6 March 2018

New postdoc at iCourts

Jake SlosserThe Faculty welcomes Jake Slosser who has been employed as a postdoctoral researcher in the period 1 March 2018 to 28 February 2019.

Jake focuses on the use of Cognitive Linguistics to aid in the interpretation of European caselaw. He was previously at the University of Kent’s Brussels School of International Studies (BSIS) as a PhD researcher where he developed a proof of method for the use of a computer-aided methodology to incorporate the use of Cognitive Linguistics to investigate the force of precedent on conceptual change in the production of legal categories and bring to light deeper layers of meaning within judicial reasoning. In that work, he focused on European data privacy law, though his research spans a larger area  and considers the broader application of law to new technology and resource management. Outside of his academia, Jake’s work has ranged from community organising and voter research for the LGBT movement in Los Angeles, USA where he is originally from, to gender equality and education programmes in Port-au-Prince, Haiti.

His work with iCourts will expand his PhD work as well as connect with the work done by iCourts on precedent and citation networks of the European courts' caselaw - specifically, the European Court of Human Rights & the Court of Justice of the European Union. The specific focus will be investigating the concept of ‘mass effect’ - which can be defined as acts affecting a significantly large group of people not previously identified as a group - and population risk in the EU courts with reference to current and burgeoning genetic editing techniques in human populations, non-human animals, and agricultural applications.