Burkard Schafer

Photo of Burkard Schafer“It’s a computer m’lord”: law and regulation for the digital economy

Law thrives on distinctions. Converging technologies challenge these categories. The presentation talks about current projects in the school of law to think in new ways about the tole of law to further or hinder the digital economy, using the CREATE network as an example, but going beyond the narrow scope of IP in the digital economy, looking at ways in which law can contribute to a dignified life in digital worlds.


I am Chair of Computational Legal Theory in the School of Law. I studied Theory of Science, Logic, Theoretical Linguistics, Philosophy and Law at the Universities of Mainz, Munich, Florence and Lancaster. My main field of interest is the interaction between law, science and computer technology, especially computer linguistics. As a co-founder and co-director  of the  Joseph Bell Centre for Legal Reasoning and Forensic Statistics, I help to develop new approaches to assist lawyers in evaluating scientific evidence and develop computer models which embody these techniques. I’m currenty the Director of the SCRIPT Centre for IT and IP law,  working mainly on issues such as privacy compliant software achitecture and more generally the scope and limits of representing legal concepts directly  in the internet infrastructure.