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Research

Research does not take place in a social vacuum, and our aim is to foster strong collaboration with legal practice, the technology sector and the creative economy. 

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We are working closely with the Law Society of Scotland on the transformation of the justice system through technology, and  Centre members are currently serving on the Data Ethics Group of the Alan Turing Institute and the expert group of AI4Society.

Centre for the Decentralised Digital Economy (DECaDE)
Launched in October 2020, DECaDE is a 5-year National Research Centre exploring how emerging data technologies could transform our digital economy through decentralised platforms. DECaDE is a partnership between the University of Surrey as lead institution, the Centre for Design Informatics and Edinburgh Law School at the University of Edinburgh, and the Digital Catapult.
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Emotional AI in Commerce, Civic Life and Security In Japan and the UK (January 2019 - January 2020)
An ESRC-AHRC UK-Japan SSH Connections project exploring governance of affective computing in different contexts of everyday life.
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Defence Against the Dark Artefacts (DADA) (July 2018 - June 2020)
An EPSRC TIPS 2.0 project on technical, sociological and legal requirements for effective smart home cybersecurity with the University of Cambridge, Imperial College London, University of Nottingham, and industry partners ARM, BT, Cisco, Digital Catapult, Internet Society, GCHQ, Crossword Cybersecurity, and Petras IoT hub.

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Horizon Digital Economy Research Institute
The Horizon Digital Economy Research Institute is a multidisciplinary centre of excellence for Digital Economy research centred at the University of Nottingham. Dr Lachlan Urquhart, Lecturer in Technology Law at Edinburgh Law School, is a founding academic partner of the Horizon Institute, along with colleagues at Glasgow, Cambridge, East Anglia, Newcastle and De Montfort.
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Nordic Eyes Online: Taking surveillance apart
A Nordforsk funded project.
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Cumulative Revelations of Personal Data
An EPSRC funded project.
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Ethical Framework for a Good AI Society
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Towards Moral-IT and Legal-IT by Design (July 2017 - present)
A Horizon/EPSRC project on developing card-based tools for building ethical IT systems.
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Trustworthy Autonomous Systems Governance and Regulation: Better Governance by Design
Led by Professor Subramanian Ramamoorthy from the School of Informatics and Edinburgh Centre for Robotics, the project is part of the UKRI Trustworthy Autonomous Systems (TAS) programme, funded through the UKRI Strategic Priorities Fund and delivered by the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC).
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CREATE: Copyright and Creative Economy Centre
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The Memory Machine (February 2018 - February 2019)
A Horizon/EPSRC project on d
esigning memory preserving IoT for dementia sufferers.

The Centre offers cutting-edge courses in its research fields, and a unique online Masters of Laws (eLLM) at Edinburgh Law School, launched in September 2005. The course covers copyright and related rights, industrial property, international intellectual property, managing intellectual property, forensic computing and electronic evidence, information technology law, law & medical ethics, and developing countries & technology.

Our postgraduate students form a  vibrant and active research community, and we aim to integrate them as much as possible in the work of the Centre.

Learn more about the online masters degrees at Edinburgh Law School