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Law and Technology Initiative (LaTI)

Launched in September 2018, the Law and Technology Initiative at The University of Manchester serves as a dynamic platform between industry stakeholders, regulatory communities and academics within the Alliance Manchester Business School (AMBS), Department of Computer Science and the School of Law.

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The Initiative will provide a trusted space in which participating firms and University experts can examine some of the more challenging questions that are arising for the legal sector as a consequence of the emergence of new technologies.

The Initiative brings together practice and research to identify dangers and facilitate opportunities in future policy directions at the interface of law and technology, and to develop the next-generation workforce through innovative curriculum and skills training.

The Initiative invites industry leaders to apply for membership and offers media and policy bodies access to a wide range of experts and closed events.

People

The Law and Technology Initiative brings together industry stakeholders, regulatory communities and academics within the Alliance Manchester Business School (AMBS), School of Computer Science and the School of Law.

Academic directors

  • John D. Haskell - Senior Lecturer, School of Law
  • Bijan Parsia - Senior Lecturer, School of Computer Science 
  • Nadia Papamichail - Senior Lecturer in Information and Decision Systems, Alliance Manchester Business School (AMBS)

Administrative team

  • Rachel Kenyon - University of Manchester Business Engagement Lead for FinTech, LegalTech & Cyber Security
  • William Bevin-Nicholls - External Relations Officer
  • Sophie Theis - External Relations Assistant

Initiative members

Get involved

The Initiative brings together practice and research to identify dangers and facilitate opportunities in future policy directions at the interface of law and technology, and to develop the next-generation workforce through innovative curriculum and skills training.

We invite industry leaders to apply for membership and offer media and policy bodies access to a wide range of experts and closed events.

For more information about how to apply for membership or learn more about the Initiative, please email Rachel Kenyon.

Activities

The Initiative brings together practice and research to identify dangers and facilitate opportunities in future policy directions at the interface of law and technology, and to develop the next-generation workforce through innovative curriculum and skills training.

Curriculum

The Initiative is currently running a course, Legal Tech and Access to Justice, at the School of Law in Spring 2019.

The course is open to undergraduates and brings together industry leaders, cross-disciplinary academics in partnership with Neota Logic and select non-profit organisations.

Students work with the non-profit clients and coding teams to develop experience working collaboratively through a product cycle from design to licensing, culminating in an automated service for real-world use by the clients.

In the next few years, the Initiative will offer an expanded list of course offerings designed in partnership with industry and regulatory-oriented members.

News and events

Initiative members are regularly involved in events and work at the forefront of law and technology.