Curtis Barnes

Director, Research Fellow


Curtis Barnes is a researcher with expertise in law and emerging technologies, particularly artificial intelligence, His current research areas include synthetic media, machine-readable legislation, and how automated analytics may be used to enhance access to justice and deliver legal services.

Curtis’s thesis looked at the legal and ethical implications of morally significant machines. His earlier research looked at synthetic media and deepfakes, as well as access to justice, health, and human rights in personal injury systems. He has been Chair of the NZ Artificial Intelligence Forum Working Group on Law, Ethics and Society, is a fellow of the University Otago, He is a research affiliate of the Centre for Law and Policy in Emerging Technologies, and the Centre for Artificial Intelligence and Public Policy. He previously worked for the Department of Internal Affairs Policy Group.

Curtis earned bachelors and master’s degrees in law from the University of Otago. He received the degree of Master of Laws with Distinction.