Welcome to the open review site for Mireille Hildebrandt’s Law for Computer Scientists and Other Folk, forthcoming from Oxford University Press in 2020. The book is the result of 8 years of teaching law to master students of computer science, whose agile and inquiring minds made each course an intellectual feast.
Please note the book is not an attempt to turn computer scientists into lawyers, there is no claim to completeness. It is a presentation of how law and the Rule of Law protect what is crucial to constitutional democracy and how that is pertinent to computer scientists (and other folk).
We are looking forward to constructive Qs and commentaries.
The book should be read as a whole as law is in many ways an architecture that can only be properly understood if one grasps the whole as well as the parts (including the frictions between them). Those not interested in theory can skip chapter 1, and maybe even chapter 2. They will be referred back to the pertinence of these chapters while reading into the parts they deem relevant (though the software does not support cross-references at this moment). Chapter 11 is a bonus chapter that targets the intricacies of ethics and code, and how they interact with the law.
The site will be open for review comments for two months.
The cover image is El Lissitzky (1890-1941), 2. The Announcer, part of Victory Over the Sun 1923 released under Creative Commons CC-BY-NC-ND (3.0 Unported). It returns in chapter 11.
The book Law for Computer Scientists and Other Folk is now available for purchase at Oxford University Press and in open access here.
This project has received funding from the European Research Council (ERC) under the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme (grant agreement No 788734 on ‘Counting as a Human Being in the Era of Computational Law’ COHUBICOL).