Laurence Diver


Law, design, drumming, code

Laurence Diver photo

I'm a researcher in COHUBICOL, an ERC Advanced Grant-funded project based in the LSTS research group at the Vrije Universiteit Brussel (VUB). Our research investigates how the foundational principles that animate modern law can be retained, and if necessary adapted, as legal practice and the legal system are increasingly mediated by code- and data-driven systems.

Previously I was a PhD candidate at the University of Edinburgh School of Law, where my thesis (pending examination) explored the intersection between legal theory and design.

I'm also the Technical Editor of SCRIPTed, an open access technology, IP, and medical law journal based at Edinburgh's School of Law.

Outside of the academic world, I'm a sambista — I mainly play the caixa (the drum in the pic here) as well as sometimes directing and composing. I'm also an occasional photographer and Munro bagger, and in my past lives I've been a legal researcher and web developer (sometimes simultaneously).