Call for Papers – The 3rd Machine Lawyering Conference: Legal Innovation in the Digital Society

Call for Papers – The 3rd Machine Lawyering Conference: Legal Innovation in the Digital Society

Advances in machine learning and the increasing reliance on automated processes in nearly all aspects of our society continue to pose challenges for legal scholars, policymakers and practicing lawyers alike. While digital technologies have reshaped our daily life and enabled novel business practices, they have also led to numerous unsolved legal issues. Innovations in law and policy may be desirable – if not indispensable. Multiple questions arise therefrom. Should technological change always result in legal change? Is the legal system ready to accommodate ongoing developments or do we need regulatory intervention? To continue the fruitful dialogues during the first and second Machine Lawyering Conferences and to keep up with the recent developments, CUHK LAW’s Centre for Financial Regulation and Economic Development (CFRED) will host the third Machine Lawyering Conference on 18-19 February 2022. The theme of this conference is how the law responds to the constantly evolving digital technologies and new business models.

Given the ongoing pandemic and travel restrictions, the conference will be held online via ZOOM.  However, as long as the situation permits, the conference may be held in a hybrid mode, in which attendees have the options to participate online or physically in the conference venue at the Graduate Law Centre of CUHK LAW.

These are the RELEVANT DATES:
Abstract (max 350 words) submission: 1 December 2021
Notification of acceptance: 5 January 2022 
Draft paper submission: 28 January 2022

For the avoidance of doubt, papers on the following topics are within the conference scope:

-Discrimination and other social problems resulting from the use of algorithms
-Ethical and explainable AI
-Big Data in commerce, regulation, scholarship and society
-Digital platform governance
-Automated dispute resolution
-Competition Law in the Big Data industries
-Legal technologies
-Intellectual property in automated systems
-Regulation of payment systems
-Personal data protection
-Cross-border data transfers
-Special problems of distributed ledger technologies
-Criminal law and digital technologies

SUBMISSION PROCEDURE: Please submit your abstract as an email attachment to The file with your submission should state the proposed paper title and the abstract but not your name so as to allow for blind review. Please include your name, affiliation and contact details in your cover email, which should state “Submission for Machine Lawyering Conference” as the subject line.


01 Dec 2021