Professor Richard Susskind OBE
A pioneer in the field of information technology and law, Richard Susskind is IT Adviser to the Lord Chief Justice of England and Wales. He is the first Honorary Professor of Gresham College in London and the co-founder of the Centre for Law, Computers and Technology at the Law School of the University of Strathclyde in Glasgow. He is an independent adviser to major professional firms and to national governments, including chairing the UK's Advisory Panel on Public Sector Information (2003-2008).
Professor Susskind lectures internationally and has been invited to speak in over 40 countries. His research has ranged from innovative doctoral work during the 1980s in the field of expert systems, when he also developed ground-breaking systems in law and tax, to recent work blending legal, information and management theory supported by a series of empirical research projects.
His latest of seven books, 'The End of Lawyers? Rethinking the Nature of Legal Services', was published by OUP in 2008. In it, he argues that IT is bringing about fundamental changes in the ways lawyers and legal professionals do their work which will signal a fundamental shift in legal service from a form of advisory service to an Internet-enabled and often packaged service. Richard is also a law columnist for The Times.
Richard has a first class honours degree in law from the University of Glasgow and a doctorate in law and computers from Balliol College, Oxford. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh and of the British Computer Society, and President of the Society for Computers and Law. He was awarded an OBE in the Millennium New Year's Honours List for services to IT in the Law and to the Administration of Justice.
Positions held at the OII
- Advisory Board Member, September 2002 -
- Visiting Professor, June 2009 - June 2018
- Susskind, R. (2008) The End of Lawyers? Rethinking the Nature of Legal Services. Oxford: Oxford University Press.
- Susskind, R. (2005) The Susskind Interviews: Legal Experts in Changing Times. Sweet & Maxwell.
- Susskind, R. (2000) Transforming the Law. Oxford: Oxford University Press.
- Susskind, R. (1996) The Future of Law. Oxford: Oxford University Press.
- Susskind, R. (1987) Expert Systems in Law. Oxford: Oxford University Press.
Recorded: 1 November 2010 Duration: 00:03:56
Professor Richard Susskind discusses the main themes of his lecture in the OII's "Society and the Internet" lecture series, arguing that justice requires a shift from 19th century practices to Internet-enabled administration of justice.
14 October 2015 Quartz
In a forthcoming book, Richard and Daniel Susskind explore the future when, they predict, robots take over more of the professional work currently carried out by humans.
9 June 2009 Oxford Internet Institute
Professor Richard Susskind, a pioneer in the field of information technology and law, is appointed as Visiting Professor in Internet Studies at the Oxford Internet Institute