The Emergence of Computational Legal Studies Conference 2018

Organized by the Law and Technology Centre, Faculty of Law, the University of Hong Kong

The Emergence of Computational Legal Studies:
The Promises and Challenges of Data-Driven Legal Research

Date: June 28 – 29, 2018 (Thursday – Friday)
Time: 10am-6pm (June 28), 10am-12:30pm (June 29)
Venue: 11/F Academic Conference Room, Cheng Yu Tung Tower, HKU

*Participation at the Conference is by invitation only*

In recent decades, technology has had a profound influence on the practice of law, and the legal education landscape. Meanwhile, it has also begun to transform the way that scholars perform empirical legal research.  Improved access to data, increased computational power, and the development of new analytic techniques have led to the emergence of a body of work that some refer to as “Computational Legal Studies.”

Much of the scholarly discourse surrounding “Law and Technology” has focused on either the doctrinal issues raised by technological developments, or the impact of legal technologies on the practice of the law. Meanwhile, comparatively little attention has been paid to Computational Legal Studies as such.

Our definition of Computational Legal Studies is expansive, including:
• Research that applies computational data processing or analytic methods to questions of interest to legal scholars
• Work that explores computational legal studies as a sub-discipline
• Methodological work that develops or assess computational methods of interest to legal scholars

Scholars who are studying the use of any-and-all computational methods including: machine learning, natural language processing, large-data set analysis, network analysis, computer simulation and modeling, computational data collection, etc. are welcome to join.

Charlotte Alexander, Associate Professor, J. Mack Robinson College of Business Georgia State University
Gabriele Spina Ali, Ph.D, the University of Hong Kong
Wolfgang Alschner, Assistant Professor, University of Ottawa School of Law
Elliott Ash, Assistant Professor of Law, Economics, and Data Science Zurich ETH
Kevin Ashley, Professor of Law and Intelligent Systems University of Pittsburg
Philip Chung, Associate Professor, UNSW Australia School of Law
Paul Gowder, Professor, University of Iowa School of Law
Daniel Martin Katz, Associate Professor, Chicago–Kent College of Law
Malcolm Langford, Professor of Public Law, University of Oslo
David Law, Sir Y.K. Pao Chair in Public Law, the University of Hong Kong
Nicola Lettieri, Researcher at the National Institute for Public Policy Analysis (Rome)
Zhuang Liu, Assistant Professor of Law & Economics, CUHK Shenzhen
Michael Livermore, Professor, University of Virginia, School of Law
Andrew Mowbray, Professor, University of Technology Sydney
Henrik Palmer Olsen, Professor of Jurisprudence, University of Copenhagen
Frank Pasquale, Professor, University of Maryland School of Law
Jon Penney, Assistant Professor, Schulich School of Law Dalhousie University
Alex Schwartz, Assistant Professor, the University of Hong Kong Faculty of Law
Nicolas Suzor, Associate Professor, QUT School of Law
Annemiecke van den Dool, PhD Candidate, University of Amsterdam School of Law
Mattias van den Dool Enebjörk, B.Sc Student, Mid-Sweden University Department of Computer and System Science
Gijs van Dijck, Professor of Private Law, Maastricht University
Nina Varsava, PhD Candidate, Stanford University
Ryan Whalen, Assistant Professor, the University of Hong Kong Faculty of Law
S. Alex Yang, London Business School
Ronald Yu, Ronald Yu, Board Member, IIPCC
Angela Zhang, Associate Professor, the University of Hong Kong Faculty of Law

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