Law + Technology

Stanford University CodeX Research Paper Series 2022

The Journal of Law and Technology at Texas, 2023

19 Pages Posted: 27 May 2022 Last revised: 9 Jan 2023

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Thibault Schrepel

Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam; Stanford University's Codex Center; University Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne; Institut d'Etudes Politiques de Paris (Sciences Po)

Date Written: May 20, 2022


The classical “law & technology” approach focuses on harms created by technology. This approach seems to be common sense; after all, why be interested—from a legal standpoint—in situations where technology does not cause damage? On close inspection, another approach dubbed “law + technology” can better increase the common good.

The “+” approach builds on complexity science to consider both the issues and positive contributions technology brings to society. The goal is to address the negative ramifications of technology while leveraging its positive regulatory power. Achieving this double objective requires policymakers and regulators to consider a range of intervention methods and choose the ones that are most suitable.

Keywords: law + technology, complexity science, law & technology, technology law, computational law, law is code, code is law, law as code, code as law, law needs code, code of law, law of code, darwin, complexity theory

JEL Classification: K24, K20, K39, K30, K23, K29, K00, O33

Suggested Citation

Schrepel, Thibault, Law + Technology (May 20, 2022). Stanford University CodeX Research Paper Series 2022 , The Journal of Law and Technology at Texas, 2023, Available at SSRN: or

Thibault Schrepel (Contact Author)

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