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Position of Ambassador for Spain filled again – Laura Fauqueur returns to the representative network of ELTA

Since April 2021, the position of national representative for Spain has been filled again: Laura Fauqueur returns to the position of Ambassador for Spain in the European Legal Technology Association (ELTA). Laura has been an ELTA member since the beginning and has already held the role for Spain in the founding years.

“We are very excited to work with Laura to further deepen our relationship with the Spanish legal tech community and to develop new ideas. She perfectly complements our existing network of ambassadors,” says Holger Zscheyge, President of ELTA.

Laura Fauqueur is a Director for the Masters in Legal Tech of the CEU Institute of Advanced Management (Madrid, Spain). Apart from giving lectures for this and other universities, she also works as a Legal Designer and Design Thinking facilitator, and as a consultant in innovation, digital transformation and marketing for the legal industry.

ELTA Ambassadors are a group of well-connected Legal Tech pioneers from all over Europe and beyond, who volunteer to act as “swinging doors” between their country or region and the international level of ELTA. In addition to the regional Ambassadors, the group also comprises Ambassadors representing sectors and interest groups in the legal market at a European level.

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Partnership with ELSA

 

The European Legal Technology Association (ELTA) is excited to announce its partnership with the European Law Student’s Association (ELSA) as a General International Focus Programme Partner. ELTA’s and ELSA’s goals are very well aligned, and we understand the importance of including students into the effort to bring change to the legal industry. ELSA has fantastic programs in place to facilitate these efforts, and ELTA will support these programs with its resources and network of dedicated people. Follow us and ELSA for future updates on joint initiatives.

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European Legal Technology Association elects new president and board

On November 27, 2020, the members of the European Legal Technology Association (ELTA) elected a new board, the governing body of ELTA.

The new board consists of Holger Zscheyge (Russia) as next President of ELTA, Helena Hallgarn (Sweden) and Jeroen Zweers (The Netherlands) as Vice Presidents, Grégoire Miot (France), as Treasurer, Marisa Monteiro (Portugal), as well as Orsolya Görgényi (Hungary) and former President Tobias Heining (Germany) as co-opted board members. In accordance with ELTA’s bylaws, members elect a new board biennially during a general members meeting.

The new board extends its heartfelt gratitude to leaving board members – María Jesús González-Espejo and Hariolf Wenzler – for their dedication and hard work for the past years as vice president and president / treasurer and to the outgoing president Tobias Heining, who rejoined the board, for his leadership and strategic vision. A special thanks goes to Julia Brünjes, General Secretary of ELTA, for her tireless work at keeping the back office a well-oiled machinery.

«The members have elected a well-balanced board that considers both experience and continuity, local, cultural and gender diversity, as well as the need for renewal. Our new board is ready to lead ELTA during the upcoming two years in its development to the next level», commented Holger Zscheyge the election results.

«Since its foundation in 2016, ELTA has come a long way from an “atom model” organization, with a dense “Germanic” nucleus surrounded by a couple of international electron networks. Today it has reached a stable molecular international structure, held together by the firm bonds of a “good chemistry” between all stakeholders. Quite an achievement for a peer-to-peer network and a volunteer-led association. ELTA now has reached a level of size and complexity that demands the organisation to gradually build a crystalline matrix-like structure and strengthen the organisation’s presence and position. I would like to congratulate Holger Zscheyge as new President, wishing him and the new board members all the best for taking ELTA to the next level looking very much forward to our collaboration», says former President Tobias Heining.

ELTA will continue to develop into the go-to authority for European legal technology and innovation for all stakeholders of the legal technology ecosystem and build a strong community of like-minded enthusiasts that strive to push the legal industry into the 21 century. Everyone is welcome to join the association in this effort.

Major initiatives for the next two years:

  • Phase 2 of the European Legal Tech Survey
  • ELTA Conference 2021 & 2022
  • Implementing a new platform to strengthen the exchange between members
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The Innovation in Law Studies Alliance, ILSA, is founded with the mission to foster innovation in Law and Technology faculties all over the world

  • The alliance is open to all universities from around the world and its aim is to support them in transforming their curricula, relying on technology and becoming more global.
  • It will develop activities to prepare universities and their teachers to train their students in the competences and skills that the future demands.

