Technological Innovation and the Implications for the Legal Profession — Taking Global Polyarchy Seriously


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Melbourne Law School, 185 Pelham St, Carlton


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Technological innovation has huge implications for legal systems and the legal profession. The academic literature on “global legal pluralism”, however, has barely scratched the surface in analysing the impact that the decline of national sovereignty and the rise of global polyarchy are having on legal systems in western nations. The magnitude of the unexamined transformations now occurring can be illustrated by examining the decline of conventional legal service delivery models occurring in liberal democratic nations in the West as a result of technological innovation and globalisation. If legal professions do not respond to the rise of automated legal reasoning systems by moving to a “Knowledge Governance by Design” model of professional services, they risk being sidelined by the emergence of a new profession of governance designers.

About the Speaker Professor Jane K Winn, of University of Washington, Seattle, specialises in comparative and commercial law, focusing on the impact of globalisation and innovation on national legal systems. A graduate of Queen Mary College, University of London and Harvard Law School, she is a member of the American Law Institute and has twice received Fulbright grants for research in China and Taiwan.