The digitalisation and the development of automated systems , as well as the evolution of artificial intelligence, has radically changed the legal landscape and will continue to impact law at an accelerated pace. These developments already have led to the creation of a completely new “branch” or area within the legal sector, namely the legal tech industry. The wide range of different legal tech applications, including contract drafting software, case-law mining programs, smart dispute resolution systems, and so forth, make operations and tasks possible which were previously inconceivable or would demand an enormous amount of resources. The rise of legal tech has brought about various responses from firm “legal tech believers” to legal traditionalists that consider the supplementation of technology for human resources as “highly disruptive”. Nonetheless, it would be short-sighted not to see that the advancement of legal tech is going to have a similar impact on the legal sector as industrialisation had on manufacturing.

The aim of the conference is to bring together practitioners, academics and legal tech companies from different legal systems in order to scrutinise what are the real implications posed by legal tech and to suggest an unbiased, but cautious, approach for the engagement of technology in legal practice. It is important for the legal community to have a framework for analysing the benefits and costs of new technology and computer programs before implementing them into legal practice. The costs of new technologies include potential legal and business risks, as well as ethical concerns and technological problems arising from legal tech.

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Thursday 17 October 2019

13.00-13.30 Registration

13.30-15.30 Panel 1: The Effects of Technology on Legal Practice

  • Prof. Larry DiMatteo and Jiang Jiaying, Technology and the Future of Lawyering
  • Prof. Florian Möslein: Company Law and autonomous systems
  • Dr. Benjamin Werthmann: Legal drafting and automation
  • Speaker TBA from Allen & Overy
  • Moderators: Prof. Andre Janssen and Dr. Pietro Ortolani

15.30-16.00 Coffee Break

16.00-17.30 Panel 2: LegalTech in ADR

  • Paw Fruerlund: LegalTech tools for arbitration
  • Mirèze Philippe: The use of technology in arbitration: the perspective of the International Chamber of Commerce
  • Raffaele Battaglini: The development of a smart ODR platform
  • Moderator: Prof. Mateja Durovic

Friday 18 October 2019

10.00-10.30 Registration

10.30-12.00 Panel 3: LegalTech in consumer relations and small claims

  • Prof. Eric Tjong Tjin Tai: The use of LegalTech in B2C relations
  • Dr. Jin Ho Verdonschot: Legal advice platforms and their relationship with national bar associations
  • Prof. Martin Ebers: Legal tech and European Consumer Law
  • Moderator: Prof. Francisco de Elizalde

12.00-13.00 Lunch

13.00-13.30 Keynote Address

  • Peter Wright: The effect of new technologies on the legal professions

13.30-15.00 Panel 4: LegalTech in the Public Sector

  • Prof. Georgios Dimitropoulos: Technological infrastructures and lawyering in the public sector
  • Jean-Marc van Gyseghem: Technology and fundamental rights
  • Prof. Sofia Ranchordas: Discriminatory administrative decisions based on AI
  • Moderator: Prof. Michel Cannarsa

15.00-15.30 Coffee Break

15.30-17.00 Panel 5: Legal Ethics confronts Technology

  • Prof. Jeffrey M. Lipshaw: Lawyering between deliberation and intuition
  • Dr. Mathieu Guillermin: Ethical Challenges: Mapping out the impermissible in the use of technology
  • Moderator: Prof. Larry DiMatteo
  • Event Details
  • Location: Amsterdam
  • Start Date: 17/10/2019 1:00 pm
  • End Date: 18/10/2019 5:00 pm
  • ArbitralWomen Participation: Mirèze Philippe