The Oxford Fintech & Legaltech Society will be hosting Dr Mimi Zou, Co-founder of the Oxford Deep Tech Dispute Resolution Lab on 1 December (Tuesday), from 5 pm – 6 pm (GMT) for a talk on Lawtech and Sustainable Development. Dr Zou is leading the first-ever study of the relationship between Lawtech and the UN Sustainable Development Goals, which aims to provide set a new agenda in this area for the legal sector and beyond.

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About the session:

It has been recognised that the legal profession can significantly contribute to advancing the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). As the sector increasingly adopts new technologies, the potential impact of Lawtech on sustainable development, as well as the associated opportunities, challenges, and risks, has not been explored in detail. The relatively little attention paid to sustainable development issues in Lawtech stands in striking contrast to Fintech, where the role of digital finance in promoting a range of SDGs has become a highly visible agenda in recent years. The Oxford Deep Tech Dispute Resolution Lab, led by Dr Mimi Zou, has been undertaking the first-ever study on the relationship between Lawtech and sustainable development. Over the past few months, Dr Zou and her team have surveyed and interviewed over 100 stakeholders in the Lawtech ecosystem. In this session, she will present some of the key findings and preliminary recommendations from the study so far.

About the speaker:
Dr Mimi Zou is co-founder and Principal Investigator of the Deep Tech Dispute Resolution Lab at Oxford and the Director of Studies in Law at Regent's Park College. Her Lab is a leading hub of interdisciplinary and multi-stakeholder cooperation aimed at advancing the study of deep technologies in dispute resolution. Dr Zou is a member of the World Economic Forum Experts Network in the areas of China, Justice, and Blockchain, World Bank's Access to Justice and Technology Taskforce, and the UNIDROIT Working Group on Digital Assets and Private Law. Her research has won international awards and been covered by international media outlets. Dr Zou is a qualified lawyer in Australia and England and Wales, with over 17 years of experience working for and advising international organisations, government departments, and firms in tech and professional services sectors in China, Europe, USA, and Australasia.