Legal Design Roundtable 2021

BOOKS IN CONVERSATION

25 of May

14-17 CEST

Register here

 

Official hashtag of the event #LDR2021

 

The interaction between law and design is a growing field of research, teaching, and practice. However, the scientific contributions exploring the foundations, methodologies, and limitations of “law and design” struggled to emerge for a long time. This was (and to a certain extent is still) due to a number of factors: interdisciplinarity is preached but not largely practiced; law and design is not a structured discipline, yet; the field does not offer clear career development paths in the academia; there is a lack of publication venues for the contributions in the field. These difficulties, however, have not stopped the scientific inquiry in this area. Indeed, over the last few years, the “law and design” movement has grown slowly but constantly at a point that this year we are going to see the contemporary publication of seven different volumes in this area. The goal of this roundtable is to put these books in a meta-conversation. We will invite the editors to introduce the main goals of their publication, the spectrum of contributions they collected, the difficulties they faced, and the conclusions they reached for the future of “law and design”. By engaging with the discussants and the public, the roundtable aims to:

- Acknowledge what has been done so far by the “law and design” movement

- Explore the foundations of such a movement

- Identify the steps to continue our work in this area.

 

Program

14.00-14.10: e-welcoming of participants by Rossana Ducato and Alain Strowel

 

14.10-15.30: Meta-discussion on law and design

Chair: Alain Strowel (UCLouvain, Université Saint-Louis – Bruxelles, Munich IP Law Centre, Pierstone)

 

Michael Doherty | Professor of Law and Associate Head of Law School, Lancaster University, UK

Marcelo Corrales Compagnucci, Helena Haapio, Margaret Hagan and Michael Doherty (eds) Legal Design: Integrating Business, Design, & Legal Thinking with Technology, Edward Elgar Publishing, forthcoming 2021

 

Amanda Perry-Kessaris | Professor of Law, University of Kent, UK

Doing Sociolegal Research in Design Mode, Routledge, forthcoming 2021

 

José Torres Varela | Universidad Libre de Colombia, Colombia

Legal Design: Cómo crear un sistema legal apto para seres humanos (= Legal Design. How to create a legal system for human beings), Legis, forthcoming 2021.

 

Marco Imperiale | Lawyer and Head of Innovation, LCA Studio Legale, Italy

Barbara de Muro, Marco Imperiale, Legal Design. Come il design può semplificare il diritto (= Legal Design. How design can simplify the law), Giuffré, forthcoming 2021

 

Astrid Kohlmeier | Legal Design consultant; member of the Executive Faculty at the Bucerius Center on the legal profession, Germany

Astrid Kohlmeier, Meera Klemola,The Legal Design Book. Doing law in the 21st century, Wolters Kluwer GmbH, forthcoming 2021

 

Helena Haapio | Associate Professor of Business Law, University of Vaasa; Docent of Proactive Law and Contract Design, University of Lapland, Finland

Marcelo Corrales, Helena Haapio and Mark Fenwick (eds), Research Handbook on Contract Design, Edward Elgar Publishing, forthcoming 2021.

 

15.30 – 16.50: Open discussion

Chair: Rossana Ducato (University of Aberdeen and UCLouvain)

 

Discussants

Lisa Toohey | Professor of Law, Newcastle Law School, Australia

Colette R. Brunschwig | Senior Research Associate, University of Zürich, Switzerland

Monica Palmirani | Professor of Legal Informatics, CIRSFID, University of Bologna, Italy

Stefania Passera |Passera design, Finland

Hallie Jay Pope| Lawyer and Chief at Graphic Advocacy, US

Arianna Rossi | Postdoctoral Research Associate,‎SnT, Interdisciplinary Centre for Security, Reliability and Trust, University of Luxembourg, Luxembourg

Rob Waller | Director of the Simplification Centre and President of the International Institute for Information Design

 

 

16.50 -17.00: Greetings and farewell

 

 

The Legal Design Roundtable is an event promoted within the Jean Monnet Module “European IT Law by Design”, co-funded by the Erasmus+ Program of the European Union.

 

Scientific coordinators: Dr. Rossana Ducato (University of Aberdeen and UCLouvain) and Prof. Alain Strowel (UCLouvain, Université Saint-Louis Bruxelles, IP Law Munich Centre). Technical and organisational support: Quentin Fontaine (UCLouvain)

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Conversations on Legal Design

EITLab Series of Seminars

23rd of April 2021 | h. 11.30-12.30 CET

Seminar with Zohar Efroni on

Privacy icons as legal design

The session is divided into two parts. In the first part, we will discuss the meaning of “legal design” (LD), how LD can be defined, and what kinds of aspects in our physical and informational environment may fall under that definition. In the second part, we will discuss privacy icons as a specific example for a certain type of LD or as a technique that applies visual-pictorial stimuli in order to convey legally relevant information and potentially influences the decision-making process of persons who are exposed to them.  

