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  • Date Published: June 2012
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521186247

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  • Law and the Technologies of the Twenty-First Century provides a contextual account of the way in which law functions in a broader regulatory environment across different jurisdictions. It identifies and clearly structures the four key challenges that technology poses to regulatory efforts, distinguishing between technology as a regulatory target and tool, and guiding the reader through an emerging field that is subject to rapid change. By extensive use of examples and extracts from the texts and materials that form and shape the scholarly and public debates over technology regulation, it presents complex material in a stimulating and engaging manner. Co-authored by a leading scholar in the field with a scholar new to the area, it combines comprehensive knowledge of the field with a fresh approach. This is essential reading for students of law and technology, risk regulation, policy studies, and science and technology studies.

    • First book on the market looking at law and technology generally
    • Materials integrated throughout for full perspective on the field
    • Scientific material explained without overloading the student with technical data
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    Reviews & endorsements

    'Law and the Technologies of the Twenty-First Century represents a significant addition to the body of academic texts concerning regulation and regulatory theory.' Michael Wixen, CTLR: The Journal of E-Commerce, Technology and Communications

    'Brownsword and Goodwin's book is an introduction; I would happily recommend it to lawyer and non-lawyer colleagues looking for a good place to start in this emerging field. I would happily use it in the classroom too. It could be at the core of a specialist module. Equally, its clear, carefully signposted structure means it could be dipped into - as part, say, of a human rights course or the ubiquitous 'Introduction to Law' courses for which it can be so hard to find material that engages with 'big questions' about law but is also both stimulating and accessible.' Therese Murphy, European Journal of Risk Regulation

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    • Date Published: June 2012
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521186247
    • length: 492 pages
    • dimensions: 246 x 173 x 23 mm
    • weight: 0.98kg
    • contains: 5 b/w illus.
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Part I. General Introduction:
    1. Law and the technologies of the twenty-first century
    2. The regulatory environment: UK Biobank, eBay, and Wikipedia
    3. Four key regulatory challenges
    4. Technology as a regulatory tool: DNA profiling and Marper
    Part II. Regulatory Prudence and Precaution:
    5. Regulatory prudence I: health, safety and environment, GM crops, nanoparticles, and sound science
    6. Regulatory prudence II: precaution
    Part III. Regulatory Legitimacy:
    7. The legitimacy of the regulatory environment – the basic ideas
    8. Key boundary-marking concepts
    9. Human rights as boundary-markers
    10. Understanding procedural legitimacy – the role of public participation in technology regulation
    Part IV. Regulatory Effectiveness:
    11. Regulatory effectiveness I
    12. Regulatory effectiveness II: failure by regulators
    13. Regulatory effectiveness III: resistance by regulatees
    14. Regulatory effectiveness IV: third-party interference and disruptive externalities
    Part V. Regulatory Connection:
    15. Regulatory connection I: getting connected
    16. Regulatory connection II: disconnection and sustainability
    Part VI. Concluding Overview:
    17. From law to code: the surveillance society and Marper revisited.

  • Authors

    Roger Brownsword, King's College London
    Roger Brownsword is Professor of Law at King's College London. He has been teaching in university law schools since 1968 and currently teaches 'Law and the Technologies of the Twenty-First Century' to students at both King's College London and Singapore Management University. He is a co-founding editor of the journal Law, Innovation and Technology and a member of the editorial board of the Modern Law Review. He has published extensively in the fields of contracts and the common law, legal theory, bioethics and the regulation of technology.

    Morag Goodwin, Universiteit van Tilburg, The Netherlands
    Morag Goodwin is a senior lecturer at Tilburg University. She has worked as a field researcher at the European Roma Rights Center, Budapest and as an Assistant Professor at the Faculty of Law, Maastricht University. She is a founding member of the editorial board of the German Law Journal and is a member of the editorial committee of the Netherlands Journal of Legal Philosophy.

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