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Regulating the Decentralised Autonomous Organisation

Dr John Picton (Reader in Law, University of Manchester) and Dr Matthew Shillito (Lecturer in Law, University of Liverpool) Decentralised Autonomous Organisations (DAOs) are digital communities. In its classic form, a DAO will have a purpose, such as making investments and loaning funds. Alternatively, it might fundraise for a collective cause, such as a Constitution…

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SLS Annual Hale Lecture 2023

Photo credit: Ann Lane The 2023 Society of Legal Scholars Annual Hale Lecture was delivered by the Hon. Mr. Justice Gerard Hogan of the Supreme Court of Ireland on 24 October 2023 on the topic of ‘Grundnormen in UK and Irish Constitutional Law’.  The lecture was hosted by Trinity College Dublin and our Irish Convenor, Desmond Ryan, with Baroness…

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Webinar Recording: ‘Influencing Law Reform: Tips for Effective Engagement with the Law Commission’

Thank you to all those that joined us for the ‘Influencing Law Reform: Tips for Effective Engagement with the Law Commission’ webinar on Friday 22 September. The recording of the webinar can be viewed here and the presentation slides are available to view here. A huge thank you to the presenters, Professor Nick Hopkins, Dr…

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Deepfakes & the Law Conference

By Rebecca Moosavian & Dr Tom Bennett One of the most fascinating and disconcerting technologies of the emerging AI-era is the ‘deepfake’ which manipulates video and photographic material, enabling users to create highly realistic footage of ‘target’ individuals saying or doing things that never actually happened. Deepfake technology has a range of legitimate, creative applications…

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Shifting Dynamics in Medical Law

We are delighted to be awarded SLS small events and projects funding for our event ‘Shifting Dynamics in Medical Law: New Spaces, Temporalities and Actors’. The workshop will explore the shifting landscape of medical law as a discipline, from one which is focused on static analysis of legal doctrine to one which is attentive to…

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The AI Revolution Demands Radical Change to Law Curricula

This article was published in the Spring 2023 edition of The Reporter. The idea for my experiment with ChatGPT, the next-generation AI text generation bot, came from a chemistry colleague who told me that it could outperform some of his undergraduate students in their final exams. I had a mini panic attack when I heard…

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Reforming The Human Fertilisation and Embryology Act 1990: Consent And Posthumous Conception

Lisa Cherkassky, Senior Lecturer in Medical Law, has been awarded £2,500 by the Small Projects and Events Fund to host a one-day workshop in Spring 2024 to explore the proposed reform of the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Act 1990 (‘the 1990 Act’), with a focus on informed consent. The Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority (‘the…

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Exploring The Intersections Between Law and Artificial Intelligence – A One-Day In-Person/Virtual Workshop

When: Friday, 15 September 2023 The workshop is funded by the SLS Small Projects and Events Fund This is a free event, including lunch and refreshments. The event will be streamed via MS Teams. The link will be made available to participants who register for the event. To register for this free, in-person/virtual event: Click…

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Lessons from REF 2021 Webinar – Recording Available Now

Thank you to all those that joined us on Tuesday 4 October 2022 for the Lessons from REF 2021 webinar.  If you weren’t able to join us then you can watch the recording here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=njnVZ-ChZBE A huge thank you to Professor Joanne Conaghan (chair of the Law Sub-Panel) and Professor Lucy Vickers for sharing their…

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The Implications of the SQE for Legal Education

‘The Implications of the SQE for Legal Education’ presentation delivered by Professor Stephen Bailey at the Annual SLS Conference 2021, Durham University is available to view here. The presentation took place on 1 September 2021 as part of the Future Challenges for Legal Education Plenary Session.