Antwerp, Belgium

Legal Technology and Legal Innovation

when 6 September 2021 - 10 September 2021
language English
duration 1 week
credits 3 EC
fee EUR 1500

In this summer course students will gain a better understanding of the concepts of legal technology and legal innovation as well as the importance of these concepts in the evolution of the legal world. They will understand the basic principles of the programming language Python and will be able to apply these principles in simple coding exercises. They will learn to code a decision tree, a mechanism that is daily used by lawyers, sometimes without being aware of it. Students will understand how a computer makes decisions and how it can make predictions by using so called explaining algorithms. That way students will also gain insights in how a computer can predict judicial decisions.

Students will also meet several legal start-ups and will understand the opportunities of legal technology and legal innovation in the business and customer services of these start-ups. One of these opportunities are the so called smart contracts. The concept of smart contracts will be analysed. The following questions are addressed:

• What is a smart contract?
• What is the legal value of a smart contract?
• What are the legal difficulties that might arise using a smart contract?

Besides this, students will also learn about the technical aspects of a smart contract and will learn how to put the basic principles of coding a smart contract into practice. Finally, the students will gain a better understanding of the concept of legal design thinking, in which a multidisciplinary frame is used to present and approach legal problems and legal services in an innovative and customer friendly way. Students will also apply the basic principles of legal design thinking in short exercises. The summer school ends with a Legal Tech Game. Students who successfully participate with this test will receive a certificate.

Target group

The summer school is designed for Master students in Law and Law professionals. No prior knowledge is required.

Credits info

3 EC
3 ECTS credits are awarded upon successful completion of the programme.

To include the credits in the curriculum at the home institution, participants need an agreement with the responsible person at the home institution.

A certificate will be awarded at the end of the programme.

Fee info

EUR 1500: Non-students

Fee includes lectures, course material, coffee breaks, a closing ceremony and social activities. Does not include accommodation, meals or travel arrangements.
EUR 750: Students

Fee includes lectures, course material, coffee breaks, a closing ceremony and social activities. Does not include accommodation, meals or travel arrangements.