The Oxford Handbook of Law, Regulation and Technology (edited by Roger Brownsword, Eloise Scotford, and Karen Yeung)


The Oxford Handbook of Law, Regulation and Technology (edited by Roger Brownsword, Eloise Scotford, and Karen Yeung)



The variety, pace, and power of technological innovations that have emerged in the 21st Century have been breathtaking. These technological developments, which include advances in networked information and communications, biotechnology, neurotechnology, nanotechnology, robotics, and environmental engineering technology, have raised a number of vital and complex questions. Although these technologies have the potential to generate positive transformation and help address 'grand societal challenges', the novelty associated with technological innovation has also been accompanied by anxieties about their risks and destabilizing effects. Is there a potential harm to human health or the environment? What are the ethical implications? Do this innovations erode of antagonize values such as human dignity, privacy, democracy, or other norms underpinning existing bodies of law and regulation? These technological developments have therefore spawned a nascent but growing body of 'law and technology' scholarship, broadly concerned with exploring the legal, social and ethical dimensions of technological innovation.

This handbook collates the many and varied strands of this scholarship, focusing broadly across a range of new and emerging technology and a vast array of social and policy sectors, through which leading scholars in the field interrogate the interfaces between law, emerging technology, and regulation. Structured in five parts, the handbook (I) establishes the collection of essays within existing scholarship concerned with law and technology as well as regulatory governance; (II) explores the relationship between technology development by focusing on core concepts and values which technological developments implicate; (III) studies the challenges for law in responding to the emergence of new technologies, examining how legal norms, doctrine and institutions have been shaped, challenged and destabilized by technology, and even how technologies have been shaped by legal regimes; (IV) provides a critical exploration of the implications of technological innovation, examining the ways in which technological innovation has generated challenges for regulators in the governance of technological development, and the implications of employing new technologies as an instrument of regulatory governance; (V) explores various interfaces between law, regulatory governance, and new technologies across a range of key social domains.

Professor Dau-Schmidt's contribution is Chapter 43: "Trade, Commerce, and Employment: the Evolution of the Form and Regulation of the Employment Relationship in Response to the New Information Technology."


9780199680832 (hb.)

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Oxford University Press


Oxford, UK


Technology and the law, Technological Innovations-law and legislation, New information technology, Employment law


Labor and Employment Law | Law | Science and Technology Law


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The Oxford Handbook of Law, Regulation and Technology (edited by Roger Brownsword, Eloise Scotford, and Karen Yeung)