Laurence 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. His doctoral thesis, concerning the cross-over between legal theory and design, and was awarded without correction in 2019. It will be published in 2021 by Edinburgh University Press as a monograph in the Future Law series, entitled Digisprudence: Code as Law Rebooted.
Laurence is co-founder, with Mireille Hildebrandt, of the new open-access Journal of Cross-disciplinary Research in Computational Law (CRCL). He has worked previously 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. He has also 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.