Mr Arthur Hoyle

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Arthur Hoyle


Assistant Professor of Law and Technology


  • Bachelor of Arts ANU (Majors in Politics (double) and History) (1984)
  • Graduate Diploma in Legal Studies University of Canberra (1995)
  • Bachelor of Laws with Honours University of Canberra (1997)
  • Graduate Diploma in Legal Practice ANU (2002)
  • Master of Laws University of Canberra (2003)
  • Barrister of the High Court of Australia
  • Legal Practitioner in the Supreme Court of the ACT

Past Professional Experience

During a twenty year career in the Australian Public Service, including service abroad with the Department of Foreign Affairs and as a Defence Analyst for the Department of Defence, Arthur Hoyle amassed considerable experience relevant to the study and teaching of law. In 1994 and concurrently with his study in the law program at the University of Canberra, he assumed responsibility for teaching Law and Technology to both staff and students of the University. In addition to teaching at the University of Canberra in Australia and offshore in Fiji, China, Hong Kong and Singapore, he has for several years conducted a busy consultancy with clients such as the ACT Government and several private organisations.


Arthur has frequently presented short courses to Government and Private sector groups of professionals on Basic Law, Business law, E-law, Intellectual Property generally, and Intellectual Property in Contracting. He has planned and delivered courses in Australia, Asia and Europe, as well as professional papers at significant relevant international conferences in Europe, China and the USA.

He has significant experience researching, authoring and co-authoring academic and public treatises on corporate law, intellectual property in the digital age, information technology law, on electronic legal and other research. He has published in international journals, and encyclopedias in Europe and Australia and is in demand for public lectures on the subject.

Research & Areas of Interest

As the inaugural Director of the National Court of the Future project, Arthur brought into existence a world-leading facility providing for scholarly and practical investigation of the effects of technology on the delivery of justice in the digital age. Subsequently he has concentrated on operational matters and engaging in appropriate research on behalf of the Court, and in delivery lectures and papers internationally on the subject. He had responsibility for the procurement and introduction of Video Conferencing facility to the University of Canberra, and has served as Law Programme Manager of the School of Law at the UC. He has further research interest in the areas of Intellectual Property Law and E-Business Law.


Author - Research

2010 Cyberlaw in Australia, Kluwers Wolner June 2010

2010 Cyberlaw in International Encyclopaedia of the Laws, Kluwers Belgium February 2010

2003 Contracts Australia International Encyclopaedia of Laws, Kluwers, Belgium

1999 The Y2K problem: Avoiding the Legal Byte, Federation Press Sydney 1999, with Clark, E and Cho G.

1999 An Introduction to legal Research on the Internet Monograph, Internet Legal Resource Training, Canberra, with Kerr, P


2004 CyberLaw in Australia, Kluwer's International Encyclopaedia of Laws, Kluwer Law International, The Hague with Clark, E, and Cho, G

2003 E-Law for Business and Government, Canberra 2003, with Clark, E Cho G & Stewart, K 672 pages

2000 E-Business: Law and Management in the 21st Century Contributor and Co-editor InfoSys Law, Canberra December 2000

2000 Marketers and the Law Contributing Editor, Thomson/LBC Sydney 2000


2004 An Introduction to Legal Research on the Internet Fourth Edition, Crucial Briefs Sydney, with Kerr P and Gilchrist J.

2000 An Introduction to Legal Research on the Internet Third Edition, Crucial Briefs Sydney, with Kerr P and Gilchrist J.

1999 An Introduction to legal Research on the Internet Second Edition Monograph and CDROM, Internet Legal Resource Training, Canberra, with Kerr, P

Book Chapters

2002 Managers and the Law 2nd ed. with Griggs L, Clark E and Iredale I Thomson Sydney

2000 Going Digital 2000 Second edition. Contributing two chapters on the Y2K problem. Prospect Publishing, Sydney

1999 Intellectual Property chapters in the Australian edition of Kluwers International Legal Encyclopaedia, Kluwers Belgium

Journal Articles - Refereed article in a scholarly journal

2002 'Electronic Dispute Resolution (EDR): Present Realities, Continuing Problems and Future Prospects, with Clark, E, Cho, G International Review of Law, Computers & Technology

2002 On line Dispute Resolution with Clark, E, Special Edition of the International Review of Law Computers and Technology, UK

