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Legal Innovation Lab

Project description

£5.6 million operation (£4 million ERDF), supporting the development of unique research/collaboration facilities and the appointment of research staff.

The operation aim is to encourage innovation in LegalTech, Access to Justice, and countering cyber threats by:

  • maximising opportunities to innovate in the emerging LegalTech sector;
  • developing toolkits and frameworks to mitigate the risk of online platforms and social media being exploited by criminals and terrorists;
  • deploying digital products and services that help communities to access legal guidance and information.

Builds on the work of the University’s Cyber Threats Research Centre, Centre for Innovation and Entrepreneurship in Law, and Law Clinic.

Delivery model

  • Establish new research and innovation facilities:
      • Cyber Threats Suite
      • Legal Innovation Centre
      • Collaboration and Innovation space
      • Law Clinic
  • Appoint a project team (inc. software development team)
  • Appoint researchers aligned to the Cyber Threats and LegalTech agendas
  • Undertake engagement activities to bring researchers and research users together to develop collaborations.

Geographical coverage

The project will benefit all local authorities across Wales. The operation is funded under West Wales and the Valleys but is intended to support legal innovation across Wales.

Specific targets

  • Establish new research facilities by Summer 2020
  • Appoint 7.6FTE new researchers
  • 20FTE researchers working in the facilities by June 2023
  • 20 partners collaborating on research projects
  • £3.4 million research income

Contact details

Name: Dr Chris Marshall
Email: c.g.marshall@swansea.ac.uk
Telephone: 01792 513240
Address: Hillary Rodham Clinton School of Law, Swansea University, Singleton Park, Swansea, SA2 8PP
Twitter: Twitter