Me on the summit of Stuchd an Lochain
On the summit of Stuchd an Lochain

Thanks for visiting! I'm a cross-disciplinary researcher working at the intersection of law, design, and computer science.

Digisprudence book cover

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, my PhD, and my open access monograph Digisprudence: Code as Law Rebooted.

I'm currently a postdoctoral researcher in COHUBICOL (Counting as a Human Being in the Era of Computational Law), an ERC Advanced Grant project headed by Mireille Hildebrandt. We are bringing 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 — specifically via different kinds of code- and data-driven 'legal tech'. See the project website for more details.

Alongside COHUBICOL, I'm co-founder and Managing Editor of the Journal of Cross-disciplinary Research in Computational Law (CRCL), and Technical Editor of SCRIPTed.

Beyond the academic world, I like to play the caixa and repinique in Brazilian samba bateria, as well as occasionally directing and composing. I also take photos, climb Munros, and am interested in improving understanding of mental health and wellbeing both 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.