 

Recommended reading: Efroni et al. “Privacy Icons: A Risk-Based Approach to Visualisation of Data Processing” (EDPL 2019) – Link: https://edpl.lexxion.eu/article/EDPL/2019/3/9

 

The event will run on the MS Teams channel of the EITLab course. If you want to join send a request to rossana[dot]ducato[at]uclouvain[dot]be


Zohar Efroni (LLM, Cardozo) leads the research group “Frameworks for Data Markets” at the Weizenbaum Institute for the Networked Society in Berlin. His current research focuses on various legal aspects of data markets and the influence of legal institutions and regulation on the data economy, including  the cluster of questions surrounding the “data as counter-performance” phenomenon. The relevant legal framework includes contract law, consumer protection law, unfair competition law and data protection law.

Zohar further specializes in intellectual property law and conducts interdisciplinary research in the area of privacy and technology, including privacy icons and data trusts as solution approaches to structural and behavioral problems related to data protection and privacy laws.

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Conversations on Legal Design

EITLab Series of Seminars

26th of February 2021 | h. 11.30-12.30 CET

Seminar with Helena Haapio on

Legal and Human readable. By design.

This session is based on my cross-professional research and my work as part of legal information design projects, where lawyers have teamed up with business people, designers, and plain language experts to put users in the center. We will explore primary and secondary readers’ needs and what it means when not only the content but also things such as the tone of voice,  look and feel, and  usability  of documents matter – and what we can do about them. The goal: to ensure that what we prepare is legal and human-readable, by design. 

Recommended readingsRob Waller,  Contract design for humans: preventing cognitive accidents: https://www.simplificationcentre.org.uk/reports2/contract-design-for-humans

 

The event will run on the MS Teams channel of the EITLab course. If you want to join send a request to rossana[dot]ducato[at]uclouvain[dot]be

Helena Haapio is Associate Professor of Business Law, University of Vaasa; Adjunct Professor / Docent of Proactive Law and Contract Design, University of Lapland; and Contract Strategist, Lexpert Ltd.

After completing legal studies at the University of Turku, Finland, and Cambridge University, England, she served for several years as in-house Legal Counsel in Europe and the United States.

A pioneer of the Proactive Law approach, she has for many years promoted the use of simplification and visualization in commercial contracting. Her multidisciplinary research focuses on ways to enhance the functionality and usability of contracts through design.

Her books include Next Generation Contracts: A Paradigm Shift (Lexpert 2013) and two titles co-authored with Prof. George Siedel, A Short Guide to Contract Risk (Gower 2013) and Proactive Law for Managers: A Hidden Source of Competitive Advantage (Gower 2011). She also acts as arbitrator in contract disputes.

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Conversations on Legal Design

EITLab Series of Seminars

19th of February 2021 | h. 11.30-12.30 CET

 

Seminar with Professor Monica Palmirani on

Legal Design methodology: from the legal analysis to the visual design passing through the legal ontology

 

Legal Design is an emerging method of communicating legal content in a simpler and more transparent way using a human-centered approach. It is based on the engineering principles of design, on web design techniques, on the canonical principles of the visual artist. But it also includes analysis of legal theory to make sure legal concepts are modelled correctly in visual representation. To meet this objective, we suggest using the methodology of formal legal ontologies as a bridge between legal language and visual representation. This approach also makes it possible to counter the risk of the black box and to implement the right to explanation to detail the process of reduction to visual symbolism. Finally with the legal ontology in the background the graphic representation is fully machine-consumable with the Semantic Web technology. This permits to the algorithms and the search engines to understand better the meaning of the visualization and to build an appropriate knowledge graph of the legal knowledge for supporting the human computer interaction.

The event will run on the MS Teams channel of the EITLab course. If you want to join send a request to rossana[dot]ducato[at]uclouvain[dot]be

Monica Palmirani is Full Professor of Computer Science and Law at Bologna University, School of Law, Italy.  Graduated in Mathematic, Ph.D. in Legal Informatics and IT Law, teacher of several courses since 2001 on Legal Informatics, eGovernment, Legal drafting techniques, and Legal XML. She is member of CIRSFID, one of the main centers of excellence in Italy and one of the leading centers at the international level for the area of computer science and law.

