Innovation is more than just technology - it is the pursuit of improvement. For us, innovation harnesses new methods of designing, thinking, creating and delivering legal services and promoting access to justice. We approach innovation from a design-thinking perspective, grounded by a robust understanding of the evidence base.
The Legal Innovation Centre at Ulster University brings together research into the application and impact of new legal technology and opportunities for the education and training of current and future lawyers in essential legal tech skills.We seek to innovate in three main ways, by:
Providing education and training to equip law students and legal professionals with the tools to become active innovators in the legal services market;
Undertaking research for industry clients, the public sector and the academic community, to explore and better understand how innovation can improve legal service delivery and access to justice; and,
Engaging in collaborative research and development through partnership with stakeholders in order to capitalise on the benefits of innovative approaches to legal practice.
The Legal Innovation Centre is at the forefront of understanding and facilitating the innovation of legal services. We welcome opportunities for collaboration, partnership and knowledge-exchange, and look forward to working with you to enhance the work of the legal services profession and to promote access to justice.
Professor Eugene McNamee
Eugene Mc Namee has been Head of the School of Law since 2012, having joined the School as a lecturer in 2005. Eugene is Executive Director and founder-member of the Ulster Legal Innovation Centre, a Centre of collaboration between the Law School and the School of Computing and Intelligent Systems. He has a strong interest in the direction of travel of technology-driven legal services innovation in the public and private sectors.
Professor Kevin Curran
Kevin Curran is a Professor of Cyber Security at Ulster University, Executive Co-Director of the Legal Innovation Centre and group leader for the Ambient Intelligence & Virtual Worlds Research Group. He joined the School of Computing and Intelligent Systems in 1999. Kevin's primary research and teaching interests is in the areas of Cyber Security.
Mark Potkewitz is Co-Director of the Legal Innovation Centre. He previously served as the Director of Policy for the Center for Urban Business Entrepreneurship at Brooklyn Law School, the Legal Technology Fellow at Brooklyn Law School and was a Google Policy Fellow and Adjunct Fellow at Washington, D.C., think tank, Tech Freedom.
Marcella McCann is the project manager for the legal innovation centre, before joining the centre Marcella worked in the University of Ulster Built Enviroment Team
Jane Hollway is Co-Director of the Legal Innovation Centre, and a Corporate/Project Finance Lawyer. She qualified as a solicitor in 1997, having spent training periods in the Dublin and Brussels offices of top tier Irish corporate firm, McCann FitzGerald.
Dr Niall McCarroll has been employed as Research Associate in the Legal Innovation Centre from September 2016, specialising in Legal Language Identification Intelligence. He has been working with Allen and Overy on a research project on atomisation of fact-checking legal documents.