The Allens Hub for Technology, Law and Innovation, publicly launched on 14 March 2018, is an independent community of scholars based at UNSW Sydney. As a partnership between Allens and UNSW Law & Justice, the hub adds breadth and depth to research on the diverse interactions among technological change, law, and legal practice. The partnership enriches academic and policy debates and drives considered reform of law and practice through engagement with the legal profession, the judiciary, industry, government and the broader community.
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.