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Oxford Handbook on the Law and Regulation of Technology

Water DropletsTELOS researchers are engaged in a ground-breaking and ambitious project which seeks to bring together the world’s leading scholars to evaluate current thinking and provide original argument about debates in law and regulation as they affect, and are affected by, the emergence of new technologies. The outcome of this project will be published as The Oxford Handbook on the Law and Regulation of Technology by Oxford University Press in 2016.

This project sprang from recognition that most ‘law and technology’ scholarship has hitherto been concerned with identifying the need for regulation of new technologies and focused on specific technologies or technological applications in a particular social context and by reference to a fairly narrowly defined set of legal principles and related values. It is difficult to find academic research that looks more generally across a range of new and emerging technologies across a wide range of policy domains, nor much academic work that considers the wider implications for law as an institution more generally.

Contributions to this project will be organised around the following four principal sets of questions:

  • What is the basis and nature of the requirement of legitimacy upon which law, regulation, and technology depend? In particular, what are the core values and ideals that set the relevant limits and standards for judgments of legitimate regulatory intervention and technological application? (Part II)
  • In what ways can developments in technology put pressure on existing legal concepts (such as property and privacy) and legal institutions, and provoke doctrinal change and legal change more generally? In what ways are technological developments themselves informed by the legal status quo? (Part III)
  • In what ways have technological developments prompted innovations in, or challenges for, the forms, institutions, and processes of regulation? (Part IV)
  • How have law, technology and regulation impacted on the key fields of global policy and practice (namely, food and water; medicine and health; population, reproduction and the family; trade and commerce; public security; communications, media and culture; and energy, climate change and the environment)? Which interventions are conducive to human flourishing, which are negative, which are counter-productive, and so on? (Part V)

Our hope is that this Handbook will not only become a touchstone text in thinking about law, technology and regulation, but will drive academic and policy reflection on the many rich and complex interactions between law, technology and regulation from the periphery of legal debate into centre stage.

For more information on this project, please contact the editors:

Dr Eloise Scotford
Professor Roger Brownsword
Professor Karen Yeung

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