Lecture: Law and technology in legal history

Professor Dr. Jørn Øyrehagen Sunde, University of Oslo (Norway)

Date: 12.06.2023, 6:00 p.m.
Venue: Room 101-02, 1st floor | Sigmund Freud University | Freudplatz 3, 1020 Vienna


New communication technology changes law and government. This happened in the 12th and 13th centuries when oral law was replaced by written law. It happened in the 17th and 18th centuries when printing became the dominating way to communicate law. And we are facing similar changes today when law is going digital. What can we learn from history when it comes to the relationship between law and communication technology. How does this technology interact with other factors of change. And what changes we are facing in the digital era of law when it comes to ideal of justice, legal methodology and rule of law? This are questions that Professor Jørn Øyrehagen Sunde deal with in his forthcoming book on Law and technology in legal history.


Please register until 11.06.23: konrad.lachmayer@jus.sfu.ac.at


Jørn Øyrehagen Sunde received his doctoral degree in 2007, and became professor in Legal History the same year at the Faculty of Law at the University in Bergen. From 2019 he is professor at the Faculty of Law at the University in Oslo and researcher at the Norwegian National Library.

Since 2014 he has headed the Code of 1274-project on legislation and governance in the Middle Ages, and from 2019 he is in the troika heading the project on the History of Norwegian policing. From 2023 he is also heading a project on digital media and rule of law.

Sunde has authored three, co-authored one and edited fifteen books next to his doctoral thesis, he has published 90 reviewed articles and book chapters, and have won awards for his research dissemination. In 2023 he is forthcoming with two authored books on medieval legislation and on law and technology.