IALS to host new Centre for Law and Information Policy

Wednesday 12 November 2014

The Institute of Advanced Legal Studies (IALS) has launched an ambitious plan to boost its research into data law and policy.

By creating the new Centre for Law and Information Policy (CLIP), IALS will extend its research looking at the ways in which law both restricts and enables the sharing and dissemination of different types of information. Its official opening is in spring 2015.

According to IALS Director Jules Winterton , CLIP will 'extend the Institute’s academic mission into a dynamic area of interdisciplinary research which affects everyone’s daily life’. 

‘Aligned with the Institute’s national and international role, the Centre will pursue its own research and will also promote and facilitate the research of others in law and information policy,” he said.

Issues the Centre will look at include data access and ownership rights, privacy and confidentiality, the malicious use and misuse of data, freedom of information and legal publishing (both commercial and free-to-internet). It will also be interested in trends in scholarly communication relating to legal studies.

Director Judith Townend (above) will lead the new Centre. She was previously a research associate at the University of Westminster on an AHRC-funded project which looked at media plurality and ownership, and lecturer in journalism at City University London.

Her interest in finding ways to open up academic research and legal information through digital and open-access platforms is a good fit for CLIP. It is also one of the objectives of the new Centre. 

Judith Townend says CLIP hopes policymakers will benefit from its work: ‘This new Centre provides a brilliant opportunity to contribute to the development and understanding of information law and policy, through interdisciplinary research and events.

‘The fast-changing digital environment requires law and policy-makers to grapple with a complex array of challenges relating to data. The Centre will provide both a physical and a virtual base for important and timely academic activity in this area. In keeping with the IALS’ aims and mission, it will seek to connect scholars working in the UK and beyond, and widely share research findings and debates.’

CLIP will also organise events, the first of which is the Humanity of Judging public tour and discussion at the Supreme Court on 19 November. This is part of the Being Human festival.

For further information, or to discuss becoming involved in the new Centre’s activities, please contact Judith Townend: Judith.Townend@sas.ac.uk or  +44 207 862 5885.

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