What do EU Emissions Trading Scheme, Green Energy Trading Microgrid, Shareholder Proxy Voting, and Smart Tickets have in common? They have been scrutinized by our interdisciplinary teams of students as part of the inaugural Law and Computer Science course led by Prof Rebecca Williams (Law) and Prof Tom Melham (Computer Science).

Four teams of students demonstrated that collaboration between the Oxford Faculty of Law graduates and their colleagues from the Oxford Department Computer Science can swiftly turn into a number of fascinating entrepreneurial ideas as well as impressive practical implementation of those ideas. During the last five months, the students have developed their projects from scratch, building on their domain expertise and on new insights gained from the series of seminars, each of which was jointly delivered by faculty members of both departments during this academic year.

On Thursday, 12 March, the student teams of six presented their projects and pilot products concerning the four themes mentioned above to a diverse professional audience. A funding pitch-like environment got the students to think about some difficult legal, technical, business and other questions from representatives of Allen & Overy, Slaughter and May, Clifford Chance, Innovate UK, Oxford Sciences Innovation, and Barclays Eagle Labs. The entire event was conducted fully online.

The course and practical lab sessions for our students are closely linked with a large-scale research programme titled Unlocking the Potential of Artificial Intelligence for English Law. If you want to learn more about the course and the programme, or are interested in sponsoring opportunities, please write to the project administrator.