Computational Law Research and Development

This open public research and development site explores the emerging field of computational law and legal informatics as social science, technical capability and business innovation.   This site is curated by MIT Media Lab's Dazza Greenwood as part of Prof. Alex "Sandy" Pentland's MIT Human Dynamics Lab work on Social Physics and Connection Science, with emphasis on the legal and policy dimensions of big data and personal data markets and ecologies. 

Announcing the Second Annual MIT/IAP Legal Intensive

exploring legal issues and technology options arising from public blockchains, individual identity systems and automated transactions

The January annual legal intensive includes a legal topics seminar and a hands-on, project-centered workshop. In different ways, the seminar and workshop use the lenes of contract and legislation to examine blockchain, identity and automation technologies.  An open source workbook being developed to accompany the course includes a compendium of relevant public law (with selected state and federal legislative, regulatory and case law materials) and a private law toolkit with example agreements, sample clauses and model terms.  The legal intensive materials will feature the results of a federal legislative public engagement campaign on blockchain, distributed ledger and smart contract legal definitions.  For more information on the legal definitions engagement and additional background on the upcoming legal intensive is available at: MIT.edu/Blockchain   To help with editing and/or formatting of the open source workbook, please contact us about joining the contributors team at law.MIT/Contact  For the full course description, schedule, registration and other announcements, seehttp://law.MIT.edu/BlockchainLegalIntensive 

Analytics and Blockchain for Community Centered Financial Institutions

A collaborative day of roundtable discussions co-hosted by the MIT Human Dynamics Lab and MIT Digital Currency Initiative, October 18, 2016


The Fully Automated Legal Entity Prototype

For more information: https://law.mit.edu/automated-credit-union

To request updates or get involved: contact us


How Can Blockchain Enable People to Own Their Individual Identity and Personal Data?

Keynote address by Sam Cassatt, of ConsenSys, at the MIT/law Blockchain Legal Intensive demo night at the Media Lab.

What is Computable Law?


    Blockchain Legal Intensive

    A month-long PrototypeJam at http://MIT.edu/law/blockchain


    Research Spotlight: Temporal Public Data Exploration of US Code

    Use the below interactive public data visualization tool to compare the rate of change in each title of the US Code. This visualization tool is being shared now as an example of how law can be presented as data in a way that enables any person to do basic data exploration. Note however, the underlying data is still in the process of being cleaned and not yet reliable as an accurate measure.  

    Ongoing Research: Uniform Law Adoption Analytics

    There are many facets of the law to which data science and computational legal science methods can be applies and many aspects of such science that can be applied to any given facet of the law.  One of the promising entry points being pursued by the Legal Science research team here at the MIT Media Lab is with an important body of statutes known as "Uniform Law".  The #LegalScience research team is now commencing a research study to explore the data and systems comprising uniform laws of the states and territories of the United States.


                     Preliminary Uniforn Law Analytics and Visualizations

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    Law.MIT.edu Google+ Page

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