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Dr Laurence Diver


Laurence is a cross-disciplinary researcher working at the intersection of computer science and legal philosophy. He is currently a postdoc in COHUBICOL (Counting as a Human Being in the Era of Computational Law), an ERC Advanced Grant project investigating how the fundamental tenets of legality and the rule of law can be retained when law is ‘done’ by and through code and data. He holds PhD, LLM, and LLB degrees from the University of Edinburgh, as well as diplomas in legal practice and software development. His doctoral thesis sets out a theory of legitimation for the design of regulative code architectures, and will be published as a monograph in 2021 by Edinburgh University Press, under the title Digisprudence: Code as Law Rebooted.

Laurence is co-founder (with Mireille Hildebrandt) of the Journal of Cross-disciplinary Research in Computational Law (CRCL), and has since 2013 been Technical Editor of SCRIPTed: A Journal of Law, Technology & Society, based at Edinburgh Law School’s renowned SCRIPT Centre. Prior to his doctoral studies he was variously a professional full stack web developer, a research assistant to Burkhard Schafer (UK Copyright and Create Economy Centre (CREATe)) and to Lilian Edwards (Strathclyde University), and a legal research assistant at the Scottish Law Commission.

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