Professor Richard Susskind OBE
Advisory Board Chair
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 – Present
Recorded: 1 November 2010
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.
9 June 2009
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
1 November 2010
This lecture explores the possibilities of change in justice administration offered by the Internet: a world of virtual courts and virtual lawyers, online dispute resolution and document drafting, and legal e-learning and communities of legal experience.
27 April 2010
This is the second in a series of seminars organized with the support of Google, which has provided its office in Brussels as a venue to help stimulate and inform debate about the future of the Internet, including issues of policy and practice.
2 December 2008
Richard Susskind lays out the central arguments of his latest book, 'The End of Lawyers?' (OUP).
18 March 2004
This is the first of a projected series of annual, one-day seminars, convened by the Advisory Panel on Crown Copyright (APCC). The focus of this inaugural meeting will be on the economics of public sector information (PSI).
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.