A Cyber law Research fellowship, sponsored largely by InternetNZ, wasn't filled last year, but InternetNZ and Victoria University, where the fellow will work and reserach, are hopeful a candidate will be appointed this year.
Victoria University spokesman Antony Paltridge says "for a variety of reasons, it was decided not to appoint anyone last year, but there are some very interesting candidates this year."
InternetNZ president Peter Macaulay says "with a substantial sponsorship like this, you want to have the right person," and the applicants who applied last year "weren't the right fit for the role as defined.
"If you look at the specifications, they're quite solid and you really want the right person — we're disappointed, but would rather be disappointed and eventaully get the right person."
The specifications for the role include a law degree, research experience and proven experience and interest in internet and IT and relevant public policy issues.
The subject of the research project will be in the fields of ISP liability, jurisdiction over cross-border torts, an intellectual property law strategy for the internet or internet systems for commercial and consumer trading.
A 30,000 word piece of research is expected and the fellow will also contribute to teaching law courses at the university and disseminate their findings to the wider community through seminars and workshops.
The successful candidate will get a $66-$76,000 salary.
Speaking to Computerworld last year about the position when it was first offered, Macaulay said the value of the fellowship will be in work towards New Zealand having its own Cyber law, as opposed to "piggybacking" off overseas law.
"We need to look at laws that work for us and not follow someone else's."