Success for Edinburgh staff and student teams at IRIS conference's LexisNexis Best Paper award

Award was given during Europe's largest IT law conference

Papers co-authored by Edinburgh Law School staff and students were once again recognised for excellence at the LexisNexis Best Paper competition. The competition was held during the 20th International Legal Informatics Conference IRIS in Salzburg - Europe's largest IT conference. 

Erica Fraser, former student on the Online Distance Learning programme and now Senior Policy Analyst at the Canadian Intellectual Property Office worked in tandem with her supervisor, Burkhard Schafer, to develop ideas from Erica's LLM dissertation on the patentability of algorithmic innovation. The paper, Self-made (machine) men, explores the legal status of self-improving, repairing or evolving robots and software programs. It was awarded second place in the Best Paper Award. 

A paper by Tobias Schulz and Burkhard Schafer made the shortlist for the award. Their paper analysed the compatibility of of blockchain based e-voting with German constitutional law. Tobias completed the on-campus LLM Innovation Technology with distinction in 2016, and now works for Rittershaus, one of the leading high-tech law firms in Germany.

These papers have continued the extraordinary success Edinburgh students have had at this event since winning the inaugural competition outright in 2011.