Join the discussion: Access to Justice in the Digital Age

by 
CL News Team
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July 12, 2020

German government hosts the A2J Livestream on 16-July 

On Thursday, 16th July, the German Federal Ministry of Justice and Consumer Protection will host a major conference with a series of online panels on the Access to Justice in the Digital Age. Markus Hartung will moderate the event.

"How is digitalization changing the legal services industry and the judicial system? What are the implications of the digital transformation in terms of access to justice? How can digital technologies and applications be employed to safeguard and enforce fundamental judicial rights and procedural principles?"

(links and details below)

Digitalization, AI, and Justice in the Digital Age

The event, titled “Access to Justice in the Digital Age - Perspectives and Challenges,” will be opened by Christine Lambrecht, the German Federal Minister of Justice and Consumer Protection.

After the opening words, EU experts and policymakers will discuss some of the critical questions and challenges present in the contemporary world of digital tools and communities.

The sessions will focus on the digital transformation of EU Member States judicial systems; how digitalization impacts the access to justice; the role, limitations, and regulation of AI in legal systems and ADR.

Additionally, a special Q&A session will take place with Michael O’Flaherty, the Director of the EU Agency for Fundamental Rights. You can submit your questions in advance via email.

You can follow the discussion live (Thursday, 16-Jul) via this link. No prior registration is necessary, as Markus Hartung clarified, and you can attend the event for free.

(see here the program, as well as the full roster of speakers)

Why should you attend this event

"This is a must for everyone's schedule," said Markus, and continued: "the recently published EU Justice Scoreboard 2020 has highlighted some major issues and shortcomings in justice systems in the EU member states."

The conference provides an overview of the current state and insights from various stakeholders (Governments, the Legal Profession, Legal Tech, the EU Commission, to name some).

Likewise, two of the most prominent academics in AI will talk about opportunities to improve the judiciary.

"It may well become clear how important the ELTA Decalogue is, as it summarizes and projects important steps for the digitalization of the justice systems in Europe," Markus concluded.

What comes after the Legal Tech 1.0?

The rapid development of legal technology is one reason why events like this one are quite significant.

Although not evenly distributed, the underlying technology that assists legal service delivery is considered a "1.0". More specifically, these are software applications with relatively rudimentary scope (e.g., various databases, specialist applications, and e-file systems).

Applications that autonomously execute rule-based or decision-making processes classify as Legal Tech 2.0. In contrast, the 3.0 Legal Tech also involves deep learning AI that learns from past operations, and evolve the future direction.

Implications of such 3.0 technologies are profound and have to be explored and approached with caution. Hence, an early dialogue is more than welcome.

Make sure to save the day and join the online discussion here.


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