Doctor Thillagavathy Rajaretnam

Doctor Thillagavathy Rajaretnam

School of Law


Thilla Rajaretnam is a Lecturer at the School of Law and currently coordinates and teaches Commercial Law (PG). Thilla has international teaching experience in Business Law having taught at the University Sains Malaysia and Massey University in New Zealand prior to joining the Western Sydney University.

Prior to commencing her academic career, Thilla worked as a legal practitioner in Malaysia after being admitted as an Advocate and Solicitor in the High Court in Malaya, Malaysia in 2000.  In 2004, she was admitted as a legal practitioner in the Supreme Court of New South Wales, Australia. 

Thilla is a researcher in information privacy and data security, corporate information governance and corporate governance law and regulation.  Thilla has completed a thesis entitled, 'The Regulation of Information Privacy Protection in Electronic Commerce (E-commerce) in Australia'. Her other research interests include human rights law, banking and financial transaction law and regulation. 

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  • PhD University of Western Sydney
  • LLM University of Western Sydney
  • LLB (Hons) University of London

Professional Memberships

  • Asia-Pacific Privacy Scholars Network (2016 - 2023)

Organisational Unit (School / Division)

  • School of Law


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Current Teaching Areas

  • 200183 Law of Business Organisations

Previous Teaching Areas

  • 200432 Commercial Law, 2019
  • 200955 Information and Data Governance Law and Regulation, 2019
  • 200958 Information and Data Governance Law and Policy, 2019


Chapters in Books

  • Rajaretnam, T. and Haque, M. (2018), 'Information and communications technologies and the threat to privacy of Internet users', ELCOP Yearbook of Human Rights 2018: Human Rights and Digital Age, Empowerment Through Law of the Common People 9789843451149.
  • Rajaretnam, T. and Corbett, S. (2014), 'Google AdWords, keywords and trade marks : a comparative study of the law', Information Ethics and Security: Future of International World Time, International Association of IT Lawyers 9788799485444.

Journal Articles

  • Rajaretnam, T. (2020), 'A review of data governance regulation, practices and cyber security strategies for businesses : an Australian perspective', International Journal of Technology Management and Information System, vol 2, no 1 , pp 1 - 17.
  • Young, A. and Rajaretnam, T. (2020), 'A data breach incident in Hong Kong : the disappointing Cathay Pacific experience', Computer and Telecommunications Law Review, vol 26, no 3 , pp 60 - 67.
  • Rajaretnam, T. and Young, A. (2019), 'Data privacy in Malaysia with the emergence of big data and artificial intelligence', Computer and Telecommunications Law Review, vol 25, no 7 , pp 181 - 186.
  • Lau, A., Rajaretnam, T. and Young, A. (2016), 'Mis-selling of financial products in Hong Kong : the problem, limitation and a proposition', Company Lawyer, vol 37, no 4 , pp 104 - 112.
  • Rajaretnam, T. and Young, A. (2015), 'In the best interest of clients? : a reappraisal of the recent reforms in the regulations of financial advisors in Australia', International Company and Commercial Law Review, vol 26, no 2 , pp 39 - 50.
  • Rajaretnam, T. (2014), 'The implications of cloud computing for information privacy : an Australian perspective', International Journal of Business, Economics and Law (IJBEL), vol 5, no 4 , pp 30 - 41.
  • Rajaretnam, T. (2014), 'Data mining and data matching : regulatory and ethical consideration relating to privacy and confidentiality in medical data', Journal of International Commercial Law and Technology, vol 9, no 4 , pp 294 - 310.
  • Rajaretnam, T. (2012), 'The right to consent and control personal information processing in cyberspace', International Journal of Cyber-Security and Digital Forensics (IJCSDF), vol 1, no 3 , pp 232 - 240.
  • Rajaretnam, T. (2012), 'The problem to consent to the collection, use, and disclosure of personal information in cyberspace', International Journal of Cyber-Security and Digital Forensics (IJCSDF), vol 1, no 3 , pp 241 - 247.

Conference Papers

  • Rosadi, S. and Rajaretnam, T. (2017), 'Developments in Indonesia's data privacy regulation : a brief study of the Ministerial Regulation on Personal Data Protection in Electronic Systems No. 20 of 2016', Asian Privacy Scholars Network. International Conference, Hong Kong, China.
  • Rajaretnam, T. (2017), 'Cyber security : should Australian businesses rethink their data governance practices and cyber security strategies?', Australasian Law Teachers? Association. Conference, University of South Australia.

Research Interests

 Thilla’s research interests include issues related to:

  • Commercial and corporate law and regulation from a corporate perspective.
  • Human Right Law from a privacy and information governance perspective.
  • Cyber Security Law.
  • Cyber Law and cybercrimes.
  • Maritime and marine data security related to Automatic Identification System (AIS) and Maritime Safety and Security Information System (MSSIS).  

Research Activities

She has participated and presented at the Western Sydney University, School of Law, Research Seminars. She actively participates in national and international conferences and seminars and has presented her research papers at both national and international conferences, workshops.

A significant impact of her research activities and her membership with Asia-Pacific Privacy Scholars Network (APSN) is that, Thilla was invited by Professor Joseph A. Cannataci , the Special Rapporteur on the right to privacy to participate in a workshop conference organised under the auspices of the mandate of the United Nations Special Rapporteur on Privacy (SRP) in partnership with the Security, Technology & e-Privacy Research Group (STeP) at the University of Groningen in the Netherlands, the Department of Information Policy and Governance of the University of Malta, and the MAPPING Project (Managing Alternatives for Privacy, Property and Internet Governance) held in Hong Kong, China between the 29th and 30th of September 2017.  

In 2018, she attended the Human Rights and Technology Conference held by the Australian Human Rights Commission on the 24th July 2018; and the UN Special Rapporteur on the Right to Privacy (SRP) -  Big-Data - Open Data Consultation on the 26 - 27th July 2018 in Sydney, Australia.  



This information has been contributed by Doctor Rajaretnam.


Current Supervision

Thesis Title: Use of unmanned Arial Vehicle (Drone) as Tool for Pre-Emptive Self Defence: A Legal Analysis Under International Law
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Thesis Title: Implementation of Norms on the Responsibilities of Transnational Corporations and Other Business Enterprises with regard to Human Rights in Indonesia
Field of Research:
Thesis Title: Conflicts over Enforcement of E-Surveilance and Protection of Privacy Rights in Transnational Levels: A Critical Analysis on Laws of the UK, EU and International Treaties
Field of Research:
Thesis Title: The Role of Corporate Social Responsibility in Corporate Governance in the Context of Employment: A Comparative Study of the United Kingdom and Australia.
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