• Legal Tech Demo Night: 4th edition!

    Le Phare du Kanaal

    How do legal tech solutions really look like? How do you use them? Who decides to build one and why? Our demo nights show tools live and give you insights into the entrepreneurial journey behind legal tech tools. Thanks to the informal setting, the audience is encouraged to be (very) active. It is also an occasion for the legal tech community to meet and catch up, French-speaking, Dutch-speaking and English-speaking! 18:00 - Doors open & food Food & drinks can be ordered at the bar. Appetizers platters, quiches and cakes will be available. 18:45 - Welcome & opening of demo night 19:00 - Demo #1: Lawren.io Website chatbot assistant, intelligent contract bot and legal search engine. https://lawren.io/ 19:30 - Demo #2: Lexigogo Mobile app allowing users to video-record simple agreements or transactions and create binding video contracts https://www.lexigogo.com/ 20:00 - Demo #3: Clausebase Contract drafting software for legal experts https://www.clausebase.com/ 20:30 - Demo #4: CMS Dawn Raid App An app to guide you through the essentials in the event of a competition law dawn raid. https://cms.law/en/INT/Online-Services 21:00 - Drinks & networking 22:00 - Doors close If you would like to present your legal tech solution during the 5th edition of our demo night, let us know. In previous editions, we welcomed demos from Transparencia, Personaldata.io, Sket.io, Lawbox, Jureca, Online Solution Attorney, Lee & Ally, Legal Studio, Unpaid, Open Patent Office and Axiom. Small print: all our events are free of charge and we don’t collect your email addresses, so we currently do not offer drinks but we make sure to bring you to places with local beers and friendly staff. Of course, if you want to sponsor, we are all ears :)

  • Artificial Intelligence: what framework to use?

    The question of how to govern AI has long been a question of science fiction. Artificial Intelligence is not new. But recently the available data and computing power allows for systems that actually show a kind of intelligence. Recently a special task force of the European Union has delivered a report with suggestions on how to deal with AI. Nathalie Smuha was part of those proceedings. She comes and explain the results of the group and the next steps. This is the opportunity to ask any questions you may have on AI.

  • Workshop by Margaret Hagan, Stanford Legal Design Lab

    Location visible to members

    We’re hosting a flash event with Margaret Hagan, director of the Stanford Legal Design Lab. What can you expect? An interactive workshop on cultural experiments that can be run to build a more creative legal society. You can find more information about her latest book here: https://www.amazon.com/Rituals-Work-Engagement-Bottom-Up-Innovation/dp/1119530784 And about her expertise right here: http://www.margarethagan.com/ Limited seats available! On the practical side: there will be a few drinks available but make sure that you're not starving (yes, as you know, even judges are likely to render harsher rulings when hungry so let's make sure that we're in a positive mindset for the workshop :-) Practical Details from your Host: It's at the 6th floor at Avenue des Arts 46 (Subway Trône or Arts-Loi) Doors open at 8pm. It is possible that first doors are closed since weekend will have begun. However someone will be there to open. If not please call [masked] (Michel Segers) We have drinks but no food so grab something before ! Looking Forward to Welcome You All @FLINN !

  • Engineering data protection (with PRiSE meta model)

    Timelex Law Offices

    Developers want 'specs'. The DPO required privacy / data protection by design (PbD) like article 25 GDPR. The project manager only manages the project. The product / process manager has no clue how to translate "article 25 GDPR" to his product or process. Bloody hell, what a mess. And we are not even taking into account that parts of this project are outsourced. Yes, implementing PbD is not easy. It is hardly defined, so getting there requires work, or more correct collaboration. If everybody says "not my job" you end up with a disaster, a Frankenstein's monster at best. Thinking PbD from the beginning gets you off to a good start. But then there is the matter of making PbD tangible, specific, so the business and/or IT can document it, implement it, and control it. Not an easy feat. KULeuven's PIERRE DEWITTE has been working on that issue with colleagues. They have come up with the PRiSE meta model which might help bring the people in your organisation together around the notion of PbD. => For more info on Pierre Dewitte, check out https://www.law.kuleuven.be/citip/en/staff-members/staff/00117807 Of course this is also an opportunity to discuss how you have implemented or would implement PbD. The law firm Time.Lex (a niche law firm that a.o. assembles experts on data protection) is so kind to host the event in their offices, which are at walking distance from Brussels' central railway station. ==> For more info on Time.Lex, check out https://www.timelex.eu/en

  • What does the EU Copyright reform mean for internet users?