2001 An Overview of Australian E-commerce Law Developments, Published Conference
Proceedings, The First UKM-UC, Regional Conference on Technology and Society, Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia, pp 55-91, ISBN: 983244606-6. with Clark, E and Cho, G

2001 Intellectual Property in the Digital Age: Does the Napster experience point the way forward, or simply add to the confusion? Journal of Law and Information Science, Vol 11 (no 2)

2000 E-commerce Down Under: A survey of recent legal developments Contemporary Issues in Law, Leeds, UK pp. 24-55.

2000 Y2K Litigation: More Bugs Hitting the Same Legal Fan, Journal of Law and Information Science, Vol 10 (no 2), 246-299, with Clark, E, Cho, G (Volume dated 1999, but out in 2000)

2000 Y2K: An Important Lesson in Legal Risk Management, Journal of Law and Information Science, Vol 9(2), pp 152-176, with Clark, E, Cho, G (Volume dated 1998, but out in 2000)

1997 Copyright and Intellectual Property Issues in Geographic Information Systems Journal of Law and Information Science Vol 8 No.1 1997, with Clark, E and Cho G.

Other contribution to a scholarly journal

2001 A Journal of Law and Information Science, Vol 11 (1), pp 5- 6

2001 A Journal of Law and Information Science, Vol 11 (2), pp 131-132

Letter or note

2001 Napster Joins Forces with an Erstwhile Tormenter Canberra Times August 2001

2001 Sacred rights pitted against sacred rites in the courts Canberra Times January 2001

1999 Cultural revolution comes back to haunt China in Y2K Canberra Times 4 October 1999

1999 Vandals complicate Y2K problems Canberra Times September 1999, with Stewart, K.

CONFERENCE PUBLICATIONS- Full written paper refereed

2002 On-line Dispute Resolution: Present Realities and Future Prospects with Clark, E British and Irish Law Teachers Association conference, Amsterdam April 2002

2000 The Challenge Posed by Online gambling Knowright 2000 UNESCO Conference, Vienna Austria, with Bozin, D.

1999 Intellectual Property Issues in Geographic Information Systems the Impact of the DigitalRevolution paper presented at the Australasian Intellectual Property Conference,Coolangatta March 1999.

Full written paper non refereed

2004 Australian law Librarians Journal, Special Symposium Issue, Ten Challenges Facing Law Librarians in the Digital Era Paper presented at conference, with Clark, E

2002 On line Dispute Resolution (ODR) Pathways Towards Dispute Management Conference in Canberra 18-19 September 2002. Paper co-authored with Clark, E

2001 E-commerce DR A Way for the Future Commercial Dispute Resolution SeminarUser Choices and the Practicalities Australian National University, Canberra

2001 E-Business Law: a Survey of Recent Developments delivered under the National Centre for Law and Public Policy Research Lecture series September 2001, with Clark, E

2001 Copyright: Does it mean what it used to in the electronic age, and is time up for theconcept of a limited monopoly as it clashes with consumer protection?Australasian Law Teachers Conference Port Vila, Vanuatu July 2001

2001 Internationalisation, Globalisation, Innovation and Technology: Four Forces Shaping the Future of the Legal Profession in Australia Australian Legal Education Forum,Canberra ACT

1999 Research teaching Australasian Law Teachers Conference Wellington New Zealand

1999 Experience in the delivery of electronic research instruction in a medium sized law school Australasian Law Teachers Association conference held in Dunedin, New Zealand

1999 Electronic Legal Research training in law schools Australasian Law Teachers ConferenceDunedin New Zealand

Edited volume of conference proceedings

2002 Low cost courtroom technology allowing the expansion of the basic electronic tools toexisting court systemspublished in the proceedings of the ABA Techshow 2002, Chicago

2001 Law Business and On-line Dispute Resolution Issues with Clark, E, Cho, Gpaper presented to the New South Wales State Legal Conference 21-23 August.

1999 Intellectual property and the Franchise system. Potentials and pitfalls. Paperpresented at Mission Possible: Sports Business and the Olympics. Preventing and managing disputes in the year 2000 conference, Sydney March 1999.

1999 Intellectual property issues in GIS the impact of the digital revolution paper presented tothe Australasian Intellectual Property Conference, Coolangatta March 1999


  • 2000 Australian Sports Medal (ASM)
  • 2003 Finalist Australian Educational Publishing Awards (Teaching and Learning Package)