What is LawComputerInteraction ?

LawComputerInteraction explores new forms of drafting of legislation that can give the politicians and stakeholder better insight into design of the administration and other consequences of legal initiative. The inspiration is drawn from industry and software development, where it is common in the Design phase to work with 'prototypes' and thus not only “words”.

The administration created by a Bill will be handled by IT (and sometimes complex IT-solutions) increasingly in the future. The question is whether this development is going to have consequence as for example making a Bill described only in “words” more and more inadequate and outdated and creating risks for lacking understanding of what the Bill entails and the reality it will create for citizens and business.

Preliminary survey indicates that the participating politicians and organizations evaluate prototypes as better than “words” to create understanding and contributing to more information on legislation and IT etc.

LawComputerInteraction concerns legislative power and hence the parliament

The objective of LawComputerInteraction is to provide further empirical investigations regarding the use of prototypes as a supplement to the “legal language” in words.

Digitisation and welfare state shares the similarity that both require protocols, rules and laws. Therefore, LawComputerInteraction investigates how this could best be utilized. Initially the focus is on how we work with the drafting of legislation.

LawComputerinteraction views digitisation as a new paradigm and not solely technology. Legislative power can be crucial for the dissemination and development of digitisation in society. The influence, which digitisation is going to have is largely a political choice. Probably, digitisation will not mature as long as the politicians does not recognize their importance to facilitate the digitization.

LCI is about ensuring the law is going digital from start to obtain wealth and welfare. Its main topics are

  • optimizing the digital design of legislation
  • high usability for citizen and business of the digital initiative
  • better management
Read more about LCI as a new research discipline here and about the manifesto and related contributions and goals for LCI here

Ulla Lund, previously senioer adviser and responsible for AnalysisUnit in The Danish Ministry of Finance