Roger Brownsword

Roger Brownsword


  • Professor of Law, Laws
  • Phone82376
  • WC2R 2LS

    United Kingdom

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Research interests

As a researcher, writing about contracts and the common law, legal theory, bioethics, and the regulation of technology, Professor Brownsword's work is known around the world. Although most of his work has been published in the United Kingdom, he has also published papers in Australia, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, Denmark, France, Germany, the Netherlands, Singapore, and the United States.

For more than twenty years, Professor Brownsword's has collaborated with Professor Deryck Beyleveld in developing a distinctive morally-driven approach to law. The foundations of this approach are set out in Law as a Moral Judgment (1986) and it is taken forward in Human Dignity in Bioethics and Biolaw (2001) and Consent in the Law (2007).

In the area of Contracts, Professor Brownsword has published a new edition of his overview of contracts, Contract Law: Themes for the Twenty-First Century (2006, OUP) and he is working on a Chitty supplementary volume on exclusion clauses.

In the area of regulation and technology, he published the following two books in 2008; Rights, Regulation and the Technological Revolution and Regulating Technologies (the latter co-edited with Professor Karen Yeung).




  •  Law & the Technologies of the Twenty-First Century

Research interests (short)

Common law; legal theory; bioethics and law; law and new technology.

Biographical details

Roger Brownsword, who is a graduate of the London School of Economics, has been an academic lawyer for more than 40 years. Currently, he is Professor of Law at King’s College London, where he was the founding director of TELOS (a research centre that focuses on technology, ethics, law and society), an honorary professor at the University of Sheffield, and a visiting professor at Singapore Management University.

He has published more than a dozen books, including (in the area of regulation and technology) Rights, Regulation and the Technological Revolution (OUP, 2008), Regulating Technologies (Hart, 2008) (co-edited with Karen Yeung), and Law and the Technologies of the Twenty-First Century (co-authored with Morag Goodwin) (CUP, 2012); and he has more than 200 papers in edited collections and law reviews. He is currently co-editing the Cambridge Handbook on Human Dignity (which is in press) and just starting work on co-editing the Oxford Handbook on Law, Regulation and Technology.

He is the founding general editor of the leading European journal, Law, Innovation and Technology as well as being on the editorial board or committee of journals that include the Modern Law Review, the International Journal of Law and Information Technology, and the (upcoming) Journal of Law and the Biosciences.  

Professor Brownsword has acted as a specialist adviser to parliamentary committees dealing with stems cells and hybrid embryos. From 2004-2010, he was a member of the Nuffield Council on Bioethics; and, currently, he is Chair of the Ethics and Governance Council of UK Biobank. He was a member of the Law panel for the UK RAE2008 and he is a member of the international Law panel for the national research assessment being conducted in Hong Kong in 2014.

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions

Education/Academic qualification

Bachelor of Laws, University of London

Award Date: 1 Jan 1968


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