New publication venue available for foundational research on law and computer science, led by editors-in-chief Virginia Dignum (Professor at the Department of Computing Science at Umeå University, Sweden), Mireille Hildebrandt (Research Professor on ‘Interfacing Law and Technology’ at Vrije Universiteit Brussel (VUB), and part-time Chair of ‘Smart Environments, Data Protection and the Rule of Law’ at the Science Faculty, Institute for Computing and Information Sciences (iCIS) at Radboud University Nijmegen), and Frank Pasquale (Professor of Law at the University of Maryland Francis King Carey School of Law).

CRCL (‘circle’) invites excellence on the side of both law and computer science concerning ‘computational law’ or ‘legal tech’. The Journal focuses on two types of ‘legal technologies’:

  1. those using machine learning, e.g. to predict judgements or engage in argumentation mining (data-driven ‘law’), and
  2. those translating legal norms into computer code to support decision-making or to self-execute as in smart contracts or smart regulation (code-driven ‘law’).

CRCL aims to contribute to new understandings within legal scholarship and legal practice of the assumptions, operations and implications of legal technologies, and to new understandings within computer science of the assumptions, operations and implications of law, legal protection and the rule of law. CRCL has a keen interest in receiving foundational work in law, computer science and other relevant disciplines (within the humanities and social sciences), for instance regarding the political economy of ‘legal tech’, and we welcome relevant case law analysis, as well as in-depth assessments of ‘legal tech’ as developed, marketed or used in legal practice.

Read more about submission and the editorial constellation here.