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The Allens Hub for Technology, Law and Innovation, publicly launched on 14 March 2018, will be a global leader in solving legal problems, communicating solutions and exploring issues arising from technological innovation. It will be a collaborative base for researchers across multiple disciplines, the industry, the legal profession, government, and civil society to engage with questions arising from technological change and innovation. The Hub will be forward-looking, developing creative, well researched solutions to emerging – and yet to emerge – problems, while deepening understanding of the complex, dynamic relationship between law and technology. It will have a prominent national and international profile as its members will be active in academic, industry and public debates about regulatory and policy change in these areas.

New technology poses challenges which cannot be resolved solely by legal scholarship focused on particular technological contexts repeated across each field of disruption. We need to understand the challenges through a broader historical, legal and policy frame with close attention to developments in other jurisdictions and genuine cross-disciplinarity. This will require a strong culture of collaboration to build flexible and resilient legal and regulatory systems that accommodate ongoing change and encourage appropriate innovation while providing appropriate governance and oversight and promoting equality and inclusiveness.

Not only will we publish top quality research, we will seek to have a positive influence on government policy, legal practice, industry, public debate and understanding, and legal education.

The Hub is also the home of FLIP Stream, a joint initiative of UNSW Law and the Law Society of New South Wales.