What training in the 21st century?

Pier Giovanni TRAVERSA 

Can we train lawyers in the 21st century in the same way as in the 20th century? What place is there for the law in the training of legal professionals if only machines are capable of handling growth and constant change? Should we teach law or teach how to think like a lawyer? What new skills are needed to practise law?

Blockchain, smart contracts


What we call “smart contracts” are actually computer programs which enable us to automate a number of operations and transactions that are sometimes very complex. Therefore, these programs can automatically complete the terms of a contract without any human intervention. They can be developed on blockchain platforms, such as the Ethereum platform, which are able to keep track of each transaction in a tamper-proof and secure manner. The object of this workshop is to consider the opportunities that this technology opens up for lawyers and their clients, as well as the legal issues that it will raise.

Legal Design


Presenting, organising and making legal information accessible in a form that is more easily understood and usable, without sacrificing quality and legal certainty. Bringing together lawyers, designers and behavioural experts with the aim of making legal documents intelligible, user-friendly and engaging for individuals or professionals. This workshop invites you to discover the basics of a rapidly expanding discipline.

Platforms, ethics and deontology

Christian LEMKE 

Platforms are the major players in a collaborative economy. These platforms allow lawyers and clients to connect easily. However, how can a contractual relationship between lawyers and a platform be organised, particularly if the platform is not owned by a lawyer? What impact will this have on the relationship between the lawyer and their client? Professional secrecy, the prohibition of fee sharing with non-lawyers or of referral fees. Are the rules of conduct still appropriate or applicable?

The quality and security of open data


Artificial intelligence aims to collect large volumes of judicial data to analyse and use before or during a legal debate, or to avoid it altogether. What rules will be applicable to the collection and use of this data? Lawyers produce the majority of this data. Under what circumstances will they be able to access it? What are the issues surrounding anonymisation for the parties, lawyers and judges? How can we address data fragmentation in Europe?

Predictive justice and algorithms


Can we predict the outcome of a trial before it has taken place? Can a program draft a court decision by itself? Can we predict whether an individual will reoffend? Artificial intelligence programs are already being rolled out in some jurisdictions to assist judges. What role will they play in trial proceedings? What impact will this have on the adversarial process and the principle of equality of arms? How do we tackle bias and understand how these programs work?

The supply of legal services in the digital age

Louis DEGOS 

Digital tools are eliminating the limitations inherent in the provision of traditional legal services. Lawyers are no longer obliged to only engage with a limited number of people from a restricted geographical area. How can law firms take advantage of new opportunities? What are the characteristics of digital legal services? What constraints could exist and how should the client-lawyer relationship adapt?

Towards digital justice

Panagiotis PERAKIS

Automated legal services are permanently available, easily accessible and affordable. Do they represent a complementary service or a substitution to justice services? Have the problems relating to access to justice been resolved? Can we imagine digital representation by a lawyer before an “online” Court? How can we verify that a person is a lawyer when they operate remotely? What place is there for lawyers in the ethical assessment of digital applications of justice? Should lawyers understand how the automated decision application arrives at its decision?