The Lab works with a range of stakeholders on projects aimed at enhancing interdisciplinary understanding of the various uses and impacts of deep technologies in dispute resolution and the legal landscape generally. One project that we would like to spotlight this month is our research on the relationship between Lawtech and sustainability, specifically in relation to the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), which is perhaps the first study of its kind.

In times of COVID-19, which represents the most catastrophic health, social, and economic crisis in living memory, the United Nation's SDGs are more relevant today than ever before. It has been recognised that the legal profession can significantly contribute to advancing the SDGs. As the legal sector increasingly adopts a range of new technologies, the potential impact of Lawtech on sustainable development, as well as the associated opportunities and risks, have not been explored in depth. The little attention paid to sustainable development issues in the current Lawtech ecosystem stands in stark contrast to the Fintech sector, where digital finance, sustainability and sustainable development issues have become a highly visible agenda in recent years. To address this gap, in the coming months, our Deep Tech Dispute Resolution Lab will be producing an independent research report titled Lawtech and Sustainable Development: a New Agenda. 

We would like to invite all stakeholders (legal profession, lawtech providers, businesses, government, industry bodies, academia, etc) to participate in a survey, the findings of which will directly feed into our report. We very much value your input into this research, which we hope will generate significant policy and practical outcomes for the Lawtech ecosystem and beyond.

The link to the survey is here: 

The survey will take around 5 minutes and should be submitted by 18 October 2020. All responses are confidential and individual respondents are not identified. Please contact Dr Mimi Zou at if you have any questions about the survey or the study. We look forward to your insights!

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