Richard Susskind

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Richard Susskind

Born (1961-03-28) 28 March 1961 (age 60)
Paisley, Scotland
Alma mater
Known forThe Grid
Scientific career

Richard Eric Susskind[1] 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,[2] Gresham College[3] and Strathclyde University,[4] 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.[5] Susskind has more recently furthered his research to cover the professions more generally and his latest book, co-authored with Daniel Susskind, his son,[6] 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.[7]

Early life and education[edit]

The son of Dr Werner Susskind and Shirley Susskind, he was educated at the University of Glasgow and took his doctorate from Balliol College, Oxford.[8][9]

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.[10]


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


In 1985, Susskind married Michelle Latter.[8] They have three children: Daniel, Jamie and Alexandra.[11] Daniel Susskind, his co-author of The Future of the Professions, is an economics lecturer at Balliol College, Oxford; Jamie Susskind is a barrister and the author of Future Politics, which also examines the future of technology.[12][13][14]


  • 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)
  • Online Courts and the Future of Justice (Oxford University Press, 2019)


  1. ^ "Susskind, Prof. Richard Eric". WHO'S WHO & WHO WAS WHO. doi:10.1093/ww/9780199540884.013.U36710. ISBN 978-0-19-954088-4. Retrieved 27 November 2020.
  2. ^ "Oxford Internet Institute – People – Professor Richard Susskind OBE". Retrieved 14 June 2012.
  3. ^ "Richard Susskind". Retrieved 14 June 2012.
  4. ^ "Susskind Richard Prof – University of Strathclyde". Retrieved 14 June 2012.
  5. ^ "The Susskind extracts". Archived from the original on 4 June 2010. Retrieved 8 December 2010.
  6. ^ Dias, David (31 March 2016). "Q&A: Richard and Daniel Susskind on the future of law". Legal Feeds.
  7. ^ Richard Susskind (2015). The Future of the Professions. Oxford University Press. ISBN 978-0-19-871339-5. Retrieved 12 October 2015.
  8. ^ a b "Susskind, Prof. Richard Eric". Susskind, Prof. Richard Eric, (Born 28 March 1961), author and independent consultant, since 1997; Information Technology Adviser to Lord Chief Justice of England, since 1998. Who's Who. 2007. doi:10.1093/ww/9780199540884.013.U36710.
  9. ^ "Richard Susskind". Retrieved 27 November 2020.
  10. ^ "Courts and Tribunals Judiciary | ODR Report February 2015". Retrieved 12 October 2015.
  11. ^ "No more apprentices. The robots are coming for your jobs..." Retrieved 27 November 2020.
  12. ^ officer, Pub (19 February 2016). "Dr Daniel Susskind". Balliol College, University of Oxford.
  13. ^ Susskind, Jamie (20 September 2018). Future Politics: Living Together in a World Transformed by Tech. Oxford University Press. ISBN 978-0-19-882561-6.
  14. ^ "Advances in Technology on Faith". 22 March 2017.

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