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Christopher Boniface


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As a Research Fellow in IT Law at the University of Edinburgh, I am part of a large-scale project funded by the UK Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council called “Fixing the Future: The Right to Repair and Equal-IoT”. This project investigates how the lack of repairability or access to such within the consumer Internet of Things will impact citizens’ inclusion, security, and sustainability in the ever-growing digital economy. I use my established knowledge of technological developments and their social responses to analyse the foundations for, and establishment of, protections and regulations around planned obsolescence, self-repair, and consumer-first technologies.

My research interest lies in the way traditional systems and legal principles respond to sudden changes, new advances, or shifts in society. I completed my PhD in Medical Law at the University of Canterbury in 2022, where I focused on the interaction of Artificial Intelligence with established protections and rights in New Zealand’s healthcare system. I used a mixed methodology approach to investigate how different components of AI and their implementation would interact with the variety of kinds of law that govern the complex healthcare scheme. I also have a BA in English Literature and an LLB from the same university. Alongside my professional research, I enjoy writing about a variety of different things in relation to student life, academia, entertainment, and politics. Occasionally, this writing is published in various mainstream sources.

Education/Academic qualification

Law, Doctor of Laws, The legal impact of artificial intelligence on the New Zealand health system, University of Canterbury

Award Date: 10 May 2022

English & Philosophy, Bachelor of Arts, University of Canterbury

Award Date: 10 Nov 2017

Law, Bachelor of Laws, University of Canterbury

Award Date: 10 Nov 2017


  • K Law (General)
  • healthcare
  • artificial intelligence
  • technology
  • sustainability
  • repair
  • criminal


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