Last month UNSW Sydney and law firm Allens officially launched the Allens Hub for Technology, Law & Innovation, unveiling 10 new research streams to tackle legal issues surrounding data, artificial intelligence, privacy, online social collaboration, intellectual property and digital platforms.
The Allens Hub's research streams, led by UNSW academics and supported by real-world experience at Allens, will investigate a wide range of issues, including data as a source of market power, the concept of legal responsibility for artificial intelligence, the legal status of synthetic life forms and legal models governing cooperatives' use of digital platforms.
The new streams will sit alongside the FLIP Stream, a collaboration announced in November between the Law Society of NSW and UNSW Law that will consider and respond to questions raised by the Law Society's The Future of Law and Innovation in the Profession (FLIP) report.
The Honourable Malcolm Turnbull MP, Prime Minister of Australia, has recognised the important role that the Allens Hub will play in addressing some of the challenges that rapid digital and technological innovation presents to the law and the legal system.
“The Allens Hub for Technology, Law and Innovation will be an important contributor to the debate about how we can make the most of the opportunities and respond to the risks posed by digital disruption, and how we can support individuals and organisations to continue operating with confidence and certainty," Mr Turnbull said.
"Our long-term economic future depends on us getting these considerations right, so it is with admiration and thanks that I acknowledge the efforts of Allens, UNSW, and the Law Society of New South Wales, in establishing this joint initiative. I wish Allens Hub for Technology, Law and Innovation every success in the time ahead.”
Announced in November 2017, the Allens Hub is one of the first of its kind in the world. For more information, visit allenshub.unsw.edu.au