Te Pae Tawhiti Postgraduate Scholarship for Jae Kim
Jae is pursuing a Master of Law by thesis at the University of Auckland. Jae hopes to examine how the law can protect an individual’s privacy, particularly data privacy, in the so-called age of surveillance capitalism and the commodification of personal information.
Borrin Foundation Te Pae Tawhiti Postgraduate Scholarship
Jae Kim is a Junior Barrister at Shortland Chambers. He graduated from the University of Auckland with a LLB(Hons) in 2019 and worked at the High Court as a Judges’ Clerk before starting his current role at Shortland Chambers. During his time at law school, Jae was the editor-in-chief of the Auckland University Law Review and the Public Interest Law Journal of New Zealand, and he represented New Zealand at the Philip C Jessup International Law Moot Court Competition in Washington DC where the team received a number of awards. Jae has an interest in tort law, which he has tutored at the law school since 2019. He has previously published a peer-reviewed journal article on privacy law and hopes to conduct further research in this area.
What Jae is studying
Jae Kim intends to complete the Master of Laws by thesis at the University of Auckland. His proposed research project will examine the nature of privacy rights and interests, and how the law can protect an individual’s privacy, particularly data privacy, in the so-called age of surveillance capitalism and the commodification of personal information. His research will explore the concept of “information fiduciaries” — that is the idea that, in the digital age, online service providers who collect, analyse, use, sell and distribute the personal information of their users owe fiduciary obligations to their customers and end-users, just as lawyers and doctors owe fiduciary obligations to their clients and patients respectively — and whether, and how, the concept should be adopted in New Zealand.
“I am grateful to the Borrin Foundation for its generous support. I look forward to returning to university and having the time to think through and develop a single research project in an area that I am passionate about.”
– Jae Kim