The new international network of experts, being spearheaded by UQ legal researchers, aims to address global issues such as cybercrime, food security and climate change.
Further, the network aims to provide a platform for strategic research partnerships and exchange opportunities involving Higher Degree Research candidates.
“Scientific and technological advancements are happening in a social context and this social context includes a legal dimension,” said TC Beirne School of Law’s Dr Allison Fish.
“We need to take a holistic and interdisciplinary approach to see the interactions and parameters in which they operate.
“As science and technology develops, there will constantly be problems where the law will be asked to find solutions, requiring the need to rethink our current practices of regulation and governance.
“The network will help facilitate long-term collaborative projects, grant applications and publications, as well as create opportunities for research staff, higher degree students and industry engagement.”
According to Dr Fish, who leads UQ’s Law Science and Technology program, the network is set to include legal scholars, computer scientists, physicists, criminologists, sociologists, anthropologists, historians and environmental scientists from the US, Australia, Europe and Canada.
Together the network will “address a range of issues such as algorithmic discrimination, natural resource management, changes in labour practices deriving from platform economies, the use of new biotechnologies to create or modify organisms, and the impact of computational technologies on the legal profession”, Dr Fish said.