Oliver Goodenough’s research and practice at the intersection of law, science, technology, and finance make him an international authority on legal innovation. On the academic side, he is a Research Professor of Law at Vermont Law School and affiliated faculty at CodeX, where he has been a principal author of Computable Contracts and Insurance: An Introduction and Developing a Legal Specification Protocol: Technological Considerations and Requirements. He is also a Research Fellow of the Gruter Institute for Law and Behavioral Research and an Adjunct Professor at Dartmouth’s Thayer School of Engineering.
He was formerly an IPA Researcher and Visiting Fellow at the Office of Financial Research of the U.S. Department of the Treasury, where he worked on financial contract automation. His OFR working paper Contract as Automaton: The Computational Representation of Financial Agreements, co-authored with Mark Flood, is a foundational study in the field. For several years he was affiliated with Harvard University’s Berkman Center for Internet & Society (now Berkman Klein) and he served as co-director of its Law Lab project, overseeing legal technology initiatives including the automation of LLC operating agreements. He has also been a Visiting Research Fellow at the Department of Zoology at the University of Cambridge.
He is the author or editor of numerous volumes and articles, as well as reports and studies on computational law. Both in practice and in the policy world, he has been a leader in providing structures for linking Decentralized Autonomous Organizations (DAOs) to traditional legal forms. On the business side, he is a co-founder and director of Skopos Labs, Inc., which applies advanced AI to questions of law and policy and explores their implications for finance and investment.