Code and Conduct: the future of legal professions

Hosted by the Department of Law

Old Theatre, Old Building


Christina Blacklaws

Professor Veerle Heyvaert

Dr Orla Lynskey

Dr Eva Micheler

Lord Reed & Richard Susskind


Professor Andrew Murray

Advances in IT have had a significant impact on lawyering and law. How can we harness the transformative power of digitalisation without sacrificing law’s humanity?

In this roundtable discussion, we reflect on information technology’s transformative impact on lawyering and on law. Advances in IT have already had a significant impact on how the legal professions are organised and how justice is dispensed. The rate of change is only likely to increase in the coming decades, potentially transforming the nature of lawyering and of law itself in an irreversible way. This discussion is an opportunity to take stock of past achievements and failures, and to reflect on the fundamental importance of harnessing the transformative power of digitalisation without sacrificing law’s humanity. The discussion will be organised in three themes: IT and transformation of the working environment in legal practice; IT and transformation of adjudicative processes; IT and transformation of access to justice. 

Christina Blacklaws is the immediate past president of the Law Society and Chair of government technology panels.

Veerle Heyvaert is Professor of Law, LSE.

Orla Lynskey (@lynskeyo) is Associate Professor, LSE.

Eva Micheler is Associate Professor, LSE.

Lord Reed is incoming President of the UK Supreme Court.

Richard Susskind (@richardsusskind) is Technology Adviser to the Lord Chief Justice.

Andrew Murray (@AndrewDMurray) is Professor of Law at LSE’s Department of Law.

LSE's Department of Law (@LSELaw) is one of the world’s top law schools. The Department ranked first for research outputs in the UK’s most recent Research Excellence Framework and has consistently been among the top 10 departments to study Law in the world according to the QS World University rankings. Our staff play a major role in helping to shape policy debates and in the education of current and future lawyers and legal scholars from around the world.

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