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The Future of Ideas

Andrew Katz of Moorcrofts reviews The Future of Ideas by Lawrence Lessig, published 2001 Random House, New York. He also gives a taste of the breadth of thinking in the book.

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Expert Determination - A Wolf in Sheep's Clothing?

Those who have dealt with a failed systems development project know that the complex legal and factual issues that arise represent a veritable ‘dripping roast’ for dispute lawyers. Coupled with the advent of the new Civil Procedure Rules in 1999, it is little wonder that dispute resolution clauses in IT contracts have become ever more prescriptive. We now often find disputes being categorised into technical, legal or commercial issues and to each is then applied an escalating range of medicines, from meetings between executives, to mediation, litigation or more and more frequently expert determination. Tim Toomey of v-lex questions this extended use of expert determination.

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New Structure for SCL

SCL members will shortly receive a letter from the Joint Chairmen setting out a series of proposals for the better management of the Society. The new structure aims to address two particular issues: the need to make the best possible use of the time donated to the Society by those making the greatest contribution to its management and the need to ensure that the SCL Groups are encouraged to be active and creative and have the opportunity to liaise effectively with those involved in overall policy and management.

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Editorial

Laurence Eastham looks at two articles in this issue, admits (one of) his failings and dabbles in legal comment.

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BAILLI: Business Plan and Call for Funds

So much has been written in these pages over the years about the pursuit of free access to law that it is easy to forget that we are still at the stage of needing to push hard over the final hurdles to make the dream reality. BAILII is now fully effective as an important source of primary law, is a fully operational charity based at the Institute of Advanced Legal Studies and has its first employee. But it needs more funding to get it through the transitional period which will allow it to be fully independent and able to operate effectively without the extensive and much valued support it has received from AustLII.

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Can Technology Transform the Judicial System?

Can the legal system operate in new, innovative ways capitalising on what new technology has to offer? This is an abridged and edited version of Lord Justice Brooke’s speech at the Foundation for Science and Technology in December.

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The BadTrans Virus and E-conveyancing

Raymond Perry analyses the significance of a recent e-mail virus and asks what the implications are for the introduction of e-conveyancing.

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ASP – What’s It All About?

ASPs have been around for a couple of years now. However, reactions to the concept have been mixed and opinion as to its efficacy and worth is still divided. Much of the opinion appearing in the press has in fact been quite negative. But does it really deserve such scorn and can it be written off so easily? Doug McLachlan of Axxia looks at the merits and demerits.

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Windows XP Upgrading 101

In Which Neil Cameron Goes Through All The Pain So That You (Dear Reader) Don’t Have To.

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Web Site Design and the Disability Discrimination Act 1995

“The Internet is a wonderful thing for the disabled. You should be proud of your achievement in making the life of the disabled so much better.” Rabbi Lionel Blue, OBE at the Annual Dinner of The British Computer Society held on 12 November, 2001. Stephen Mason and Catherine Casserley explain why this is not always so – and what the law requires.

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