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About Future Law

Future Law Institute is a social enterprise incorporated in 2019 as a limited liability company with head offices in United Kingdom. Our purpose is to support the building of meta-legal collaborations for transformational public policy innovation and practice toward safer, more just, regenerative futures. Our members collaborate in transnational, interdisciplinary Networked Communities of Practice (NCoPs) organised around wicked societal problems. In March 2020, Future Law launched the Global COVID-19 Policy Response (GCPR) Meta-legal research initiative bringing together over 200 lawyers, subject matter experts and system thinkers to map national and international policy responses to the COVID-19 pandemic. By July 2020 GCPR had over 10,000 rows of hard and soft policy data for 196 countries. In August 2020, the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia (UNESCAP) recognized the work of the collaborative and published one of the papers produced by the GCPR (NCoP) 'Measures to Improve Transparency and Cooperation in Government Procurement & Trade in Times of Crisis'. In October 2020 Future Law hosted the five day Future Law Virtual Summit (FLVS) 2020 under the theme 'Negotiating the New Normal' which attracted over 1700 registrants and where 129 experts from around the world discussed law, policy and practice for a better world under the following four themes:

  • Multilateralism, Democracy & Global Citizenship : The convergence of globalization, rapid technological advancement and corporatism has given rise to new non-state multinational actors, hyper-connectivity, new transnational risks and opportunities, emergent challenges to the legitimacy of the nation state, and viral, global, populist movements for change. This Track explored the impact of these changes on people and society and examine how multilateral cooperation can become more participatory, inclusive and just.
  • Surveillance, Privacy & Big Data Analytics : A defining feature of the 21st century and one of the most urgent issues of our times has been the concentration of data, knowledge and surveillance power. Beyond issues of privacy, digitisation raises new imperatives for rethinking the laws which regulate behavioural futures markets and information capitalism which encroach on fundamental human freedoms. This Track explored new information industries, the current legal landscape and examine strategic intervention points and opportunities for the creation of a more ethical architecture for the use of our personal and collective data.
  • Rethinking Capitalism for Socio-Ecological Justice : There is growing consensus that orthodox economic theory and public policy informed thereby not only fail to address the major challenges of the 21st century but may be exacerbating them. Energy, environment, big data, consumerism, inequality, climate change, human rights violations and social justice are complex interconnected challenges. This Track explored the failures of contemporary economic thinking and examine some of the most innovative models and approaches for building a 10 year action plan for more inclusive, regenerative and just economies.
  • Emergent Law, Technology & Practice : Fundamental shifts in cognitive and complexity sciences have deepened our understanding of ourselves and the interconnectedness of all life within our planetary system. New generative, empathetic and adaptive leadership capabilities built on self awareness and self facilitation are required across sectors, industries, and disciplines. This Track explored the emergent areas of conscious and integrative law, technology and its impact on legal practice, design thinking and system intelligence for lawyers and new ways of being and doing for more holistic legal problem-solving and legal system change.

Networked Communities of Practice (NCoPs)

Fig. 1.0 Overview of Networked Communities of Practice

We are currently developing NCoPs in the following policy areas. Please click on the links below to access.