The Amsterdam Law & Technology Institute is delighted to introduce a new initiative created and coordinated by Thibault Schrepel, The “Law + Tech Circle”. The Circle is decentralized, across institutions, without top-down management.
What: The Circle gathers every two months (online) to share ideas at the intersection between law and technological developments. A theme will be shared with all participants several days before each meeting. These meetings consist of a roundtable discussion, with no pre-set presentations or designated speakers. The objective is to create synergies between members of the Circle, and introduce a new voice to the “law & tech” discourse.
Who: The Circle is open to scholars from all backgrounds, i.e., lawyers, computer and data scientists, economists, philosophers, etc., who recognize themselves in the idea of “Law + Tech” (see here). Scholars interested in joining can sign up over here. Chatham House Rule applies, and the meetings are closed to the press.
What it is not: The Circle is not your typical “Law & Tech” gathering. The Circle does not host tech skeptics and dystopians. Scholars join the Circle if they are interested in either/or:
➝ how complexity theory (and evolutionary theories) can help analyze and shape digital laws;
➝ how to use technology to design better laws (“code as law”, “law as code”, “computational law”, etc.) and thus address the limit of legal solutionism (the recasting of all complex social situations in neatly defined problems legal rules can solve on their own);
➝ how legal rules and standards can help tech flourishing, or, at a minimum, how to design regulations that do not hamper tech flourishing (i.e., addressing the issues created by tech while preserving its positive features);
Calendar: The calendar of 2023 meetings will be sent to all members by email, along with the themes associated with each meeting.