Melbourne Law School
Friday 1 February
Room 920, Level 9
11:00AM - 12:00PM


About the seminar

Governments restrict data from crossing national borders to protect various interests including privacy and cybersecurity. These restrictions hinder the supply of digital services such as cloud computing services and can violate World Trade Organization (‘WTO’) law, particularly the General Agreement on Trade in Services (‘GATS’). This thesis argues that GATS can and should be applied to cross-border data restrictions in a manner that aligns with internet governance principles of internet openness, privacy and security. To achieve this alignment, WTO Members should adopt new rules that minimise cross-border data restrictions and facilitate adoption of internationally-recognised privacy and cybersecurity laws and standards.

Neha's thesis supervisors are Professor Andrew Mitchell and Professor Tania Voon. This completion seminar will be chaired by Professor Tim Lindsey and be assessed by Associate Professor Margaret Young.

About the presenter

Neha is a doctoral candidate at Melbourne Law School. She has previously practised law with Herbert Smith Freshfields LLP in London and Economic Laws Practice in Delhi. She has also served as a lecturer at National Law School of India University (NLS) teaching competition law and public international law. Neha has completed her undergraduate degree in law from NLS, LLM from London School of Economics, and Master in Public Policy from National University of Singapore, where she held the Kewalram Chanrai Fellowship.

While completing her studies in Singapore, Neha interned with the Government Relations team at eBay, and collaborated with them on a long-term research project on e-payments regulations in the ASEAN region. She also interned with Legal and Corporate Affairs team in Microsoft, and worked on a variety of matters related to legal and policy issues in the digital technology industry. Neha’s doctoral thesis is focused on studying the linkages between international trade law and internet governance. More specifically, her thesis focuses on government measures that restrict data flows through the internet, and create barriers to digital trade.The objective of her thesis is to derive a legal and policy framework that balances the objectives of international trade law with policy goals in internet governance. Her doctoral studies are currently funded by the Australian Postgraduate Awards and the Endeavour IPRS.