BILETA Conference 2018

The University of Aberdeen, School of Law will be hosting the annual BILETA conference on Tuesday 10th to Wednesday 11th April 2018.

The conference will be held in the ancient King's College, Old Aberdeen, mainly in the Linklater Rooms and in Elphinstone Hall. The conference organiser is Professor Abbe Brown.  See and

Key Note Speakers

  • Professor Ronan Deazley (Queen’s University Belfast) exploring heritage and creativity
  • Professor Margaret Ross (University of Aberdeen) exploring the impact of technology on the student experience, with particular reference to mental health

The theme of this conference is:  Digital Futures: places and people, technology and data.


On the evening of the 9th of April there will be an AGM and informal dinner. The AGM will be held in C49, Taylor Building, Law School at 6.30pm and a dinner will then be held in a restaurant in the Aberdeen Merchant Quarter Area. Papers will be provided in  due course. All  welcome to the AGM and informal own cost dinner.  Please contact so we can make an appropriate booking.

Financial Support

With the kind support of Google, £200 will be available to PhD students to assist with travel costs.
Application forms and more details will be available at the conference.

For the 2018 conference, BILETA has decided to establish a Hardship Fund to assist in meeting the financial costs of attending the conference. Applications can be made by colleagues from institutions who are members of BILETA, at any stage of their career, who will be giving a paper or poster at the conference.  A maximum of £500 has been set aside, although not all of this may be awarded, and there may be several small awards.  Colleagues who are interested in this opportunity should contact with details of their financial need; the benefit that attending this conference will provide to their career; and the links between their work and the focus of BILETA.  Please note that the fact that your University is unable to provide financial support will not necessarily be treated as evidence of appropriate need. All information provided will be viewed only by the conference organiser, Chair and Treasurer of BILETA and will be held in confidence.  

Call for Papers

BILETA Conference 2018 warmly invites individuals to attend and participate in its critical and topical discussions on the future of law, technology and legal education. Papers are welcome from academics, researchers, practitioners, postgraduate students, those in business or practice, activists and anyone else with an interest. Participants are welcome from any country to enjoy the scholarly, social and cultural experience of BILETA. In 2018 we will meet at the University Aberdeen - one of Scotland’s ancient universities, established by Papal Bull in 1495.

Digital technology provides an increasing number of opportunities, which bring with them legal and regulatory challenges. Can the pre internet analogue solutions, and intellectual property and human rights frameworks, continue to be stretched? Can Internet based approaches be applied to the cloud and contemporary security challenges? Does technology remove social and cultural norms and practices, or does it create new ones, while preserving and developing the old? Does and can legal education drive technology and social attitudes? Does and can technology and social attitudes drive legal education and student and academic experiences? 

The BILETA Conference 2018 encourages new and creative explorations of these and other contemporary law, education and technology questions, including through the crossing of disciplinary boundaries and innovative research and pedagogic methods.  This year a particular emphasis will be placed on energy, sustainability, cultural, rural and development challenges.           

Key themes include:

  • Privacy and surveillance
  • Legal education, regulation and technology-enhanced learning
  • Intellectual property law and technology
  • Digital cultures
  • Cyber crime and cyber security
  • Digital, cloud and Internet regulation and governance
  • E-commerce, m-commerce and e-governance
  • Telecommunications law and regulation
  • Future technologies and law
  • Human rights and technology
  • Sustainability, energy, technologies and law
  • Development and rural challenges


We will forward to receiving proposals for papers and for posters.  For either pathway, abstracts of around 400-500 words should be submitted to by 26 January 2018.  

Taylor and Francis Prize

All conference participants are welcome to enter for Taylor and Francis prize of £250 (on behalf of the International Review of Law, Computers and Technology). Please submit a full paper (6-10,000 words, including footnotes) to by 23 March 2018

Postgraduate Prizes

This year there are two prize opportunities - the Google Prize (for a written paper) and the BILETA Prize (for a poster). 

To be considered for the Google prize of £200, please submit a full paper (6-10,000 words, including footnotes) to by 23 March 2018;   three papers will be chosen to compete for the Google award, which will involve defending the work in a conference session, and a conference vote.    

To be considered for the BILETA prize of £200, please send your poster (details will be provided as to format) to by 23 March 2018.  The submitted papers and posters will be uploaded to the conference website before the conference. 

Publication Opportunities

As always, we are delighted that there will be publication opportunities in special editions of the International Review of Law, Computers and Technology and in the European Journal of Law and Technology.  More details will be provided in due course.