The Instituto de Innovación Legal has launched Innovation in Law Studies Alliance (ILSA), an alliance of law and technology faculties whose mission is to support their transformation through the collaboration between its members, the organisation of innovative events and training activities as well as the exchange of good practices on innovation, among other activities. Over 15 universities from various countries worldwide, such as France, Poland, Spain, Colombia, Ecuador, México and South Africa, are already part of the network.
ILSA works with faculty leaders and teachers to help them acquire the new knowledge and skills they need to train their students in areas such as legal innovation, digital transformation, LegalTech, law firm management… In sum, the new knowledge and skillset that will be demanded by future employers.

María Jesús González-Espejo, managing partner of the Instituto de Innovación Legal, vice-president of the European LegalTech Association (ELTA) and promoter of ILSA, explains the envisioning: “we have made a reality of an idea that has been maturing for several years. We have always believed that the transformation of the legal sector had to start with the universities, and these need to commit to open innovation, encourage collaboration with other universities and be more global. ILSA will help them to achieve these goals. Furthermore, we want to bring the best LegalTech applications closer to students, so that when they start working, they can become fundamental pillars of the digital transformation within their organisations”.

To achieve its objectives, ILSA has created an ambitious activity programme that collaborating or associated universities will be able to enjoy, including:

  1. Events such as webinars by experts in subjects related to new technologies, methodologies, etc. (Access here the agenda of those planned for the coming months), as well as regular meetings for the exchange of good practices in educational innovation and the annual congress.
  2. Training in LegalTech, offered by the LegalTech companies that are onboard in the project. These include Docxpresso (Spanish document automation application), HighQ (British collaborative platform for working with your team, partners and suppliers), Jeffit (Russian ERP for law firms) or Nymiz (Spanish platform for the anonymisation of legal documents). These companies will be offering training activities for students and teachers to introduce them to the use of their software. The aim is to provide students with the unique skills that will enable them to stand out when searching for a job.
  3. Access to the collaborative and knowledge management platform, which has been created with HighQ, where members can find documentation on innovation and LegalTech, share news, generate debates, make queries to other members of the network or contact faculties in other countries to organise international activities.
  4. The ILSA seal, which will be launched in 2022 and will certify each university’s commitment to innovation.

In addition, the Alliance will promote in a second phase, the creation of a community of innovative teachers. This database will be very useful to help universities locate the best experts for each subject they decide to include in their training offer. As Iga Kurowska, ILSA’s representative in France and Poland, has pointed out, “one of the reasons why the much-needed modernisation of Law studies is not progressing, is the difficulty of finding teachers trained to teach these subjects”.

Moreover, the alliance offers support to universities and teachers who share the same concerns about the application of innovation in studies. Thus, relying on the experience of the Instituto de Innovación Legal (a consultancy firm specialised in advising operators in the legal sector on innovation, LegalTech, digital transformation and management) will provide training services for teachers, support in the organisation of events, collaborate in the preparation of training programmes or help in the search and selection of teachers.

ILSA has a strong network of partners in various countries and regions that represent and coordinate activities locally, and this network is projected to progressively expand. Amongst them: Sergio Arellano, president of the Inter-American Institute for Research and Teaching in Human Rights; Paulius Astromskis, partner of exe. legal; Daniel Bermejo, expert in digital projects of the Instituto de Innovación Legal; Mauricio Bermudez, managing partner of Acuña, Acuña y Bermudez; Virginia Carmona, professor of the Department of Private Law and Labour and Social Security Law of the University Rey Juan Carlos of Madrid; Janet Huerta, Editor of Foro Jurídico; Iga Kurowska, founding partner of Verne Legal and Professor of Law at the Université Catholique de Lille; Jackie Nagtegaal, Director of LIPCO – Law for all and founder of the Futures Law Faculty; Alice Namuli, partner and Head of Technology and Innovation at Katende, Ssempebwa & Co. Advocates; Karol Valencia, LegalTech project consultant, Legal Designer and Compliance Officer at Electronic IDentification; and Alexandra Villacís, President of the Association of Latin American Women Lawyers (AMJI) and Director of LATAM projects at the Instituto de Innovación Legal.

