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Dr Christopher Markou

Postdoctoral Associate
Leverhulme Early Career Fellow and Affiliated Lecturer, Faculty of Law
Law and Artificial Intelligence

Christopher’s research project Artificial Intelligence and Legal Evolution examines how AI and related digital technologies are changing the nature of legal practice, education, and challenging the conceptual foundations of the law itself.

Academic interests

Christopher’s academic interests include:

  • Societal impact of Artificial Intelligence and Digital Technologies
  • The ‘Future of Work’/Industry 4.0
  • Law/Regulation of Emerging Technologies
  • Social Ontology/Social Systems Theory.

Degrees obtained

  • BA, University of Toronto (Honours).
  • MA, University of Toronto (Honours).
  • LLB, University of Manchester (1st).
  • PhD, University of Cambridge.

Awards and prizes

  • Leverhulme Trust, Early Career Fellowship, 2018-2021.
  • Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada, Doctoral Fellowship, 2014-2018.
  • Wright Rogers Scholarship, Faculty of Law, University of Cambridge, 2014-2018.


Born and raised in Toronto, Christopher is a Leverhulme Early Career Fellow and Affiliated Lecturer at the Faculty of Law, and a Postdoctoral Associate at Jesus College.

His research project Artificial Intelligence and Legal Evolution broadly examines how advances in AI are changing the nature of legal practice, and examines how the shift towards an increasingly algorithmically intermediated legal system might debase established legal and democratic norms, and potentially displace the ‘rule of law’ for a new ‘rule of technology’.

Christopher lectures on the LLM module Economics of Law and Regulation, focusing on the regulation of AI and related digital technologies and the extent to which the legal/regulatory challenges they pose are fundamentally distinct from those faced at earlier periods of industrialisation. He has written widely for publications such as Scientific American, Newsweek and World Economic Forum, among others.

In January 2019 he will be a visiting Lecturer at King’s College London School of Law where he will convene the LLM module Law, Artificial Intelligence and Society. 

Other interests

Travel, fantasy football, spicy foods, songwriting.

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Publications, links and resources

  • Deakin, S. and Markou, C. (2018) ‘The Law-Technology Cycle and the Future of Work’, Centre for Business Research Working Paper Series WP 504.

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