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Professor Roger Brownsword

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Roger Brownsword, who is a graduate of the London School of Economics, has been an academic lawyer for more than 40 years. Currently, he is Professor of Law at King’s College London, where he was the founding director of TELOS (a research centre that focuses on technology, ethics, law and society), an honorary professor at the University of Sheffield, and a visiting professor at Singapore Management University.

He has published more than a dozen books, including (in the area of regulation and technology) Rights, Regulation and the Technological Revolution (OUP, 2008), Regulating Technologies (Hart, 2008) (co-edited with Karen Yeung), and Law and the Technologies of the Twenty-First Century (co-authored with Morag Goodwin) (CUP, 2012); and he has more than 200 papers in edited collections and law reviews. He is currently co-editing the Cambridge Handbook on Human Dignity (which is in press) and just starting work on co-editing the Oxford Handbook on Law, Regulation and Technology.

He is the founding general editor of the leading European journal, Law, Innovation and Technology as well as being on the editorial board or committee of journals that include the Modern Law Review, the International Journal of Law and Information Technology, and the (upcoming) Journal of Law and the Biosciences.  

Professor Brownsword has acted as a specialist adviser to parliamentary committees dealing with stems cells and hybrid embryos. From 2004-2010, he was a member of the Nuffield Council on Bioethics; and, currently, he is Chair of the Ethics and Governance Council of UK Biobank. He was a member of the Law panel for the UK RAE2008 and he is a member of the international Law panel for the national research assessment being conducted in Hong Kong in 2014.

Research interests and PhD supervision

As a researcher, writing about contracts and the common law, legal theory, bioethics, and the regulation of technology, Professor Brownsword’s work is known around the world. Although most of his work has been published in the United Kingdom, he has also published papers in Australia, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, Denmark, France, Germany, the Netherlands, Singapore, and the United States.

 For more than twenty years, Professor Brownsword’s has collaborated with Professor Deryck Beyleveld in developing a distinctive morally-driven approach to law. The foundations of this approach are set out in Law as a Moral Judgment (1986) and it is taken forward in Human Dignity in Bioethics and Biolaw (2001) and Consent in the Law (2007).

PhD students & topics

  • Hailemichael T Demissie, PhD: 'Taming matter for the welfare of Humanity: Towards a Beneficient Regulatory Regime of Nanotechnology'.
  • Michela T Menting Yoell, PhD: 'Information Technology Law, Internet legislation in areas of crime and security'.
Selected publications
  • "Criminal Law, Regulatory Frameworks and Public Health" in A.M. Viens, J, Coggon, and A. Kessel (eds) Criminal Law, Regulatory Frameworks and Public Health (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2013) 19-41
  • “Human Dignity, Human Rights, and Simply Trying to Do the Right Thing” in Christopher McCrudden (ed), Understanding Human Dignity (Oxford: Proceedings of the British Academy and Oxford University Press, 2013) 470-490
  • “Contracts with Network Effects—Is the Time Now Right?” in Stefan Grundmann (ed), From Exchange to Cooperation—Networks and Long-Term Relationships in European Contract Law (Aldershot: Ashgate, 2013) 137-163
  • Post-Technique: The New Social Contract Today” in David Campbell, Linda Mulcahy and Sally Wheeler (eds), Changing Concepts of Contract (Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, 2013) 14-37
  • "Regulating Brain Imaging: Questions of Privacy, Informed Consent and Human Dignity" in Edwards, S. J. L., Richmond, S. & Rees, G. (eds) I Know What You're Thinking: Brain imaging and mental privacy (Oxford University Press, 2012) 223-244
  • "Lost in Translation: Legality, Regulatory Margins, and Technological Management" (2011) 26(3) Berkeley Technology Law Journal 1321-1365
  • "Responsible Regulation: Prudence, Precaution and Stewardship" (2011) 62(5) Northern Ireland Legal Quarterly 573-597
  • “The Theoretical Foundations of European Private Law: A Time to Stand and Stare” in Roger Brownsword, Hans Micklitz, Leone Niglia, and Steven Weatherill (eds), The Foundations of European Private Law (Oxford: Hart, 2011) 159-174
  • Roger Brownsword, co-edited with Karen Yeung: Regulating Technologies, Hart, 2008
  • Roger Brownsword: Rights, Regulation, and the Technological Revolution, Oxford University Press, 2008 
  • Deryck Beyleveld and Roger Brownsword: Consent in the Law, Oxford, Hart, 2007
  • Roger Brownsword: Contract Law: Themes for the Twenty-First Century (2nd ed) (Oxford, Oxford University Press, 2006)
  • Code, Control, and Choice: Why East is East and West is West” (2005) 21 Legal Studies 1-21
  • Stem Cells and Cloning: Where the Regulatory Consensus Fails” (2005) 39 New England Law Review 535-571
  • “What the World Needs Now: Techno-Regulation, Human Rights and Human Dignity” in Roger Brownsword (ed) Human Rights ( Oxford: Hart, 2004) 203-234

View full list of Professor Brownsword’s publications.



  •  Law & the Technologies of the Twenty-First Century


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