Associate Professor Wayne Rumbles

Dean of Law

Qualifications: BA, LLB, LLM (Distinction)

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About Me

Wayne Rumbles graduated BA/LLB in 1997 with majors in Law,  History and English Literature. He completed LLM (Distinction) from the University of Waikato in 1998. He spent three years working in community law and worked for Te Matahauariki Research Institute for 10 years on the Laws and Institutions for Aotearoa/New Zealand project. Wayne has been an academic Te Piringa - Faculty of Law, University of Waikato for 17 years and took up the position of Dean of Law in June 2015.

Wayne teaches and researches in the areas of Cyber Law, Law and New Technologies, Criminal Law (with a focus on Cyber Crime), and teaches in New Zealand's first Masters in Cyber-Security taught jointly by the  Faculties of Law and Computer and Mathematical  Science.

Twitter: @legalwayne @lawdeanwaikato | Linkedin: Wayne Rumbles

Papers I Teach

Research Supervised


  • Tawhana Ball (completed) Regulating Child Pornography on the Internet' or 'New Zealand's Regulation of Internet Child Pornography.
  • Valmaine  Toki (completed) A case for an Indigenous Court- a realisation for Self-Determination"
  • Ahmed Aldubayyan (in progress) The Success and Failure of the Existing Privacy Regulations on Cellular Networks Data: (A Comparative Analysis and Suggestions)
  • Mauricio Kimura (in progress)  Should we ascribe Legal Personality for Autonomous Artificial Intelligence Humanoid? And if so, what kind?
  • Alvina Edwards (in progress) Counting Indigeneity; Blood Quantum Ideology in Canada New Zealand and United States of America.

Professor Rumbles welcomes applicants for doctoral and graduate supervision in any subject within the areas of Cyber-Law, Criminal Justice and Early New Zealand Legal History.

Research Interests

  • New technologies as they interface with the law
  • Indigenous rights particularly in relation to criminal law
  • Media and the law
  • Cyber-Crime
  • The place of law in the virtual world
  • Privacy online
Current Research Projects

1. Regulating the Internet: Theory, Practice and Future Developments

2. Cloud Security: 'Regulating the Cloud' and 'Seeing through the Cloud– Dealing with Privacy in the Cloud'

3. Indigenous Data Sovereignty

This is multidisciplinary and cross-faculty research project. The aim of this research project is to establish the legislative framework for recognising Indigenous data. Data sovereignty in Aotearoa has four core objectives:

  • Identify indigenous rights and interests to data.
  • Describe the legislative framework within which data is currently regulated.
  • Identify how indigenous information is collected, managed and kept secure in data-sharing environments.
  • Establish a legislative framework for recognising and regulating indigenous data.

4. Law of the Cyborg:  'Regulating Human 2.0'

The law is slowly developing in the  area of human enhancement to both embrace and restrain the augmented human in often subtle and fragmented ways. This project will discuss the development of cyborg regulation in areas of medical research, assisted human reproduction, drug regulation, voluntary augmentation and will explore some of the drivers of this of this regulation within a wider societal context.  The drivers of cyborg law are often schizophrenic in that they contain both the hope and promise of the cyborg and fear of the monstrous.


Computing; Crime; E-commerce; Law; Technology; Treaty of Waitangi

Cyberlaw, New Technologies, Legal History

Recent Publications

  • Rumbles, W. A. (2013). Keyboard dreams: Hacker identity and refraction of legal narrative. In 8th Global Conference - CyberCultures - Exploring Critical Issues (pp. 10 pages). Prague, Czech Republic.

  • Rumbles, W. A. (2013). Hacking at the virtual edge. In Law on the Edge. Vancouver, Canada.

  • Rumbles, W. A. (2013). Laws' embryo: Reproducing fears of modern monsters. In 1st Global Conference: The Boundaries of Reproduction: Origins, Bodies Transition and Futures (pp. 10 pages). Prague, Czech Republic.

  • Rumbles, W. (2012). Through the looking glass: Hacker culture reflected in law and the public imagination. In S. Baumann (Ed.), Cybercultures: Cultures in Cyberspace Communities (pp. 121-142). Oxford, UK: Inter-Disciplinary Press.

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Contact Details

Room: N.5.03
Phone: +64 7 838 4169