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BILETA conference - University of Exeter 2022

 

The 37th annual BILETA conference will be held at the University of Exeter between April 12 and April 14 2022. BILETA warmly invites individuals to attend and participate in its critical and topical discussions on the future of law, technology and legal education. Papers are welcome from academics, researchers, practitioners, postgraduate students, those in business or practice, activists and anyone else with an interest in technology in the law (broadly construed) and legal education. Participants are welcome from any country to enjoy the scholarly, social and cultural experience of BILETA. In 2022, attendees will be meeting concurrently online and on the picturesque Streatham Campus. It will be a fully hybrid conference. The theme is a consideration of the importance of creativity in law.

 

What is BILETA?

The British and Irish Law Education Technology Association (BILETA) was formed in April 1986 to promote, develop and communicate high-quality research and knowledge on technology law and policy to organisations, governments, professionals, students and the public. BILETA also promotes the use of and research into technology at all stages of education. We are one of the largest and oldest Technology Law Associations in Europe and amongst our activities we –

 

• Fund seminars and research projects
• Allow members to apply for research funding
• Provide information on technology in legal developments
• Support relevant academic journals such as The European Journal of Law and Technology and International Review of Law Computers and Technology
• Make representations on technology and law to policy consultations through the production of written reports and responses
• Liaise with other academic and professional organisations

 

Our annual conference this year is our 37th, and we warmly invites individuals to attend and participate in its critical and topical discussions on the future of law, technology and legal education. Papers are welcome from academics, researchers, practitioners, postgraduate students, those in business or practice, activists and anyone else with an interest in technology in the law (broadly construed) and legal education. Participants are welcome from any country to enjoy the scholarly, social and cultural experience of BILETA. We will be meeting concurrently online and on the picturesque campus of the University of Exeter. It is a fully hybrid conference. The theme is a consideration of the importance of creativity in law.

Creativity is everywhere, yet we might argue that our laws do not fully realise the extent to which it has been critical for the development of society. Creativity has been of central importance to the development of the modern state, and yet creativity is something that has become increasingly side-lined. Concepts such as property can increasingly look outdated in the era of modern digital technologies. This has been particularly apparent with the development of new machinic technologies, such as 3D printing, as it has often been in the past with other technological developments. It is therefore only logical that a central theme of this conference should be to assess the importance of creativity in society, its role in legal regulation, and whether or not we should consider it more directly within law.
We will have a number of parallel sessions, which will include:


• Privacy, data protection and surveillance
• Legal education, regulation, and technology-enhanced learning
• Intellectual property law and technology
• Digital cultures
• Cybercrime and cyber security
• Digital, cloud and internet regulation and governance
• E-commerce, m-commerce and e-governance
• Communications law and regulation
• Future technologies and law
• Human rights and technology
• Sustainability, energy, technologies and law
• Development and rural challenges

 

Conference details can be found at https://www.bileta.org.uk/news/37th-bileta-conference-2022-april-12-14th-university-of-exeter/ and booking can be made at https://app.oxfordabstracts.com/events/2676/registrations/new


The draft programme will shortly be made available at the above links. Any queries can be directed to the conference chair, Dr James Griffin at j.g.h.griffin@exeter.ac.uk and/or to the organiser Kirsty Melvin at Kirsty@kirstymelvin.co.uk