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Crnomarkovic, Natalia --- "The AUSCL Future Law Network" [2022] ANZCompuLawJl 13; (2022) 94 Computers & Law, Article 13



The Future Law Network had a very successful 2022. On 11 March we made a submission to the ALRC in relation to the Legislative Framework for Corporations and Financial Regulation focusing on the need to look beyond XML.

On 15 March 2022, the AUSCL Future Law Network hosted, a Global RaC2.0 Plenary together with the Allens hub for Technology, Law and Innovation. The purpose of the Plenary was to engage with the Global RaC Community to share learning and develop actionable recommendations to assist the community to “take RaC to the next level” RaC 2.0.

The Plenary was attended by well over 100 participants, across 10+ countries with keynotes by globally recognised luminaries - Prof Mireille Hildebrant and Pia Andrews. Together we explored pressing design challenges in theory and practice from running RaC projects (private/public) sectors and technical issues (platforms, standards and interoperability), through to public law considerations, democracy, Rule of Law and the future RaC workforce - distilling key principles and recommendations. Since the Plenary, a RaC Working group continues to provide a valuable forum for cross-disciplinary professionals to share insights on current and future RaC directions.

In May, Natalia Crnomarkovic, Future Law Network leader moderated two sessions at the Legal Innovation and Tech Fest 2022. The first was on Rules as Code with guest speakers Síobháine Slevin, trailblazer in regulation as digital infrastructure and CEO and founder of Realta Logic, Prof Andrew Mowbray and Philip Chung from AustLII.

In second session Natalia unpacked Next Generation Contracting aka Smart Legal Contracts with leaders in the field - Natasha Blycha, Managing Partner with Stirling Rose and Tim Bass, CEO Block8.

The Future Law Network also ran our 6th RaC Masterclass exploring the critical legal coding in the new world of digital legislation featuring Dr Megan Ma from Stanford X and Dr Jason Grant Allen, our AUSCL Tasmanian Chapter Lead.

A huge heartfelt thank you to our Future Law Steering Committee - Mark Staples, Síobháine Slevin, Heidi Richards, Tim De Sousa and Martin Harford for giving so generously of your time, expertise and energy to make 2022 the success it was.

[*] Future Law Portfolio Leader, Australasian Society for Computers and Law (AUSCL).

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