Director of The Law & Society Initiative
Nicolas is the chief executive of H5 and was a pioneer in advocating the application of scientific methods to electronic discovery. He contributes actively to advancing dialogue on public policy challenges at the intersection of law, science, and technology. He is a Senior Advisor to the Artificial Intelligence Initiative of the Future Society at Harvard Kennedy School, the chair of the Future Society’s Science, Law and Society Initiative, and a member of the Law Committee of the IEEE’s Global Initiative for Ethical Considerations in Artificial Intelligence and Autonomous Systems. Nicolas has been featured in Forbes magazine and is the author of a number of published articles on issues relating to technology and the practice of law. He has spoken before legal audiences at a wide variety of conferences and organizations, including Stanford Law School and the American Bar Association, and appeared with United States Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer at a groundbreaking summit hosted by Georgetown University Law Center and moderated by Arthur R. Miller, the Bruce Bromley Professor of Law at Harvard Law School (“And Justice for All: How the Electronic Information Explosion is Transforming the American Legal System”). Nicolas was a member of the Law and Judiciary policy committee for Barack Obama’s first presidential campaign. Trained in political science at the Graduate Institute of International Studies of the University of Geneva (Switzerland), he earned his M.B.A. from the Wharton School of Business, and chose to forgo completion of his M.P.A at Harvard’s Kennedy School in order to co-found H5.