Legal leaders to tackle law and technology

10 Jan 2019

Some of Australia’s top legal minds will gather at The University of Queensland to collaborate on the relationship of law to emerging technologies as part of an international legal summit.

Professor Patrick Parkinson
Prof Patrick Parkinson

UQ’s Law School, in collaboration with the Centre for Legal Innovation at the College of Law, will be the Brisbane host for the World Legal Summit (WLS), an initiative that will see legal experts gather simultaneously across the globe to explore universal issues in the governing of new technologies.

Head of School Professor Patrick Parkinson said the summit intended to secure better understanding of best practice legislation and regulatory structures dealing with emerging technologies in a global context.

“Technology is evolving at a rapid-fire rate, and legislation and regulations need to keep up and take a global approach to ensure development of appropriate systems,” he said.

“UQ has a strong interest in these areas, and experienced researchers who can work with government and industry partners to create frameworks to better deal with emerging technologies and global systems.

“We will invite Australian leaders from the technology, legal, government, and regulatory sectors to participate in this inaugural initiative.”

The summit will be held at UQ on 1 August and will focus on research and understanding.

WLS President Aileen Schultz said there would be dozens of host cities taking part in the initiative, ensuring a multi-jurisdictional approach.

“We are honoured to have UQ Law School join the first year of the WLS, and believe their team is well equipped to get the right stakeholders from across Australia to the discussion,” she said.

“We are incredibly enthusiastic to see the contributions that come out of Brisbane.”

Media: Law communications, Katie Rowney, media@law.uq.edu.au or +61 7 3443 1321.

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