For more information on ILSA’s services, please visit its website.

ANNEX I: List of ILSA members already enrolled members:
• UEES Faculty of Law, Politics and Development (Ecuador)
• University Católica de Cuenca (Ecuador)
• University CBKE (Poland)
• University EAFIT (Colombia)
• University del Rosario (Colombia)
• University del Cabo (South Africa)
• Faculté de droit – Université Catholique de Lille (France)
• EDHEC Augmented Law Institute (France)
• University Rey Juan Carlos (Spain)
• University Ecotec (Ecuador)
5 more universities have already confirmed participation and we are waiting for their information.

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Board Election – Call for Applications end 5 November 2020

The annual general members meeting of the European Legal Technology Association will take place on 27 November 2020 at 12 noon. The invitation will be sent out 2 weeks in advance with all relevant information.

Every two years the election of the board is due and we would like to inform you with this email about the election procedure and announce the possibility to apply for a board position.

ELECTION PROCEDURE
Here is an overview of the most important facts. You can access the detailed description of the procedure for the board elections here.

  • All members who have been in the association for at least 1 year can stand for election
  • Every person who is up for election must submit an application
  • In addition, election lists with 3-5 persons can be sent to the independent election management
  • Application deadline is November 5, 2020
  • The members with voting right elect 3-5 persons as ELTA’s board according to the statutes
    • a president
    • 2 deputies
    • a treasurer
    • 2 board members
  • We will publish all applications at least 2 weeks before the election and inform all members
  • Independent election manager: Hariolf Wenzler (Hariolf does not run for re-election and checks if all applications have been submitted in full)

CALL FOR APPLICATIONS
Please apply for a board position by November 5, 2020 using this form. Applications are accepted exclusively via this form.

Access form: https://elta-eu.typeform.com/to/Pshencf6

In addition, there is the possibility that a board team can be elected as a list. These individual persons on the list must also submit their individual applications using the form. Please send the list to the election management at info@lta-online.eu by November 5th.

INFORMATION ABOUT THE WORK OF THE BOARD

  • The board works voluntarily and without remuneration
  • There is a virtual meeting at least once a month
  • An average 4-5 hours per week must be invested
  • ELTA is organized in resorts. The board of directors takes over the management of the respective resorts and is supported in the execution of the tasks by the management team and the regional ambassadors. ELTA works hands on.

We are looking forward to your applications. If you have any questions, please contact either me or any other board member.

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European Legal Tech Report launches on 12 November

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ELTA European Legal Tech Survey

One major goal for ELTA is to bring more transparency and clarity around legal tech to legal professionals from Europe and beyond. This mission is, doubtlessly, a long-term goal requiring continuous effort from the community. One of the first steps to achieve this goal is to gather the required information about the European legal tech market and make it accessible to everyone.

Therefore today ELTA launched its first survey of the European legal tech industry. Apart from serving as the starting point for several information resources ELTA is working on, part of the survey data will be used in a partnership with ALTA and the organizers of the Global Legal Tech Report to map European legal tech in a concise report to be publishes later thhis year.

We call upon all legal tech companies in Europe (which in the context of ELTA encompasses all countries from Portugal to Russia and the former Soviet republics, from Norway to Israel) to take their time and submit data on their companies and products. Even if you already submitted data separately to the Global Legal Tech Report, please resubmit it to our survey. The deadline for submissions is September 25, 2020, so don’t put this task on the back burner.

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Decálogo para una mejor Justicia con Legal Tech tras la COVID-19

La Justicia, como todos los servicios públicos, se ha visto superada en todos los países europeos por la pandemia. La COVID-19 ha cogido a las administraciones públicas, insuficientemente preparadas para ofrecer el servicio requerido por la ciudadanía. El volumen habitual de litigios ha aumentado de forma exponencial y se espera que siga haciéndolo en los próximos meses como consecuencia de circunstancias imprevistas como la paralización de las actividades económicas, el obligado aislamiento social que ha generado más confrontaciones en el ámbito familiar, el cuestionamiento de algunos ciudadanos de las decisiones adoptadas por los poderes públicos, etc.

