Smart contracts and consumers


Project code: BUS001

Department

Commercial Law

Smart contracts have been heralded as a technology that could do everything from replace traditional house keys to complex financial agreements. While smart contracts promise much to consumers, there is the strong possibility of consumer detriment if proper regulation is not in place. Working at the intersection of law and computer science, this project aims to explain the nature of smart contracts and to assess their current legal status in New Zealand.

Automated Legal Expert System


Project code: BUS004

Department

Commercial Law

Supervisor

Mr Benjamin Liu

The Automated Legal Expert System will be built upon the Retrieve and Rank Service offered on the IBM Bluemix platform. Once completed, the System can provide a cited answer to questions posed by users (e.g. university students) in relation to a specific area of law (such as the consumer protection law or the takeovers law).  The student will help the researcher to collect domain specific material (including statutes, judgments, research articles and publications from other sources) and convert the documents into a machine-readable format.

What Factors Influence Remedies Obtained Under the Privacy Act 1993?


Project code: BUS012

Department

Commercial Law

New Zealand’s current system for handling privacy complaints is complaints-led. Individuals who complain the Privacy Act has been contravened can complain to the Privacy Commissioner but more serious complaints end up in the Human Rights Review Tribunal which can award significant amounts of compensation to victims. Recently, the Tribunal has awarded much larger sums in damages than was previously the case. This project looks at whether this is the case and if so the possible reasons as to why. It looks at personnel changes in the tribunal, the types of people bringing claims as well as the nature of harms suffered by them.