Co-Lead, Research Theme 1: The Impact of Digitalisation on Work and Employment
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Simon Deakin is a professor of law and director of the Centre for Business Research at the University of Cambridge.


He specialises in the economic and empirical analysis of law, with particular reference to labour and financial markets. He has carried out empirical legal research in numerous countries including Japan, China, Russia, India and South Africa. He is currently researching the implications for law of machine learning.

Research interests
  • Labour law
  • Economics of law
  • Law and development
  • Law and technology
Research articles

Deakin (2020) Decoding Employment Status, King’s Law Journal, 31:2, 180-193

Adams, Z., Bishop, L., Deakin, S., Fenwick, C., Martinsson-Garzelli, S., and Rusconi, G. (2019)‘The economic significance of laws relating to employment protection and different forms of employment: analysis of a panel of 117 countries, 1990-2013’ International Labour Review, 158: 1-35.

Deakin, S, Sarkar, P and Siems, M. (2018) ‘Is there a relationship between shareholder protection and stock market development?’ Journal of Law, Finance and Accounting, 3: 115-146.

Deakin, S., Marshall, S. and Pinto, S. (2019) ‘Labour laws, informality, and development: comparing India and China’, in D. Ashiagbor (ed.) Re-imagining Labour Law for Development (Oxford: Hart).

Adams, Z., Bastani, P., Bishop, L. and Deakin, S. (2017) ‘The CBR-LRI dataset: methods, properties and potential of leximetric coding of labour laws’ International Journal of Comparative Labour Law and Industrial Relations, 33: 59-91.

Deakin, S., Malmberg, J. and Sarkar, P. (2014) ‘How do labour laws affect unemployment and the labour share of national income? The experience of six OECD countries, 1970–2010’ International Labour Review, 153: 1-27.

Armour, J., Deakin, S., Sarkar, P., Siems, M. and Singh, A. (2009) ‘Shareholder protection and stock market development: an empirical test of the legal origins hypothesis’ Journal of Empirical Legal Studies, 2: 343-80.

Armour, J., Deakin, S., Lele, P. and Siems, M. (2009) ‘How do legal rules evolve? Evidence from a cross-national comparison of shareholder, creditor and worker protection’ American Journal of Comparative Law, 57: 579-630.

Ahlering, B. and Deakin, S. (2007) ‘Labour regulation, corporate governance and legal origin: a case of institutional complementarity?’ Law & Society Review, 41: 865-908.


Deakin & Markou (2020) Is Law Computable? Critical Perspectives on Law and Artificial Intelligence. Hart Publishing.

Buchanan, J., Chai, D.-S., and Deakin, S. (2011) Hedge Fund Activism in Japan: The Limits of Shareholder Primacy (Cambridge: CUP).

Deakin, S. and Wilkinson, F. (2005) The Law of the Labour Market: Industrialisation, Employment and Legal Evolution (Oxford: Oxford University Press)

Working papers

Markou, Christopher and Deakin, Simon F., ‘Ex machina lex: the limits of legal computability’ (June 21, 2019). Available at SSRN: or

Policy publications

CBR blog:

L’Évolution juridique. Lectures presented at the Collège de France, Paris, May 2019. Includes lecture on law and technology: