Laurence is the CoHuBiCoL project’s postdoctoral legal researcher. He holds Ph.D., LL.M. (Innovation, Technology & Law, with distinction), and LL.B. (Hons, first class) degrees from the University of Edinburgh, as well as diplomas in legal practice and software development. In July 2019 he defended his doctoral thesis in legal theory and design (title: "Digisprudence: the affordance of legitimacy in code-as-law", awarded without corrections), which was supervised by Professor Burkhard Schafer and funded by the University of Edinburgh's Principal's Career Development scholarship. The thesis will be published by Edinburgh University Press in 2021, entitled Digisprudence: Code as Law Rebooted.
He is interested in the theoretical cross-over between law and technology and the questions of legitimacy raised by the private production of software normativity. He has previously worked as a research assistant for Burkhard Schafer as part of the UK Copyright and Creative Economy Centre (CREATe) and for Lilian Edwards at Strathclyde University. Prior to his postgraduate studies he worked as a legal assistant at the Scottish Law Commission, and as a professional web developer in the private sector. Since 2013 he has been Technical Editor of SCRIPTed: A Journal of Law, Technology & Society, based at Edinburgh Law School’s renowned SCRIPT Centre.