UniNe has created the LexTech Institute
In October 2020, the University of Neuchâtel (UniNe) created the LexTech Institute The LexTech Institute is an academic centre designed to provide UniNe researchers and partners with an environment conducive to understanding and studying the challenges and issues related to the development of digital technologies. The LexTech Institute cooperates with other academic institutions and is part of academic networks connecting Swiss and foreign researchers.
Founded by Professors Florence Guillaume (Faculty of Law) and Pascal Felber (Institute of Computer Science), the LexTech Institute enables the reinforcement of collaboration between researchers in the fields of law and computer science in order to promote the development of legal rules that can be effectively applied taking into account technical constraints. It is indeed essential to be able to set up a technology that fits into the framework defined by the rules of law, and conversely to be able to define a legal framework that takes into account the particularities of the digital world with its dematerialised model that transgresses physical borders. This initial objective was very quickly extended to other scientific disciplines in order to integrate the work carried out in the fields of economics and the humanities and social sciences.
The LexTech Institute’s researchers are divided into several research laboratories. The Cryptoeconomic Systems Lab is dedicated to blockchain technology and includes research on cryptocurrencies and tokens, smart contracts, Decentralized Autonomous Organizations (DAO), Initial Coin Offerings (ICO), Decentralized Finance (DeFi). This blockchain lab and the seven other labs, which are all dedicated to specific themes (Digital Justice Lab, Digitalized Persons Lab, Creative IP, Digital Economy Lab, Data Science Lab, Digital Humanities Lab, Digital Society Lab), allow for a global analysis of the issues encompassing the digital transformation of our society. The research work of the LexTech Institute’s members is listed on its website and is often freely available. The LexTech Institute’s blog features short articles on current issues in the digital field.
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