Research streams

Computational Law

The Computational Law stream focuses explicitly on the changing forms of law in the digital. Focused on regtech. rules as code and automated decision-making, it concerns both the practical development and deployment of digital legal, regulatory and compliance tools and systems that enhance and support human wellbeing and the social and human impacts of these technologies. A significant further focus is on datafication and the public and private legal and regulatory regimes that organise, monetise, and share data, how these regimes interact with computational law systems, and changes that support better computational and decision-making outcomes.


The Automation stream examines the multiple and many ways that automation is affecting human and planetary futures. This ranges from the use of AI and automated processes by media platforms and private and public service providers, to real world deployment of automation in transport to robots and integrated smart technologies in health care and allied health services, legal services, agriculture, and defence. A particular interest is how automation and digitalisation, such as smart contracts and blockchain are disrupting commerce, commercial and consumer law and the fundamental norms of commercial conduct.. It is also concerned with the intimate integration of automated and digital technologies into the human body.

This stream works towards developing critical accounts and practical frameworks for trust and safety in ensuring the benefits of automation for human and planetary futures.

Law, Humans and Non-Humans

Photo by Jyotirmoy Gupta on UnsplashThe Law, Humans and Non-Humans stream is founded on perspectives that past and present interactions of humans, technology and law have fundamentally changed the planet and its future. Connected to critical and cultural discourses and scholarship it explores the connections of technology and law to climate change and the non-human, global inequality, First Nation justice and what it means to be human. Through understanding the sociotechnical and legal structures that have caused planetary change, this research in this stream directly imagines how technology and law can adapt to change and support a diverse, resilient planetary community.

Image credits

Computational Law image courtesy of Massimo Virgilio on Unsplash
Autmoation image courtesy of 수안 최 on Unsplash
Law, Humans and Non-Humans image courtesy of Jyotirmoy Gupta on Unsplash