Hi, welcome to my website. I am Dr Andelka M Phillips and this is my personal website. 

I am a writer and an academic interested in Information Technology Law and Health and Medical Law. I have created this page primarily to make more of my work accessible. Much of my recent work has been concerned with the regulation of direct-to-consumer genetic tests, examining the industry’s use of wrap contracts (browsewrap and clickwrap) and I am also very interested in the uses and storage of genetic and genomic data, as well as genetic privacy.

17 April 2020 update:

I am pleased to announce that the electronic version of Buying Your Self on the Internet is now available through JStor – here is the link https://www.jstor.org/stable/10.3366/j.ctvnjbgvb

Brief overview:

My book entitled Buying Your Self on the Internet: Wrap Contracts and Personal Genomics has just been published Edinburgh University Press as the first volume in their Future Law series in July 2019. The book is available through Edinburgh University Press, Book Depository and Amazon UK. You can download a flyer with a discount code for ordering this book at the bottom of this page.  1st November 2019 update – The discount code has been extended until 31st July 2020.

I have also co-edited with Professor Jonathan Herring and Professor Thana C de Campos Philosophical Foundations of Medical Law which is a volume in Oxford University Press’ Philosophical Foundations of Law series. This was published on the 21st of November 2019. It is available as an ebook through Apple Books and Google Books. Google Books has a free preview available.

23 August 2019 Update – ebook of Buying Your Self on the Internet: Wrap Contracts and Personal Genomics is now live and is available through the Edinburgh University Press site.

I am interested in a wide range of topics including: electronic contracts (wrap contracts), consumer protection, artificial intelligence and regulation of robotics, emerging technologies in healthcare (including wearables and implants), surveillance technologies, synthetic biology, cyber security, privacy and data protection, responsible innovation, and the regulation of emerging and disruptive technologies, especially developments in the Internet of Things and smart computing systems.

I am also particularly interested in governance of future spaces and the societal impact of new, emerging, and disruptive technologies.

I am a Senior Lecturer at Te Piringa, Faculty of Law, the University of Waikato and a Research Associate at the University of Oxford’s Centre for Health, Law and Emerging Technologies (HeLEX).

I am a member of the New Zealand Privacy Foundation and also participating in the Technology in Legal Education New Zealand (TeLENZproject.

I was previously the Ussher Assistant Professor in Information Technology Law at Trinity College Dublin and the Convenor of Trinity College Dublin Law School’s Technology, Law and Society Research Group. I have also taught at the University of Oxford and the University of Auckland.

23rd February 2018 Update – I have released Version 1.3 of a data file on direct-to-consumer genetic testing companies – please see the DTCGT Research page.

I completed my doctoral degree at the University of Oxford and my LLM(1st Class Honours) at the University of Auckland. While at Oxford, I convened the Oxford Medical Law and Ethics Discussion Group and the Oxford Privacy Information Law and Society Discussion Group. I was also the General Editor of the Oxford University Commonwealth Law Journal. See here for the latest issue of the journal.



Te Piringa – Faculty of Law profile

HeLEX Centre profile