works towards the strengthening of the human rights protection within ICANN policies and procedures.  

Monika has published in Modern Law Review, European Journal of International Law, International Journal of Law and Information Technology, Computer Law & Security Review and International Data Privacy Law, and is currently working on a monograph on Internet architecture and human rights. These days Monika spends a lot of her time thinking and writing about the rule of law and automation of government decision-making.

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Book Chapters

Zalnieriute M, 2019, 'Digital Rights Of LGBTI Communities: A Roadmap For A Dual Human Rights Framework', in Research Handbook on Human Rights and Digital Technology Global Politics, Law and International Relations, Edward Elgar Publishing

Zalnieriute M, 2017, 'The anatomy of neoliberal Internet governance: A queer critical political economy perspective', in Queering International Law: Possibilities, Alliances, Complicities, Risks, pp. 53 - 74, http://dx.doi.org/10.4324/9781315266787

Journal articles

Zalnieriute M;Milan S, 2019, 'Internet Architecture and Human Rights: Beyond the Human Rights Gap', Policy and Internet, vol. 11, pp. 6 - 15, http://dx.doi.org/10.1002/poi3.200

Zalnieriute M;Moses LB;Williams G, 2019, 'The rule of law and automation of government decision-making', Modern Law Review, vol. 82, pp. 425 - 455, http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/1468-2230.12412

Zalnieriute M, 2018, 'Developing a European standard for international data transfers after Snowden: Opinion 1/15 on the EU-Canada PNR agreement', Modern Law Review, vol. 81, pp. 1046 - 1063, http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/1468-2230.12378

Zalnieriute M, 2016, 'The promise and potential of transgovernmental cooperation on the international data privacy agenda: Communicative action, deliberative capacity and their limits', Computer Law and Security Review, vol. 32, pp. 31 - 54, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.clsr.2015.12.008

Zalnieriute M, 2015, 'An international constitutional moment for data privacy in the times of mass-surveillance', International Journal of Law and Information Technology, vol. 23, pp. 99 - 133, http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/ijlit/eav005

Zalnieriute M, 2015, 'Internet Privacy Rights: Rights to Protect Autonomy', COMPUTER LAW & SECURITY REVIEW, vol. 31, pp. 312 - 313, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.clsr.2015.01.012

Zalnieriute M, 2015, 'Emerging Challenges in Privacy Law: Comparative Perspectives', COMPUTER LAW & SECURITY REVIEW, vol. 31, pp. 157 - 159, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.clsr.2014.12.002

Zalnieriute M, 2014, 'Transborder Data Flows and Data Privacy Law', COMPUTER LAW & SECURITY REVIEW, vol. 30, pp. 104 - 108, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.clsr.2013.12.003

Zalnieriute M, 2013, 'Interdisciplinary Perspectives on International Law and International Relations: The State of the Art.', EUROPEAN JOURNAL OF INTERNATIONAL LAW, vol. 24, pp. 987 - 991, http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/ejil/cht058

Zalnieriute M, 2013, 'Blanket criminal record data disclosure system incompatible with privacy rights', INTERNATIONAL DATA PRIVACY LAW, vol. 3, pp. 197 - 201, http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/idpl/ipt012

Zalnieriute M, 2013, 'The Oxford Handbook of Internet Studies', COMPUTER LAW & SECURITY REVIEW, vol. 29, pp. 472 - 474, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.clsr.2013.05.008

Zalnieriute M, 2013, 'Market Integration Through Data Protection: An Analysis of the Insurance and Financial Industries in the EU', INTERNATIONAL DATA PRIVACY LAW, vol. 3, pp. 215 - 216, http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/idpl/ipt008


Bennett Moses L;Buckley R;Johns F;Greenleaf G;Kemp K;De Leeuw M;Manwaring K;Maurushat A;Zalnieriute M, 2018, Response to Issues Paper on Data Sharing and Release, https://www.pmc.gov.au/sites/default/files/public-submissions/data-sharing-2018/20684.pdf

Yu A;Lo A;Bennett Moses L;Clarke R;Farbenblum B;Joyce D;De Leeuw M;Manwaring K;Nolan J;Zalnieriute M, 2018, Response to Issues Paper on Human Rights and Technology, https://tech.humanrights.gov.au/sites/default/files/inline-files/70%20-%20The%20Allens%20Hub%20for%20Technology,%20Law%20and%20Innovation.pdf

Intersections between international law, Information Policy and Internet Governance, human rights in the digital age, international data privacy law, and EU data protection law, data-driven discrimination, automation of government decision-making, LGBTI rights and feminist theory. 

Currently Teaching

LAWS 8037 / JURD 7437 Surveillance, Security & Democracy