The ground is shifting beneath our feet. Technology and globalization continue to uproot and reshape daily life and economics. Digital platforms connect billions around the planet in ever more complex networks of data and exchange. So why haven’t our legal systems kept up? The complexity of today’s global, digital economy, together with the advent of AI, blockchain technology, and machine learning, has pushed law to its limits, making it too expensive, too complicated, and too far out of touch with our needs. Gillian Hadfield believes we need to radically rethink how we make the rules for the 21st century. In Rules for a Flat World, she argues the legal sector can harness the same ingenuity, diversity, and investment that is powering global innovation.
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