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EU funding to help Law Lab deliver universal access to justice

Thursday October 31st, 2019

The Counsel General and Brexit Minister, Jeremy Miles, today announced £4 million EU funding towards the new £5.6 million Legal Innovation Lab for Wales, which will be developed as part of the Hillary Rodham Clinton School of Law at Swansea University.justice_3512502Sml

The legal landscape in Wales is changing. As digital technology becomes more and more advanced, it has the potential to be a force for good in the law, making it easier for people to access legal advice, and helping to create business opportunities in the legal technology sector in Wales.
The Legal Innovation Lab will be a unique research and innovation hub that will develop Swansea University’s existing and new partnerships with international law firms, security agencies, professional and trade bodies, and technology and social media companies.
The lab, which is due to open next summer, will support research and help develop advances in legal technology, opening up a clear route towards universal access to justice. Academic and industry experts will also look for new ways to reduce the risk of data hacking, and to use technology like artificial intelligence (AI) to counter cyber threats.
The refurbished and expanded Law School, within Swansea University’s Singleton Park campus, will provide around 3500sqm of office, meeting and teaching space.

Mr Miles, who is responsible for EU funding in Wales, said:

“The Justice Commission report, published last week, identified opportunities to strengthen the legal sector in Wales. Being able to find and understand the law with reasonable ease goes to the heart of a nation governed by the rule of law.
This Legal Innovation Lab is exactly what we need right now, providing the facilities to discover the potential of emerging technologies such as machine reading techniques and artificial intelligence, and enabling Welsh Government, legal professionals, professional bodies and academia in Wales to work in partnership to develop and promote the technological capabilities of the legal sector.
I’m delighted that Wales is leading the way in this ground-breaking research. EU funds continue to play a vital part in modernising our economy, increasing productivity, and developing employment and business opportunities, and I look forward to seeing how far legal technology can help promote access to justice for the citizens of Wales.”

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