Friday lunchtime lecture: Hacking the law system – open legal data in Europe

Friday 20 March 2015, 1:00pm - 1:00pm

The Open Data Institute, 65 Clifton Street, London, EC2A 4JE

You bring your lunch, we provide tea & coffee, an interesting talk, and enough time to get back to your desk.

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What can opening access to law achieve? The answer is simple, it can result in a more and wider legal knowledge, which means a “better informed citizenry”.

Openlaws.eu is a DG Justice project intended to give citizens better access to legislation, case law and commentary in the UK, Netherlands and Austria. Professor Chris Marsden will discuss the benefits that might come out of a wider legal knowledge, including: more litigation, more mediation, better consumer contracts, lower contract costs, better spread of liabilities, better protection for those whose rights are abused and so on.

Professor Chris Marsden is Professor of Internet & Media Law at the University of Sussex, working at the intersection of law, social science and computer science. His latest book is Regulating Code (MIT Press, 2013) with Professor Ian Brown.