Richard Susskind

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Richard Susskind

Born (1961-03-28) 28 March 1961 (age 58)
Paisley, Scotland
ResidenceUnited Kingdom
Alma materUniversity of Glasgow (LL.B, Law)
Balliol College, Oxford (Ph.D, Computers and Law)
Known forThe Grid
Scientific career
Information technology
InstitutionsGresham College
University of Oxford
Strathclyde University

Richard Susskind OBE FRSE (born 28 March 1961) is a British author, speaker, and independent adviser to international professional firms and national governments. He is the IT Adviser to the Lord Chief Justice of England and Wales, holds professorships at the University of Oxford,[1] Gresham College[2] and Strathclyde University,[3] is a past Chair of the Advisory Panel on Public Sector Information and is the President of the Society for Computers and Law.

Susskind has specialised in legal technology since the early 1980s, has authored nine books and is a regular columnist at The Times newspaper.[4] Susskind has more recently furthered his research to cover the professions more generally and his latest book, co-authored with Daniel Susskind, his son,[5] predicts the decline of today's professions and describes the people and systems that will replace them. They argue that the current professions are antiquated and no longer affordable and explain how 'increasingly capable systems' will fundamentally change the way that professional expertise is shared. They propose six models for producing and distributing expertise in society.[6]

Online dispute resolution[edit]

Susskind chairs the UK Civil Justice Council’s Advisory Group on Online Dispute Resolution, which published a report in February 2015 recommending the establishment of Her Majesty’s Online Courts (HMOC). The report recommends HMOC consist of three tiers: online evaluation, online facilitation and online judges. According to the report, the benefits of HMOC would be an increase in access to justice and substantial savings in the cost of the court system.[7]


1992 – Honorary Member, Society for Computers and Law
2000 – OBE, for services to IT in the Law and to the Administration of Justice
2001 – Honorary Fellow of Law Faculty, Durham University
2005 – Honorary Professor, Gresham College, London


1992 – Fellow, Royal Society of Arts
1997 – Fellow, Royal Society of Edinburgh
1997 – Fellow, the British Computer Society


Richard Susskind is married to Michelle. They have three children: Daniel, Jamie and Alexandra.[8] Daniel Susskind, his co-author of The Future of the Professions, is an economics lecturer at Balliol College Oxford; Jamie is a barrister and the author of Future Politics, which also examines the future of technology; Alexandra studies the intersection between future technology and faith.[9][10][11]


  • Expert Systems in Law (Oxford University Press, 1987; paperback, 1989)
  • Latent Damage Law – The Expert System (Butterworths, 1988) (with P.N. Capper)
  • Essays on Law and Artificial Intelligence (Tano, 1993)
  • The Future of Law (Oxford University Press, 1996; revised paperback, 1998)
  • Transforming the Law (Oxford University Press, 2000; revised paperback, 2003)
  • The Susskind Interviews (Sweet & Maxwell, 2005)
  • The End of Lawyers? (Oxford University Press, 2008; revised paperback, 2010)
  • Tomorrow's Lawyers: An Introduction to Your Future (Oxford University Press, paperback 2013)
  • The Future of the Professions: How Technology Will Transform the Work of Human Experts (Oxford University Press, 2015) (with D. Susskind)


  1. ^ "Oxford Internet Institute – People – Professor Richard Susskind OBE". Retrieved 14 June 2012.
  2. ^ "Richard Susskind". Retrieved 14 June 2012.
  3. ^ "Susskind Richard Prof – University of Strathclyde". Retrieved 14 June 2012.
  4. ^ "The Susskind extracts". Archived from the original on 4 June 2010. Retrieved 8 December 2010. Cite uses deprecated parameter |deadurl= (help)
  5. ^ Dias, David (31 March 2016). "Q&A: Richard and Daniel Susskind on the future of law". Legal Feeds.
  6. ^ Richard Susskind. "The Future of the Professions". Oxford University Press. Retrieved 12 October 2015.
  7. ^ "Courts and Tribunals Judiciary | ODR Report February 2015". Retrieved 12 October 2015.
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  9. ^ officer, Pub (19 February 2016). "Dr Daniel Susskind". Balliol College, University of Oxford.
  10. ^ Susskind, Jamie (20 September 2018). "Future Politics: Living Together in a World Transformed by Tech". Oxford University Press – via Oxford University Press.
  11. ^ "Advances in Technology on Faith". 22 March 2017.

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