I'm a cross-disciplinary researcher working at the intersection of legal philosophy, design, and computer science.
I'm interested in how digital systems impact our agency, and how to legitimate their designs from the perspectives of democracy, legality, and the rule of law. I call this perspective digisprudence, and have written about it in articles and in my PhD. A monograph of the thesis (Digisprudence: Code as Law Rebooted) will be published by Edinburgh University Press in 2021.
I'm currently a postdoctoral researcher in COHUBICOL (Counting as a Human Being in the Era of Computational Law), a project headed by Mireille Hildebrandt that brings together legal philosophy and theoretical computer science to ask how the fundamental tenets of legality and the rule of law can be retained (and if necessary adapted) when law is ‘done’ by and through code and data.
Alongside COHUBICOL, I'm a co-founder and Managing Editor of the Journal of Cross-disciplinary Research in Computational Law (CRCL), and Technical Editor of SCRIPTed.
Outside the academic world, I like to play the caixa (Portuguese snare) in samba bateria, as well as occasionally directing and composing. I also take photos, bag Munros, and am interested in supporting mental health and wellbeing inside and outside academia.
I used to be a professional web developer, and occasionally still dabble (including this site, COHUBICOL, CRCL, and SCRIPTed), and I contribute to the odd open source project. That technical experience has been an important impetus for my research: I've always been troubled by the power of developers, even those trying to do the right thing. The gap between what law requires and what actually goes on is quite startling, and is one of the many fundamental questions that will need to be addressed in the 21st century — that's the basis of my interest in this field.