SCL World Café: Building a Tech Law Curriculum - Friday 15 November 2019, London

When: 15/11/2019

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Establishing a tech law curriculum that addresses the current and future needs of our rapidly-changing sector

Date: Friday 15 November 2019
Time: 10 am - 4 pm (Registration from 9.15 am)
Venue: DLA Piper (UK) LLP, 160 Aldersgate St, Barbican, London EC1A 4HT Map

This event is sponsored by DLA Piper (UK) LLP

@computersandlaw @DLA_Piper

Attendance is free of charge
- please see below

SCL World Café - The Challenge:

To help ensure that the legal system can survive and adapt itself to technological challenges, law students and qualified lawyers must understand technology and the law that applies to it, with a view to promoting and protecting access to justice for all; the Rule of Law; the protection of fundamental rights; and safeguarding public administration and the constitution. With that objective, this event will explore the following issues with a view to producing a green paper to help guide the evolution of the tech law curriculum:

1. What technology-related skills/qualities should society reasonably expect from law graduates and qualified lawyers? 

2. Should tech skills be taught as part of the university curriculum or as part of the curriculum of other vocational training?

3. How can lawyers and law students practicably identify, understand and address the externalities and consequences of incentives designed to circumvent existing law (e.g. tax breaks and other exemptions from liability?

4. How can lawyers and law students practicably identify, understand and address the advent and use of technology to ‘hack’ the law or society itself (e.g. crypto-currencies/DLT, subversion of electoral controls, using artificial intelligence and fake news, use of private/encrypted communications by ministers, officials and their advisers)? 

5. How can educators practicably ensure that legal and compliance management/staff remain aware of the jurisprudential/ethical roots of regulation and compliance policies/programmes in areas such as privacy, freedom of information, information security, electoral regulation, public administration? 

6. What reasonably practicable steps can be taken to ensure that the ethical and responsible application of the law to technology is not subverted in practice?

Who should attend?

  • Partners in law firms
  • In-house General Counsel and Associate General Counsel
  • Heads of HR
  • Legal recruiters
  • Heads of law schools
  • The SRA
  • The Bar Council
  • Law students
  • Trainee lawyers
  • Employers in the wider tech industry
  • Anyone interested in the future of the tech law profession.

Administration notes:

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