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The l-m-d.net blog

This site collects and presents self-supporting paragraphs on legal mechanism design (l-m-d) for Complex Problems. Their order in the site is random. The Index, Categories, Authors and Searches may help to create focused views. All material is (literally) work in progress, aimed to be used in and adapted for scientific publications. 

At the root of the network is an open, moderated co-operative blogging space on Law and Complexity theory, for a project moderated by Aernout Schmidt and Kunbei Zhang. Their current project looks at what added value complexity theory has for theory and practice of designing legal arrangements.

Complexity theory looks at complex adaptive (networked) systems (CASs or CANSs). Kunbei wrote her PhD research on the subject. Kunbei and Aernout adapted her last Chapter for the CLSR.

The subject is especially meaningful where both the objects for regulation and the regulatory institutions are complex adaptive (networked) systems as many of these tend to be resilient to direct legal interventions. Moreover, in order to comprehend their dynamics the co-operation of multiple disciplines (and blending their separate results together) are required. These are hurdles for the reception of CANS-theory into the legal discipline. We aim at lowering  these hurdles and at increasing the law’s discipline’s willingness to consider.

Our  current approach and working plan have emerged from a Skype exchange on May 28, 2015, featuring the following propositions and reasonings:

  1. All attempts to make an introductory article that sticks have thus far drowned in a quagmire of networked concepts and ideas that seem eccentric to legal theory and somehow eventually leads to each attempted concept publication ending up looking like its predecessor. Such attempts nevertheless yield a large and useful crop: a reservoir of potentially self-supporting and informative paragraphs (or blogs).
  2. Our tactics to make this state of affairs productive is to first create and further extend this reservoir in the l-m-d.net blog towards becoming a large, almost comprehensive reservoir of self-supporting paragraphs discussing essentials of complexity & law — hoping to contribute to an environment of building blocks from which publications can emerge and/or be built.
  3. When we look up, after three months or so, we will try to make a few publications as proofs of concept.
  4. While we make the reservoir, we have private  and public self-supporting paragraphs. In the private blogs we (Kunbei and Aernout) comment on each other (react and adapt), before we make them public.
  5. Comments by the public on public paraphs are welcome — the first comment will be moderated (possibly leading to further verification by e-mail).
  6. When successful, we can aim to
    • attract some attention from people like Ruhl, Holland, Katz, Tussey, Webb, Page, Krakauer (or their PhD students) to participate and comment?
    • use the blog site as evidence of a serious, intrinsically motivated project (for further networked cooperation initiatives and/or funding requests)?

The l-m-d.net network

The l-m-d.net network blog sits on the WordPress.org platform, employs the Swift-basic theme, is hosted by SiteGround and is maintained by Aernout Schmidt.  The network blog site is stuctured as follows:

The hodi blog

At l-m-d.net/hodi is a private, moderated co-operative blogging space for a project with prof. dr. Gerrit-Jan Zwenne.

The slub (science and the law: uncomfortable bedfellows?) blog

At l-m-d.net/slub is a private, moderated co-operative blogging space for a project (an honours class on multidisciplinary discomforts) with prof. dr. Richard Gill and the students of the slub 2015/16 honours class.

The dotLegal consultancy blog

At l-m-d.net/dl is a private, moderated blogging space for Aernout’s consultancy work in progress.

The dotLegal publisher blog

At l-m-d.net/dlpub is a private, moderated blogging space for Aernout’s publishing work in progress.

Aernout’s private studio blog

At l-m-d.net/aernout is a private, moderated blogging space for Aernout’s work in progress.

About Aernout

Aernout (see the contiguous selfiecropped-ASWP.jpg) served (still obligatory at the time) as reserve marine officer (1964-1966) before reading law at Utrecht University (1966-1972), supporting his law education and his budding family by being a professional programmer on the side, at various Dutch universities (Utrecht, GU Amsterdam, Leiden 1969-1985). In 1985 he initiated the then new department for law and computer science, which later became eLaw@Leiden. Since 2003 full professor in Law & Computer Science, since 2010 emeritus, also at Leiden University. As can be traced in his publications (online), his main scientific interests focus on discovering and  understanding the evolution of legal mechanisms, and how  their resiliences and efficacies can be influenced by social practices. His current projects look at what added value complexity theory may provide to legal theory and practice – especially where the objects for regulation are complex adaptive (networked) systems. —— Since 2010 is Aernout of counsel of Corvers Procurement Services and participates e.g. in peer reviews and tenderboard quick scans. Since 2012 he is also of counsel of SCHMDT advocatuur. Since Augustus 2014 he is the only executive of dotLegal.net publishing, which bases its business model on producing material under public licenses.

About Kunbei

IMG_2131Kunbei Zhang was born in China on 31 December 1983. After completing her Bachelor Degree in Law at the Southwest University of Political Science and Law in 2006, she worked as a lawyer in Guo Hong Electronic Company. In 2007, she started to pursue her legal studies at the Trinity College Dublin. And she graduated with a LLM degree in 2008. In October, 2008, she joined the elaw@Leiden of Leiden University as a PhD researcher. She published “Incomplete Data Protection Law” in German Law Review in 2014. In September, 2014, she graduated with a Ph.D degree in Leiden University. Now, she is a lecturer in Chongqing Technology and Business University as well as a guest researcher in elaw@leiden. Her most recent publication is “Thinking of Data Protection Law as a Complex Adaptive System” in Computer Law and Security Review in 2015.
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