A large investment in Swansea University’s Law School will further enhance its excellent reputation for applied research on cyber terrorism and terrorists’ use of the internet. The £5.6 million in funding was announced by Swansea University and the Welsh government in the areas of LegalTech and Access to Justice, as well as in countering terrorist and criminal use of the internet.
Legal Innovation Lab Wales, will be housed in the University’s Hillary Rodham Clinton School of Law. It is backed by £4 million of funding from the European Regional Development Fund through the Welsh Government.
The project will deliver a range of cutting edge facilities, including:
- A cyber-threats research suite, with data research laboratories and facilities that support collaboration with partners such as security agencies, law enforcement and technology companies.
- A “Legal AI” laboratory where researchers in Law and Computer Science can develop, test and apply new techniques in artificial intelligence, machine learning, legal design and natural language processing, t0 improve efficiencies in legal service delivery.
- A Legal Innovation Centre where law firms and technology companies can work with researchers and with a software development team, on the development of innovative products and services.
- A Law Clinic where LegalTech innovation and collaboration can be piloted, leading to the deployment of applications and platforms that support access to justice.
The funding also supports the appointment of new researchers to work with law firms, technology companies and security organisations with the aim of:
- Maximising opportunities for research and development in the emerging LegalTech sector.
- Deploying digital products and services that help communities to access legal guidance and information.
- Developing toolkits and frameworks to mitigate the risk of online platforms and social media being exploited by criminals and terrorists.