Special Issue "Laws and Emerging Technologies"

A special issue of Laws (ISSN 2075-471X).

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 30 September 2020.

Special Issue Editor

Dr. Esther Salmerón-Manzano
Guest Editor
Faculty of Law, Universidad Internacional de La Rioja (UNIR). Av. de la Paz, 137, 26006 Logroño, Spain
Interests: bibliometry; sustainability; law; higher education
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Dear Colleagues,

The emergence of new technologies of knowledge in all fields, their dissemination, and their application for social or economic benefit are essential activities for the progress of society worldwide. Its development has been essential for international economic and social convergence. However, the regulation and legal implications of these new technologies need to be addressed in the legal systems of every country. Therefore, in order to regulate the basic conditions that guarantee the equality and rights of individuals, legal systems should pay special attention to the legal challenges that new technologies can present. This includes, for example, blockchain technology in the future of contracts, big data, and the protection of personal data; the emergence of electric scooters as a new form of urban mobility; or even the fact that dependence on new technologies can affect one’s personal life, where one seeks the right to disconnect digitally, and even the right to be forgotten.


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Levi, M., & Wall, D. S. (2004). Technologies, security, and privacy in the post‐9/11 European information society. Journal of law and society, 31(2), 194-220.

De Hert, P., & Papakonstantinou, V. (2016). The new General Data Protection Regulation: Still a sound system for the protection of individuals?. Computer Law & Security Review, 32(2), 179-194.

Tikkinen-Piri, C., Rohunen, A., & Markkula, J. (2018). EU General Data Protection Regulation: Changes and implications for personal data collecting companies. Computer Law & Security Review, 34(1), 134-153.

Calo, R., & Rosenblat, A. (2017). The taking economy: Uber, information, and power. Colum. L. Rev., 117, 1623.

Prof. Esther Salmerón-Manzano
Guest Editor

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  • Smartcontract
  • Blockchain
  • Bitcoin
  • Ethereum
  • Cryptocurrency
  • Big data
  • Data mining
  • Data privacy
  • Insurance
  • Right to disconnect
  • Smart cards
  • Drones
  • Electric vehicles
  • Property rights
  • Law enforcement
  • Internet of Things (IoT)
  • Royalties
  • Data protection
  • Land register

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Digitalization of the Legal Field and the Future of Large Law Firms
Laws 2020, 9(2), 14; https://doi.org/10.3390/laws9020014 - 21 Jun 2020
This paper discusses how large law firms should re-organize themselves to maintain a competitive edge in the increasingly digitalized legal field. While providing a brief historical introduction to the rise of large law firms and the challenges posed by the rise of digital [...] Read more.
This paper discusses how large law firms should re-organize themselves to maintain a competitive edge in the increasingly digitalized legal field. While providing a brief historical introduction to the rise of large law firms and the challenges posed by the rise of digital capitalism and the gig economy, the paper proposes an original and radical approach to reforming large law firms in the light of the digitalization. Among other things, the paper discusses (I) the partnership as organizational tool for large law firms in an increasingly digital and agile legal field; (II) the importance of multidisciplinary practices and of the relationship between lawyers and non-lawyers within firms; and (III) the centrality of outsourcing strategies to legal tech companies and other actors in order to deliver legal services more effectively and in a more client-oriented manner. Full article
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