We are delighted with the success of our third academic conference,held on 16-17 June 2017. Focused around the concept of “technology”, participants were invited to be creative, and many were extremely innovative, including demonstrations and participation by videoconference from the other side of the globe. In addition, friendships and links were forged, in sessions and in more informal activities, including tweets containing our hashtag that were seen 73,925 times by 36,173 different people. We were also delighted with the number of current students who participated, from NLS, Cambridge, Open University, York University and Hidayatullah National Law University in India. Special thanks go to our NLS student hosts Ciara Higgins and Isbah Mehraj.
The conference also represented our fifth anniversary as a research centre, so we can be forgiven for indulging ourselves a little with truly wondrous cupcakes (and Prosecco). We also enjoyed highly stimulating keynote sessions with Brian Inkster, Ludwig Bull (lawbot and Dennix), Paul Maharg from NLS and Osgoode Hall, and Craig Newbery-Jones from Plymouth University Law School.
Participants came from Canada, China, Egypt, Germany, Hungary, India, Libya, South Africa, the UK and USA. Details of the conference recorded live as it unfolded can be found here and received over 800 views, from all around the world.
Papers, posters and presentations were given by the following:
Ludwig Bull: Technology Makes You A Better Lawyer, not a Techie
Emma Jones and colleagues: Exploring virtual reality in legal education
Paul Maharg, Reflections
Craig Newbery-Jones, Plymouth University Law School: “The Courage to Walk into the Darkness, but Strength to Return to the Light” Technological Experimentation within Legal Education and Legal Practice