Co-Chairs: Professor Jane Kaye and Professor Justine Pila
Few areas of Law have escaped the disruptive effects of advanced digital and bio technologies. It is therefore not surprising that technology features so prominently in the academic work of Oxford Law Faculty members, from artificial intelligence and smart contracts to Big Data/data analytics, cryptocurrencies, contact tracing and Covid-19 vaccines.
Beyond the study of individual technologies and discrete legal areas, Law and Technology has been a focus of teaching and research at Oxford for over 20 years. The earliest Law and Tech course was almost certainly Patent Law, studying the use of property rights to encourage research and development across all fields of technology. From this beginning have evolved other dedicated Law and Tech teaching programmes, including (chronologically) a BCL/MJur Regulation option, focused on the impact of advanced digital and bio technologies on traditional methods of regulation by the state; an FHS Jurisprudence Law, Regulation and Technology mini-option, focused on the legal philosophical implications of regulating Big Data and Cyberspace; a BCL/MJur Law and Computer Science course, aimed at fostering legal/computer science collaboration; and FHS and BCL/MJur Law and Technology options, focused on cutting-edge issues at the Law and Technology interface.
Alongside these dedicated teaching programmes are a wide range of Law and Technology research projects and other activities involving the Faculty’s various Research Centres and Groups. Among the research projects currently underway are the Bonavero Institute’s Emerging Digital Rights initiative, the Centre for Socio-Legal Study’s Programmes in Regulation and Governance and Law in a Digital World: Comparative Media Law and Policy, the Health, Law and Emerging Technology (HeLEX) Centre’s projects on AI in Healthcare, Governance of Health Data in Cyberspace, and Biomodifying Technologies, and the interdisciplinary (Law, Economics, Computer Science, Education and Said Business School) AI and English Law project. The Faculty also hosts a Law and Emerging Technologies invited speaker series, a Future of Technology and Society discussion group, and other informal meetings for the growing number of doctoral students working on different aspects of Law and Technology.
The aim of this page is to provide a portal to the variety of Law and Tech academic programmes and activities being undertaken in different parts of the Oxford Law Faculty. On it you will find links to projects, blog posts and podcasts by Faculty members. Many of the items have appeared in different publications previously and they are all recreated with permission.