Two futures are outlined for the professions. Both rest on technology. One is reassuringly familiar. It is a more efficient version of what we have today. The second is transformational - a gradual replacement of professionals by ‘increasingly capable systems’. In the long run, in an Internet society, it is claimed, we will neither need nor want doctors, teachers, accountants, architects, the clergy, consultants, lawyers, and many others, to work as they did in the 20th century.
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Richard Susskind is Gresham College's first Honorary Professor. As Gresham Professor of Law from 2000-2004, he conducted public interviews with leading judges and lawyers, the transcripts of which are now published as The Susskind Interviews: Legal Experts in Changing Times (Sweet & Maxwell, 2005).
Richard Susskind has specialised in the impact of information technology on the law for 25 years. He is an independent adviser to major professional firms and to national governments. He lectures internationally and has been invited to speak in over 40 countries. His books include Expert Systems in Law (OUP, 1987), The Future of Law (OUP, 1996) and Transforming the Law (OUP, 2000). He is a law columnist for The Times and General Editor of the International Journal of Law and Information Technology (OUP). He holds a law professorship at the University of Strathclyde in Glasgow.
He has advised on numerous government inquiries and has been IT Adviser to the Lord Chief Justice of England since 1998. In 2003, he was appointed by the Cabinet Office as Chair of a non-departmental public body known as the Advisory Panel on Public Sector Information.
Professor Susskind has a law degree from the University of Glasgow and a doctorate in law and computers from Balliol College, Oxford. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh and of the British Computer Society, and was awarded an OBE in the Millennium New Year's Honours List for services to IT in the Law and to the Administration of Justice.
Daniel Susskind is a Fellow in Economics at Balliol College, Oxford, where he teaches and researches and from where he has two degrees in economics.
Previously, he worked for the British Government - in the Prime Minister’s Strategy Unit, in the Policy Unit in 10 Downing Street, and as a Senior Policy Adviser at the Cabinet Office. He was a Kennedy Scholar at Harvard University.