She is also the Director of Ph.D. International Program Erasmus Mundus Law, Science and Technology (http://www.last-jd.eu). Her principal field of research is in Legislative and Legal Informatics. In particular, she is an expert of XML techniques for modeling legal documents both in structure and legal knowledge aspects, including normative rules.

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Conversations on Legal Design

EITLab Series of Seminars

12th of February 2021 | h. 10.45-11.45 CET

 

Seminar with Arianna Rossi on What is legal design? A lightning tour of a multifaceted discipline

 

In the last few years, we have witnessed an explosion of interest in legal design, both in the practitioners’ world and in the academic sphere. The term is often associated with legal innovation and its domains of application are blossoming. However, the boundaries of legal design action are often blurred, while the scope, the research methods and the merits of this new discipline still need to be rigorously established. During this seminar, we will seek to elaborate some preliminary answers, by interactively exploring a selection of legal design projects in the data privacy domain. Namely, we will examine: (1) legal design as an approach that challenges traditional legal assumptions, for instance, certain beliefs about how humans process information and develop trust in technologies; (2) legal design as interdisciplinary cooperation, through the case of a collaborative project about the transparency of website privacy policies; (3) legal design as a set of empirical research methods to investigate legally-relevant realities, like online manipulative designs (i.e., dark patterns); (4) legal design beyond the problem-solving approach, as a critique of how things are and speculation about how things could be.

The event will run on the MS Teams channel of the EITLab course. If you want to join send a request to rossana[dot]ducato[at]uclouvain[dot]be

Arianna Rossi is a research associate at the Interdisciplinary Center for Security, Reliability and Trust (SnT) of the University of Luxembourg. Her main expertise is in human aspects of privacy, transparency, choice architecture, legal design, and online trust. Arianna has a mixed background, with a joint international Doctoral Degree in Law, Science and Technology (University of Bologna) and a Ph.D. degree in Computer Science (University of Luxembourg). She has been an invited speaker at international conferences and routinely gives seminars at European universities, while she also organizes events on legal innovation.

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Conversations on Legal Design

Scientific co-ordinators Rossana Ducato and Alain Strowel

 

Program

 

12th of February | 10.45-11.45

Dr. Arianna Rossi

Researcher at Snt, University of Luxembourg

 

What is legal design? A lightning tour of a multifaceted discipline

 

In the last few years, we have witnessed an explosion of interest in legal design, both in the practitioners’ world and in the academic sphere. The term is often associated with legal innovation and its domains of application are blossoming. However, the boundaries of legal design action are often blurred, while the scope, the research methods and the merits of this new discipline still need to be rigorously established. During this seminar, we will seek to elaborate some preliminary answers, by interactively exploring a selection of legal design projects in the data privacy domain. Namely, we will examine: (1) legal design as an approach that challenges traditional legal assumptions, for instance, certain beliefs about how humans process information and develop trust in technologies; (2) legal design as interdisciplinary cooperation, through the case of a collaborative project about the transparency of website privacy policies; (3) legal design as a set of empirical research methods to investigate legally-relevant realities, like online manipulative designs (i.e., dark patterns); (4) legal design beyond the problem-solving approach, as a critique of how things are and speculation about how things could be.

 


19th of February | 11.30-12.30

Professor Monica Palmirani

CIRSFID, Facoltà di Giurisprudenza, Università di Bologna

 

Legal Design methodology: from the legal analysis to the visual design passing through the legal ontology

Legal Design is an emerging method of communicating legal content in a simpler and more transparent way using a human-centered approach. It is based on the engineering principles of design, on web design techniques, on the canonical principles of the visual artist. But it also includes analysis of legal theory to make sure legal concepts are modelled correctly in visual representation. To meet this objective, we suggest using the methodology of formal legal ontologies as a bridge between legal language and visual representation. This approach also makes it possible to counter the risk of the black box and to implement the right to explanation to detail the process of reduction to visual symbolism. Finally with the legal ontology in the background the graphic representation is fully machine-consumable with the Semantic Web technology. This permits to the algorithms and the search engines to understand better the meaning of the visualization and to build an appropriate knowledge graph of the legal knowledge for supporting the human computer interaction.

 


26th of February | 11.30-12.30

Associate Professor Helena Haapio

University of Vaasa; University of Lapland; Lexpert.

 

Legal and human-readable. By design.

 

This session is based on my cross-professional research and my work as part of legal information design projects, where lawyers have teamed up with business people, designers, and plain language experts to put users in the center. We will explore primary and secondary readers’ needs and what it means when not only the content but also things such as the tone of voice, look and feel, and usability of documents matter – and what we can do about them. The goal: to ensure that what we prepare is legal and human-readable, by design.

