Focus on tech and the law at new SMU centre

Singapore is to undertake a first-of-its-kind research on creating a working programming language for the country's laws and contracts. This language will be the foundation for specially trained computer programmers to create digital contracts and other legal documents.  SMU has been given $15 million by the National Research Foundation to helm the five-year Research Programme in Computational Law.  The research programme, to be carried out by the SMU School of Law, could result in Singapore becoming a pioneer in creating a working domain-specific language for law.  The programme will come under the new Centre for Computational Law, with Assistant Professor Lim How Khang as its centre director.  It will also house various projects on the development and transfer of technology to the legal industry. The research programme will also involve undergraduates from SMU's pilot Bachelor of Science (Law and Computing) course, which will start in August.  It is the first such course in Singapore to produce graduates in both law and computing disciplines for support roles in the legal industry, among other jobs.

The Straits Times