• Prof Burkhard Shafer

    Professor of Computational Legal Theory – Edinburgh Law School, University of Edinburgh

    Prof Burkhard Schafer’s main field of expertise is the interaction between law, science and (computer) technology.. He has been Director of the  SCRIPT Centre for IT and IP law, working mainly on issues such as privacy compliant software architecture and more generally the scope and limits of representing legal concepts directly in the internet infrastructure, autonomous and robotic devices and legal expert systems.  He is currently Co-I and member of the management board of CREATE, the RCUK funded Research Centre for copyright in the digital economy.

    As a co-founder and co-director of the Joseph Bell Centre for Legal Reasoning and Forensic Statistics, he also works on developing new approaches to assist lawyers in evaluating scientific evidence and develop computer models which embody these techniques. A special interest being the development of computer systems that help law enforcement agencies to co-operate more efficiently across jurisdictions.

    He is member of the Data Ethics Group of the Alan Turing Institute and affiliated member of the ACE approved Centre for Cybersecurity and Privacy research at the University of Edinburgh.

    Prof Burkhard  Shafer

    Sessions with Prof Burkhard Shafer :

    • Artificial Intelligence risk and the law

  • Joanna Goodman

    Author and Writer

    Joanna Goodman is the author of the book; “Robots in Law: How Artificial Intelligence is Transforming Legal Services”, published in November 2016, which is an essential reading for anyone looking to get up to speed on AI in legal services.

    She covers business and technology topics for national publications and blue-chip corporates. She is the IT columnist for the Law Society Gazette and writes regular features for The Guardian about cutting-edge technology, brands, and media, and occasional features for The Times business supplements. Her main areas of interest are artificial intelligence, robots and chatbots, virtual assistants, connected devices, driverless cars, and virtual and augmented reality. 

    Joanna has also written several short films and an independent feature film, Alfheim’s Edge (2016).  She has an MBA in strategic management from Kingston University.

    Joanna  Goodman

    Sessions with Joanna Goodman:

    • Robots in Law - How Artificial Intelligence is transforming legal services

  • James Walker

    CEO, Resolver

    James Walker is the CEO and Founder of Resolver, the largest consumer resolution website in Europe. In 2017, Resolver will help 1.4 million consumers to resolve over £400 million of issues for free. James created Resolver back in 2012 after encountering a problem with his boiler. The subsequent frustrating process of trying to resolve the issue made him realise there should be a simple, quick, effective service to help anyone complain about anything. Resolver was born and became a vocation.

    James went to South Bank and Cardiff Universities, and in studying surveying and environmental design. James has worked in consultancy, telecoms, software and retail industries. Recently, James has worked as Head of Innovation at EzGov, who delivered the flagship online and eGovernment programmes for HM Government, and Kingfisher Group, where he headed up Innovation for B&Q and Screwfix.

    James also writes a weekly column for the Sunday Mirror, iNews, and shortly in the Sun. In addition over 20 regional publications run James’s article on a weekly basis. James is also a key commenter for the Daily Mail, Telegraph, Sun, Mirror and the Express. 

    James Walker

    Sessions with James Walker:

    • Panel Discussion - How Technology is transforming the civil and criminal justice processes

  • John McKinlay

    Convenor - Technology, Law and Practice Committee, Law Society Scotland & Partner, DLA Piper LLP

    John McKinlay is a partner in law firm DLA Piper.

    John is head of DLA Piper's UK Intellectual Property and Technology practice. In that role, John advises a range of organisations on data protection, technology, and intellectual property matters. John's recent work has included working with CodeClan to establish a coding course specifically designed for the professional services community.

    John is also the Convener of the Law Society of Scotland's Technology Law and Practice Committee, which looks at the role technology plays in the current and future practice of law, and seeks to ensure Scotland's legal system and profession meets the challenges and embraces the opportunities that technology can bring.

    John  McKinlay

    Sessions with John McKinlay:

    • Future thinking - Is the law and legal education changing fast enough?

  • Jim Wilson

    Project Manager - Digital Justice, Scottish Government

    Jim Wilson is a Project Manager within the Scottish Government Justice Directorate.  He has worked on justice policy and legislation for a number of years.  Before secure a cross-government departmental transfer to Scottish Government in 2006, he was previously an Advisor Manager within the Department for Work and Pensions. 

    Before joining the civil service in the early 1990s Jim lived in Gibraltar and enjoyed working  for an American company called Nynex and also enjoyed a short stint with Newcastle Building Society supporting their 1st overseas venture on the Rock !.  

    Jim’s interests include table tennis – back in the day he represented Scotland at junior level.  Jim’s claim to fame was appearing as an extra on a Canadian TV commercial promoting whisky Jim, he  also loves to spend time with his family and enjoys coastal walks with his dog Willow

    Jim  Wilson

    Sessions with Jim Wilson:

    • Panel Discussion - How Technology is transforming the civil and criminal justice processes

  • Euan Duncan

    Director, Scottish Society for Computers and Law & Partner, MacRoberts LLP

    Euan is a Partner and Management Board Member of MacRoberts LLP, where he specialises in commercial contracts and intellectual property and he is accredited as a Specialist by the Law Society of Scotland.

    Euan has advised clients across a diverse range of industry sectors including technology, digital media and telecoms for over 25 years and, separately, he tutors on intellectual property and commercial contracts at the University of Strathclyde Law School.

    He is also a Director of the Scottish Society for Computers and Law (SCL) and a member of the SCL Media Board. SCL is an educational charity that ‘seeks to provide foundational and advanced training in technology law and to cultivate informed discussion about technology developments with legal ramifications and legal developments with technology ramifications.’

    Euan previously work as in-house legal counsel with the Scotch Whisky Association. 

    Euan Duncan

    Sessions with Euan Duncan:

    • Embracing Innovation

  • Keith Aitken

    Broadcaster & Journalist

    Keith Aitken is an award-winning journalist, author, broadcaster and one of Scotland’s busiest conference facilitators.  In 1995, after more than 15 years’ on The Scotsman in senior editorial roles (notably Parliamentary Correspondent, Industrial Editor, Chief Leader Writer) he launched a successful freelance business and has since written for numerous UK and overseas publications, not least as a columnist for The Herald, Scotsman, Scotland on Sunday, and Holyrood Magazine.

    He currently writes a weekly column, now in its 17th year, in the Scottish Daily Express, for which he also compiles a weekly prize crossword and reviews opera.  Keith is Scotland Correspondent for Public Finance magazine, author of a critically acclaimed history of the Scottish labour movement, and has worked extensively as a BBC radio presenter. He is a visiting lecturer at Edinburgh Napier University, and a Trustee of the National Mining Museum of Scotland.


    Keith Aitken

    Sessions with Keith Aitken:

    • Introduction by Conference Chair

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