 

Recommended readings: Rob Waller, Contract design for humans: preventing cognitive accidents

https://www.simplificationcentre.org.uk/reports2/contract-design-for-humans

 


 

23rd of April | 11.30-12.30

Dr. Zohar Efroni

Researcher at Weizenbaum Institute for the Networked Society (Berlin)

 

Privacy Icons as Legal Design

The session is divided into two parts. In the first part, we will discuss the meaning of “legal design” (LD), how LD can be defined, and what kinds of aspects in our physical and informational environment may fall under that definition. In the second part, we will discuss privacy icons as a specific example for a certain type of LD or as a technique that applies visual-pictorial stimuli in order to convey legally relevant information and potentially influences the decision-making process of persons who are exposed to them.


 

If you want to attend the seminars, write an email to: rossana.ducato@uclouvain.be

 

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Legal Design VIRTUALtable 2020

Dear all,

after much thought over the last few days, we have decided to confirm our event online. Authors of the selected papers have invested a lot of time and effort to participate and we are lucky enough to have the technological means to give online conferencing a try.

We are aware that we cannot maintain the program as originally planned and with the same level of interaction. Therefore we have adopted some changes that you will find below.

This VIRTUALtable is going to be an experiment, at least for the organisers of this event. So, we thank you in advance for your patience and understanding. Let's experience it as a "prototype" and see what we can learn from it.

The positive aspect is that everyone with an Internet connection can participate! You can register at this link. We will provide you the details for joining the event in due course.

Stay safe and stay home!

All the best,

the Legal Design VIRTUALtable organisers

 

 


 

Legal Design RoundVirtualtable 2020

Legal Design Methodology: A pre-Blueprint

1 and 2 of April 2020

CEST Timezone

 

Official hashtag of the event #LDV2020

 

Program - April 1

10.00-10.30: Waiting room

All participants are free to enter the Meeting to test the audio and video.

 

10.30 - 10.40: e-welcoming of participants by Rossana Ducato and Alain Strowel

 

Session 1
Discussing the notion of Legal Design

10.40-11.00

Chair: Rossana Ducato (UCLouvain and Université Saint-Louis – Bruxelles)

 

Paper

10.40-10.50 I Apolline Le Gall (Où sont les Dragons ; Centre de Recherche en Design, ENSCI-Les Ateliers, ENS Paris-Saclay) and Sumi Saint-Auguste (Open Law * Le Droit Ouvert ; Prospective Lab, Lefebvre Sarrut), The four spaces of design practice: drawing from design theory to enhance legal design practice

10.50-11.00 : Q&A

 

Session 2
Design for Legal Education and Legal Culture

11.00 – 11.40

Chair: Alain Strowel (UCLouvain, Université Saint-Louis – Bruxelles and KULeuven)

 

Papers 

11.00-11.10 I Emily Allbon (City, University London) and Rae Digby-Morgan, Is law really that ‘special’?

11.10-11.20: Q&A

11.20 – 11.30 I Michael Doherty (Lancaster University), Using service design methods in the redesign of a law degree curriculum

11.30-11.40 : Q&A

 

 

Session 3
Legal Design in the Data Protection Field

11.40 – 12.00

Chair: Arianna Rossi (Snt, University of Luxembourg)

 

Papers

11.40-11.50 I Zohar Efroni and Marie Schirmbeck (Weizenbaum Institute for the Networked Society in Berlin; Humboldt University Law Faculty), Data Protection and Privacy Icons: A Risk-Based Approach to Visualization of Data Processing Aspects

11.50-12.00: Q&A

 

 

12.00 - 14.00: Lunch time (at least in the European timezone)

 

Session 4
Legal Design and Access to Justice

14.00- 16.05

Chair: Margaret Hagan (Stanford University) (video message?)

 

Papers

14.00-14.10 I Petra Hietanen-Kunwald (University of Helsinki) and Maria Claudia Solarte-Vasquez (Aalto University and Taltech), Operationalizing access to justice and empowerment in transaction design

14.10-14.20: Q&A

14.20-14.30 I Chiara Fioravanti and Francesco Romano (IGSG, CNR), Legal design projects in a specific domain: lessons learned and contributions from different disciplines

14.30-14.40: Q&A

14.40-14.50 I Florence Cols (Droits Quotidiens), A methodology to rewrite the Belgian letter of rights

14.50-15.00: Q&A

15.00-15.25: e-break

15.25-15.35 I Santiago Pardo Rodriguez (Universidad de los Andes), Access to Justice through Legal Design: the experience of the Legal Design Lab of the Universidad de los Andes and the Colombian Constitutional Court

15.35-15.45: Q&A

15.45-15.55 I Lois Lupica (University of Maine School of Law) and Genevieve Grant (Monash University), Will legal design improve civil justice systems? And how will we ever know?

