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Book Talk: Digital Technology and Law

Date&Time: November 7, 2023 (Tuesday), 12:15 PM – 1:30 PM (China time)

Speaker: Professor Steven Gallagher, Faculty of Law, The Chinese University of Hong Kong

Moderator: Prof. Norman P. Ho, Peking University School of Transnational Law

Location(IN-PERSON PRESENTATION): STL Building, Room 207

Zoom Meeting ID and Passcode (for remote participants)858 3561 3459 (Passcode:488329)

Language: English

Lecture Summary: Digital Technology and Law is an introduction into how digital technology and law interact.The book considers the interaction between digital technology and law in three ways:

·How digital technology is affected by law;

·How digital technology affects the practice of law; and,

·How law is affected by digital technology.

This book considers electronic digital technology including artificial intelligence, digital property, blockchains, cryptocurrencies, non-fungible tokens (NFTs), smart contracts, decentralised autonomous organisations (DAOs), and the metaverse. It provides explanations of how they work, and sometimes how they do not work. It also considers how this technology is used in the practice of law and how technology is affecting law. The latter consideration includes issues arising from artificial intelligence and intellectual property, disputes involving digital property including theft, fraud, loss, divorce, death, tax, securities regulation, money laundering and insider dealing.

Speaker Bio:Steven Gallagher is a Professional Consultant, Professor in Practice of Law (by courtesy), and Associate Dean (Academic & Student Affairs) at the Chinese University of Hong Kong Faculty of Law. Steven’s research interests include issues in property law, legal history, the development of policy and law intended to promote and protect art, antiquities and cultural heritage, law and technology, Chinese custom and law, and innovative ways to teach law. The latter includes using superhero films for problem-based learning, flipped classrooms and digital learning initiatives promoting asynchronous and distance learning.

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