Laurence is a post-doctoral researcher in the CoHuBiCoL project’s legal team. He holds LL.B. (Hons, first class) and LL.M. (Innovation, Technology & Law, with distinction) degrees from the University of Edinburgh, as well as diplomas in legal practice and software development. In July 2019 he successfully defended his Ph.D. thesis in legal theory and design (title: "Digisprudence: the affordance of legitimacy in code-as-law") at Edinburgh, supervised by Professor Burkhard Schafer and funded by the University of Edinburgh's Principal's Career Development scholarship.
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.