Ante estas circunstancias, en la mayoría de los países de Europa las autoridades responsables de la Justicia están anunciando su intención de reformar sus sistemas para poder hacer frente a esos nuevos retos, señalando la transformación digital como solución para llevarlo a cabo.

Conformada por más de 400 profesionales de más de 30 países, la European Legal Techology Association (ELTA) tiene como misión impulsar el conocimiento sobre Legal Tech y su uso eficiente. Este decálogo ha sido elaborado para responder a esta misión.

Un grupo de trabajo dirigido por María Jesús González-Espejo, Vicepresidente de ELTA y por los siguientes miembros de su red de embajadores:  Holger Zscheyge (Rusia), Gregoire Miot (Francia), Konstantinos Anagnostopoulos (Grecia), ha sido responsable de su elaboración.

El decálogo está dirigido principalmente a los funcionarios públicos de la administración de Justicia y a los parlamentarios, y su objetivo es serviles de guía para diseñar los futuros sistemas de justicia al servicio de los ciudadanos y desplegar las tecnologías más apropiadas para apoyar el acceso moderno y fácil a la justicia.

Como resultado proponemos un total de 10 directrices con una breve descripción y una solución concreta, relacionada con Legal Tech, para hacerlas efectivas. Estas son las directrices:

  1. Justicia con estrategia
    1. Reformar la Justicia con una planificación a largo plazo y una visión de conjunto, no con medidas esporádicas, basada en el logro progresivo de pequeños objetivos, y que además involucre a todos los grupos de interés, y no sólo a una parte de ellos, en el diseño del plan.
    2. Soluciones propuestas: Creación de un registro de casos de éxito de uso de Legal Tech para una mejor Justicia que sirva de modelo a los líderes de la justicia responsables de la planificación estratégica.
  1. Justicia con financiación adecuada y gastos eficientes
    1. Los sistemas de justicia deben ser dotados de los recursos necesarios para lograr los objetivos y, a su vez, deben ser asesorados por expertos en cómo realizar un gasto eficiente.
    2. Soluciones propuestas: Creación de un registro europeo de Legal Tech para la Justicia y diseño de programas europeos para fomentar el desarrollo de Legal Tech made in Europe.
  2. Transformar la Justicia o innovar en Justicia
    1. Los operadores públicos deben reflexionar sobre la conveniencia de automatizar los sistemas existentes o bien revisarlos y rediseñarlos. Es crucial evitar la automatización de procesos que hayan sido probados ineficientes y aconsejable, rediseñar aquellos que no se ajusten a los requisitos y necesidades de una sociedad digital.
    2. Soluciones propuestas: Utilizar metodologías como Legal Design Thinking para revisar los sistemas y los servicios existentes y fijar sandboxes para el desarrollo e implementación de Legal Tech europea.
  3. Más y mejores datos abiertos para un mejor sistema de Justicia
    1. Más datos legales deberían de ser abiertos y accesibles, para así permitir que los intermediarios desarrollen soluciones útiles relacionadas con el Derecho.
    2. Soluciones propuestas: Creación de un registro europeo de legal data sets, que permita la evaluación comparativa de los conjuntos de datos disponibles por categorías.
  4. Transparencia y participación ciudadana
    1. Diseñar y evaluar la legislación de forma transparente, con evidencia y con el apoyo de los ciudadanos y de los distintos grupos de interés. La Legal Tech puede ayudar a lograr una Justicia más transparente y mejor, que fomente una participación ciudadana activa en la formulación de políticas, colocando a los ciudadanos en el centro del sistema jurídico y la Administración de Justicia.
    2. Soluciones propuestas: Identificar y ofrecer a los gobiernos europeos, de todos los niveles, un conjunto de procedimientos y herramientas para fomentar la transparencia y la participación en la elaboración de leyes.