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Symposium: What is Real about Law and Technology?


This introduction orientates the seven articles that comprise the ‘What is Real about Law and Technology Symposium’. This symposium was inspired by Bruno Latour’s and Giorgio Agamben’s 2018 books that seemingly respond to the election of Donald Trump, by reconceptualising the relation between the real and representation. It is suggested that the irresolvability of Being (that humans can only experience the real through culture) should ground a more nuanced location between constructivism and empiricism. How to think about and explore this, in relation to law and technology, is precisely the challenge to which the articles in this symposium respond.

Published: 2020-11-21
Pages:1 to 3
Section: Introduction to What is Real about Law and Technology?
How to Cite
Tranter, Kieran, Edwin Bikundo, and Charles Lawson. 2020. “Symposium: What Is Real about Law and Technology?”. Law, Technology and Humans 2 (2):1-3.
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Author Biographies

Queensland University of Technology
Australia Australia

Professor Kieran Tranter is the Chair of Law, Technology and Future in the School of Law. Kieran joined the School of Law, Queensland University of Technology, Australia in 2019 and is the founding General Editor of Law, Technology and Humans.

Kieran researches law, technology and the future. Drawing upon legal studies, the humanities and the social sciences, he charts how humans legislate, live with, and are changed by technology. In researching law, technology and the future his research often engages with cultural narratives that connect humans, law and technology and past configurations of humans, law and technology. The goal of his research is to guide and shape humanity’s technological future to be better than its technological past.

Griffith University
Australia Australia

Dr. Edwin Bikundo is a Senior Lecturer at the Griffith Law School, Griffith University, Australia. He is a Co-Managing Editor of the Griffith Law Review and Co- Editor of the Routledge Law Book Series: TechNomos: Law, Technology, Culture.

His work has appeared in The Netherlands Yearbook of International Law, the Asia Pacific Journal of Ocean Law and PolicyLaw Culture and the HumanitiesThe International Criminal Law ReviewLaw and LiteratureThe Oxford Journal of Legal StudiesLaw and Critique, the Journal of the Philosophy of International Law, The Oxford Handbook of International Criminal Law, and elsewhere. 

Griffith University
Australia Australia

Environmental Futures Research Institute

Griffith Law School

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