 15.55-16.05: Q&A
 

Session 5
Technologies for Testing in Legal Design projects

16.10-16.50

Chair: Stefania Passera (University of Helsinki and Passera Design)

 

Papers

16.10-16.20 I Joaquín Santuber (Hasso-Plattner-Institute; This is Legal Design GBR), Lina Krawietz (This is Legal Design GBR), Babajide Owoyele (Hasso-Plattner-Institute) and Jonathan Antonio Edelman (Hasso-Plattner-Institute), Feasible and accessible psycho-physiological methods for Legal Design

16.20-16.30: Q&A

16.30-16.40 I  Jesper Clement, Frederikke Hjort Arentz, Maria José Schmidt-Kessen (Copenhagen Business School), Testing the effectiveness of online legal warnings with the help of eye-tracking experiments

16.40-16.50: Q&A

16.50-17.15: virtual cin cin

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Program - April 2

09.30-10.00: e-welcoming of participants

  • Test of the connection
  • Test of audio/video
  • Instruction about the netiquette of the virtual roundtable

 

Session 1
Legal Design and Dispute Resolution

10.00 – 10.40

Chair: Rossana Ducato

 

Papers

10.00 – 10.10 I Marco Imperiale (LCA), How a mediator’s mindset could improve legal design thinking

10.10-10.20: Q&A

10.20 – 10.30 I Hietanen-Kunwald Petra and Helena Haapio (Univeristy of Vaasa, Lexpert), Applying legal design in dispute prevention and resolution

10.30 – 10.40 : Q&A

10.40-11.00: e-break

 

Session 2
Notable examples of Legal Design in the private sector

11.00 – 12.20

Chair: Helena Haapio (University of Vaasa and Lexpert)

 

Papers

11.00-11.10 I Angela Tang (Slaughter and May), Unpacking Legal Design - Using the Double Diamond Framework in a Corporate Law Firm

11.10 – 11.20: Q&A

11.20 – 11.30 I Cynthia Charlier and Jeoffrey Vigneron (Lawgitech), Understanding digital platform regulations with interactive design & learning tools

11.30 – 11.40: Q&A

11.40 – 11.50 I Marie Potel (Amurabi), How to design compliance to restore its function, and reveal its underlying value?

11.50 – 12.00: Q&A

12.00 – 12.10 I Andres Polania, Jorge Garcia and Angelica Flechas, Legal Service Design for a bank, beyond the re-design of contracts

12.10-12.20: Q&A

 

12.20 -12.30: Greetings and farewell

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Second special issue on “Visual Law” on JOAL


The Journal of Open Access to Law (JOAL) hosts the second special issue dedicated to visual law.

 

Check the contributions by:

 

 

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Seminar “Icons, Transparency, and Data Protection – how might we translate legal provisions into tiny visual elements?”

EITLab Series of Seminar – 28 February, h. 9.30-10.20 

 

Seminar with Arianna Rossi on Icons, Transparency, and Data Protection – how might we translate legal provisions into tiny visual elements?

 

In data protection regulations, informing users about the practices of personal data collection and processing is a central tenet for lawfulness and a crucial means to implement the principle of transparency. Although this information is usually disclosed through privacy policies, Article 12(7) of the General Data Protection Regulation provides for standardised icons as an admissible way to communicate to users what happens to their data.
But what kind of communication can pictograms enable? And what is the current state of the research on data protection icons and can their efficacy be investigated? Several organizations are currently creating icon sets – however, these emerging initiatives follow different methodologies and have different goals: icons can prominently display risks deriving from data processing to enable informed consent, they can support the navigation of textual privacy policies, or they can be used in privacy dashboards as data subjects’ gateways to the exercise of their rights.

In this seminar, we will explore several questions:

• What is the function of the icons enshrined by the GDPR?
• To which extent can the GDPR icons implement the principle of transparency?
• What is the current state of research on icons amongst other transparency-enhancing measures and which results can be expected?
• How can privacy icons be designed and tested?

Arianna Rossi is an academic researcher in Socio-Technical Cybersecurity within the Interdisciplinary Centre for Security, Reliability and Trust (SnT) of the University of Luxembourg. Her research activity mainly develops in the domains of Legal Design and human-centred privacy, with a focus on choice architecture and transparency-enhancing technologies. In 2019, she received a joint international Doctoral Degree in Law, Science and Technology from the University of Bologna and a PhD degree in Computer Science from the University of Luxembourg.

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