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Investigating the Internet’s impact on business

Published: 8 October 2007

‘The role of the Internet in today’s business world’ is the title of the first lecture to be given on behalf of the School of Law’s Institute of Law and the Web (ILAWS) and partners, Thomas Eggar LLP, a leading regional law firm in the South of England.

Professor Chris Reed, a widely published lecturer on computer law and research will be talking about new business models and how websites like Facebook impact on the business world.

The lecture, which takes place on Wednesday 17 October at 6pm in the Turner Sims Concert Hall, marks the start of innovative new partnership between the School of Law and Thomas Eggar LLP.

Led by Professor Lilian Edwards, together with Professor Steven Saxby, and Dr Caroline Wilson, ILAWS is an interdisciplinary research centre that combines legal expertise in key domains such as information technology law, e-commerce, IT law and public policy, and intellectual property law. Work and research are focused on current issues for commerce and government, as well as preparing for the legal issues of the future.

ILAWS is one of five top legal research centres within the School of Law that include, the Institute for Criminal Justice, the Institute of Maritime Law, the European Legal Studies Group, and the Health Ethics and Law network.

Professor Natalie Lee, Head of the Law School, is delighted about the forthcoming event: "The ILAWS centre is an exciting new venture for the School of Law, and there would seem to be no better way to launch it than by the first in what will hopefully become an annual lecture series, given by a prestigious figure in the field of information technology law. We are enormously indebted to Thomas Eggar LLP for their sponsorship and support, and look forward to working closely with them in the future."

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