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SCOTLIN Establishment News: New law network to tackle academic and professional silos

A University of Stirling law professor is launching an innovative new body to bring together and promote all sectors of the profession in Scotland.

Dr Guido Noto La Diega, Associate Professor at the University’s Law School, has been awarded funding from the Royal Society of Edinburgh to create the Scottish Law and Innovation Network (SCOTLIN).

The first-of-its-kind exchange hub will allow experts working in academia, legal professions, and civil society to come together to develop and share impactful research, excellence in teaching, and societally beneficial law and policy innovations.

Dr Noto La Diega commented: "SCOTLIN aims to bridge academic and professional silos, in order to get the most out of our multidisciplinary knowledge in the field of law and innovation. It also aims to increase public awareness and education about key issues ranging from digital privacy to the regulation of artificial intelligence, from business tech-readiness through to algorithmic accountability."

The network is led by Dr Noto La Diega with Dr Rossana Ducato, of the University of Aberdeen, and the University of Glasgow’s Professor Martin Kretschmer, the new body is open to any Scotland-based expert in law and innovation, as well as to those with an interest in the eld. Over the rst two years of the network, SCOTLIN aims to work to identify the scope for a distinct Scottish policy on innovation, strengthen capacity and resilience – in particular among the next generation of researchers and professionals – and contribute to topical themes such as "Interventions for sustainability in a post-COVID world". There are plans for interactive workshops, regular expert talks, a symposium for early career researchers and an annual conference.

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