Dr Andelka M. Phillips

Andelka Phillips

Senior Lecturer

Qualifications: BA/LLB, BA(Hons), LLM(First Class Honours) (Auckland), DPhil(Oxon)

Personal Website:

About Andelka

Dr Phillips is a Senior Lecturer at Te Piringa Faculty of Law and a Research Associate/Academic Affiliate with the University of Oxford's Centre for Health, Law and Emerging Technologies (HeLEX).

In 2020, her work has been mentioned in Time magazine (March 2020) and in July 2020, she has been appointed as an Associate Editor for the the Journal of the Royal Society of New Zealand (JRSNZ).

Her recent research has focused on the regulation of direct-to-consumer genetic tests, examining the industry's use of wrap contracts (browsewrap and clickwrap). This is the subject of her book entitled Buying Your Self on the Internet: Wrap Contracts and Personal Genomics, which was published by Edinburgh University Press as the first volume in its Future Law series in July 2019. Her work on personal genomics has been mentioned in the Office of the New Zealand Privacy Commissioner's blog in 2019.

The electronic version of Buying Your Self on the Internet is now available through JStor – here is the link

She has also co-edited with Professor Jonathan Herring and Dr Thana Campos Philosophical Foundations of Medical Law, which was published as part of Oxford University Press' Philosophical Foundations of Law series on 21st November 2019. The ebook version is available through Oxford Scholarship Online, Google Books and Apple Books. The doi is: 10.1093/oso/9780198796558.001.0001

Her research interests are in Information Technology Law and Medical and Health Law, specifically the use, storage, and treatment of sequenced genomic data. Her current and on-going research is concerned with a variety of issues, including: wrap contracts, the regulation of emerging and disruptive technologies, consumer protection, surveillance technologies, artificial intelligence and regulation of robotics, synthetic biology, cyber security, and responsible innovation. She is also particularly interested in the societal impact of new and emerging technologies and developments in consumer focussed healthcare.

She is also a member of the New Zealand Privacy Foundation.

She is also a participant in the Technology in Legal Education New Zealand Project (TeLENZ)  led by Dean Wayne Rumbles.

Andelka was formerly the Ussher Assistant Professor in Information Technology Law and the Convenor of the Technology, Law and Society Research Group in the Law School at Trinity College Dublin, the University of Dublin. She has also taught at the University of Oxford and the University of Auckland.

She completed her doctorate at Oxford and her doctoral research examined the use of online wrap contracts (clickwrap and browsewrap) and the protection of consumers’ rights in their genetic information in the context of direct-to-consumer (DTC) genetic testing.

While at Oxford, she was the General Editor of the Oxford University Commonwealth Law Journal and also convened the Oxford Medical Law and Ethics Discussion Group and the Oxford Privacy Information Law and Society Discussion Group.

For more details on her work, please see her personal website.

Andelka welcomes expressions of interest in masters and doctoral supervision broadly in the areas of Technology Law, Health Law, and Privacy, including regulation of technology and especially AI and genomics.

ORCID iD icon

Papers Taught

Research Supervised

I have supervised research on a variety of topics in technology law, health law, and privacy. I welcome expressions of interest in relation to both the LLM or PhD.

Recent Publications

  • Phillips, A. (2021). Buying your self on the Internet Wrap contracts and personal genomics. UK: Edinburgh University Press.

  • Phillips, A., & Hervey, T. (2021). Brexit and biobanking: GDPR perspectives. In S. Slokenberga, O. Tzortzatou, & J. Reichel (Eds.), GDPR and Biobanking. Individual Rights, Public Interest and Research Regulation across Europe (Vol. 43, pp. 145-183). Cham: Springer. doi:10.1007/978-3-030-49388-2_9 Open Access version:

  • Phillips, A. (2020). Buying your genetic self online - An introduction to personal genomics and the legal issues it raises. In South GP CME. Christchurch, NZ.

  • Chu, A., Squirrell, D., Phillips, A. M., & Vaghefi, E. (2020). Essentials of a robust deep learning system for diabetic retinopathy screening: A systematic literature review. Journal of Ophthalmology, 2020, 1-11. doi:10.1155/2020/8841927 Open Access version:

Find more research publications by Andelka Phillips



direct-to-consumer genetic tests, electronic contracts, governance of technology, privacy, genetic privacy, wrap contracts, future spaces, medical law, contract law

Contact Details

Email: [email protected]
Room: 5.17
Phone: Please email me in the first instance