Dr Mimi Zou

Co-founder

I am co-founder of the Lab and Director of Studies in Law at Regent’s Park College, Oxford University. My main research interests are in the areas of comparative commercial law and the intersection of legal technology and innovation. I am currently working on several multi-stakeholder, interdisciplinary projects that aim to create evidence-based tools for stakeholders to adopt new technologies in dispute resolution. I have a DPhil in Law and BCL from the University of Oxford and been called to the Bar in England of Wales.

 

Aparajita Arya

BCL Graduate 

I am currently training to qualify for the Bar in England and Wales. Previously, I read for the BCL at Trinity College Oxford, and completed my undergraduate studies in Law and Literature from the University of Edinburgh and Lady Shri Ram College for Women. I am primarily interested in English and Scots private law, and enjoy engaging with topics at the intersection of law, economics, and technology. I have worked on projects in Fin-Tech, Legal-and-Regulatory Tech, and Investment Banking. In addition to law, I also like to spend time with my first loves, Classical and Romantic literature. 

 

Tatiana Botskina

DPhil in Computer Science, MLF Graduate

I am a DPhil student in Computer Science doing research in applied natural language processing for legal and financial industries. Before that, I was reading Law and Finance at the University of Oxford. I received a 5 year Specialist Law degree from Moscow State University and 2 year MSc degree in International Finance from Russian presidential academy of national economy and public administration.

I am a Russian qualified lawyer with over 5 years of practicing experience gained at top tier international and domestic law firms and in-house. I was a winner of multiple legal tech and fintech-related competitions. I am advising Blockchain and AI related startups on tech implementation, international expansion, and regulatory compliance.

 

Yuhang He

DPhil in Computer Science candidate

I am currently reading DPhil in computer science at University of Oxford. My research interest lies in computer vision, machine learning, acoustics, and their applications in solving real-word problems. I have been involved in industries for a couple of years before joining Oxford. Prior that, I obtained my B.S. degree from Wuhan University, China.

 

Konrad Kollnig

DPhil in Computer Science candidate

I am a current DPhil student at the Computer Science Department of Oxford University. My research interest lies in data protection in smartphone apps and the regulation of tech companies. I am developing TrackerControl, an Android app that shows you what companies track your app usage, and allows you to limit this. Further, I am the Events Officer for privacy at the Oxford Fintech and Legaltech Society, have been a Teaching Assistant for Software Requirements at my department, and enjoy discussing all things technical on my blog.

 

Akshay Kumar Mahajan

MSc in Law and Finance graduate

 

I am a graduand in MSc in Law and Finance from Harris Manchester College, University of Oxford. Professionally, I am an experienced associate with a demonstrated history of working on large transactions in M&A and PE advisory. I am a qualified lawyer admitted to the Bar in India and have also worked on numerous commercial law and arbitration matters while assisting Harish Salve QC (Blackstone Chambers). During my time in Oxford, I have also served as the Secretary of the Oxford Fintech & Legaltech Society. My interest lies in legaltech and researching concerns around the impact on traditional substantive law by adoption of disruptive technologies, specifically the liability and allocation of risk on the different stakeholders. Additionally, I have worked on the adoption of AI-based legaltech in my law firm’s offices across the country.

 

Glory Nwaugbala, Esq.

Incoming DPhil in Law candidate 

I am an attorney admitted to the New York State Bar, having focused my practice on corporate and securities law, mergers and acquisitions, venture capital, and Latin America work. I received my J.D. at Columbia Law School, my LL.M from the University College London, and my B.A., in psychology and political science from Rice University. My previous research and fellowship experience includes creating a prototype database that systematically tracked the political careers of domestic and foreign congress persons as a Robert Clarke Research Leadership Fellow, and drafting a white paper comparing and analyzing the complex mining laws between South Africa and Argentina as a research assistant for the Argentine Senate. My research interest lies at the intersection of law, culture, and technology.
 

Nergiz Oprescu 

Magister Juris Graduate

I am a recent graduate of the Magister Juris from St Catherine’s College, University of Oxford. During my time in Oxford, I specialised in the regulation of data and technology and its intersection with human rights. I completed my LL.B. at BAU Bahcesehir University as a valedictorian. I am a practising lawyer in Turkey and I previously worked on data protection law, dispute resolution and corporate law. My research interest lies in the regulation of cyberspace, in particular data protection and online intermediary liability. I enjoy engaging with data science and conducting interdisciplinary research exploring the interplay between technology and law.

 

Marilena Papachristodoulou

MSc in Law and Finance Graduate

I am a recent graduate of the MSc in Law and Finance from Brasenose College, University of Oxford where I had the chance to be part of the Business of Big Data and Law and Computer Science courses. I have previously completed my LLB at King’s College London. I have participated in pioneering new forms of interdisciplinary coursework such as building a machine learning algorithm to predict loan default and developing a smart contract-powered service which executes the proxy voting process on Blockchain. My research interest lies in the power of data and its complex interplay with competition, privacy and discrimination law. The MLF course has empowered me to deploy the understanding of financial economics and technology to facilitate the analysis of corporate transactions and regulation.

 

Domenico Piers De Martino

MSc Law and Finance Graduate 

I have recently obtained a Master's degree in Law and Finance from the University of Oxford. During the academic year, I became the President of the Oxford Fintech and Legaltech Society where I deepened my understanding of the transformations and challenges that are brought by the advent of new technologies, to the legal and financial services industries. Previously, I received a five-year Law degree from the University of Florence, Italy. There I was selected for two exchange programs: the first one in the UK at the University of Leicester and the second one in Australia at Monash University. In terms of my professional experience, as a Trainee Lawyer in Italy I have been working in tax and commercial litigation. I also qualified as a commercial mediator in Australia in 2016.

 

 

Alexandra Catherine Swanepoel

MSt in International Human Rights Law Candidate

I am an Admitted Attorney of the High Court of South Africa, having practiced banking and finance law for just over two years. I previously completed my economics & finance and LLB degrees at the University of Cape Town, where I focused on the merging of technology and law. I am currently a Chevening Scholar at University College London, reading for the MPA in Science, Engineering and Public Policy, where my thesis is focused on health systems preparedness for pandemics in sub-Saharan Africa. I will be reading for the MSt in International Human Rights Law at New College from September 2020 whilst working for a healthtech startup. I'm most passionate about using technology and digital innovation to solve complex challenges in health and law in order to help make people's lives easier.

 

Eirini Tsoutsou

MSc Law and Finance Graduate

I am a recent graduate of the MSc in Law and Finance from The Queen’s College, University of Oxford. During my time there, I was a Researcher for LegalTech in the Oxford Fintech & Legaltech Society. Previously, I obtained my LL.B. from the University of Athens, Greece, where I also participated in the international moot competition for commercial arbitration.  I am interested in corporate law, competition law, and dispute resolution. The interplay between law and finance, as well as law and technology, also fascinates me, and especially the role it can play in the above legal areas.