We believe that the advancement of the field of law and technology can greatly benefit from the creation of a stronger network. Launching this website, generating a mailing list for the advertisement of news, events, job postings, and new scholarship, and the organization of workshops are some of the first steps we would like to give in that direction. We welcome suggestions and are happy to facilitate collaboration initiatives between scholars working on different fields of law and technology. Our network is entirely academic and non-commercial. Although we are based in Europe and the research of many of our members focuses on EU law, we invite any scholars working on law and technology to join the network. Our members come from more than twenty-two different countries and do research on a wide array of topics (sharing economy, smart contracts, blockchain, privacy, robots).
The European Law & Tech Network is an initiative of scholars affiliated with Groningen University and Maastricht University. Its starting point was a crowdsourcing action done back in 2017, which had two goals. First, to understand whether there is a need for scholars interested in law and technology to have access to more centralized points of information regarding the developments of this multi- and interdisciplinary space. Second, to create tools enabling scholars to achieve broader dissemination for their academic output and to better valorize their scholarship across disciplines. Some existing sources achieve these goals in a more focused manner (e.g. IPKat), but the crowdsourcing exercise showed tremendous interest in a more general resource. This resource is the European Law & Tech Network. Read more about the scholars behind the initiative here.