    We're hosting an event on the copyright reform before the final vote!! Back in 2016 the European Commission announced a proposal for a Directive that would create a lot of turbulence all over the EU two years later. The Directive was suggesting a reform on Copyright in order to make the law fit for the Digital Single Market. However, concerns were raised as regards the efficiency of this law in order to achieve its purpose. Among others, two Articles, namely Articles 11 (link tax) and 13 (upload filters) were the ones that were criticised vividly by the academia, civil society and organisations that represent all kinds of copyright in the creative sphere. The Council also added an extended collective licensing mechanism (article 9(a)). Our speakers: - Aimilia Givropoulou, Digital Policy Advisor Greens/EFA in the European Parliament - Anna Mazgal, EU Policy Advisor Wikimedia Deutschland e.V. - Astor Nummelin Carlberg, Senior Policy Adviser OpenForum Europe - Axel Beelen, @IPnewsBE Creative Commons Belgium will also be joining us. Agenda: 18.00 - 18.30: Welcome/Arrival of members 18.30 - 20.00: Presentations 20.00 - 20.30: Discussions 20.30 - 21.00: Drinks Join us in the meet up on the 21st March, a week before the final vote in the European Parliament and let's discuss what the challenges of the proposal are, why should we care and what can we do about it. www.FLINN.law is hosting the meetup and offering Brussels Legal Hackers members drinks and snacks! Yes, this is a first so don't miss this special meetup. Parking spots also available. Parking entrance is first garage door of the Rue Beliard !

  • Computational Law & Blockchain Festival: Brussels Edition

    Brussels is joining the second annual Computational Law & Blockchain Festival! It's a decentralized festival of events taking place in March throughout the world on the mechanization of legal reasoning and on blockchain. #clbfest2019 In the BRUSSELS node, we will focus mostly on a combination of learn and discuss (so no hack), with: GERRIE SMITS Author of the book "Blockchain is WTF" (waarschijnlijk toch fundamenteel) ==> General introduction and some "lightbulbs" as to what lays ahead in blockchain world KOEN VINGERHOETS Blockchain advisor with Belfius (https://www.belfius.be/) ==> From 7331 to legal: a selection of blockchain discussion topics WILLEM VAN DE WIELE Attorney with White and Case (https://www.whitecase.com) ==> Legal view on blockchain technology in the broad sense (TBC) AXEL BEELEN Expert in blockchain and data protection (https://www.ipnews.be) ==> Can blockchain and data protection be reconciled? NIELS VANDEZANDE Attorney with Time.Lex and author of "Virtual currencies: a legal framework" ==> Virtual currencies, a viable transfer of value? HENDRIK PUTMAN Attorney with Mythra, which created a bitcoin taxation decision tree (https://t.co/72wLU1q4Ht) ==> Virtual currencies and taxation -------------------------------------- As for timing: You can arrive as from 13h00. (The meetup start point has been moved to that point to indicate that.) The keynotes will start around 13h30. The speakers in principle will line up in the order they are mentioned in above. The keynotes have a slot of 45 minutes (except for the last one), but some speakers will be shorter, other may pass over that. In any case, the following is how the plan is: 13h30 - 14h15 Gerrie Smits 14h15 - 15h00 Koen Vingerhoets 15h00 - 15h45 Willem Van de Wiele 15h45 - 16h00 (pauze / buffer) 16h00 - 16h45 Axel Beelen 16h45 - 17h30 Niels Vandezande 17h30 - 18h00 Hendrik Putman -------------------------------------- Some extra information can be found on our website (meetup not allowing for all kinds of fancy layout): https://bxl.legalhackers.org/category/events/ -------------------------------------- Globally there are 3 different tracks: [1] Learn: New to computational law or blockchain technology? This is your chance to learn the basics. [2] Discuss: Interested in policy implications of blockchain technology? You will be part of a global debate - a true distributed policy hack! [3] Hack: Do you want to try building open-source computational law and blockchain-for-law use cases? We will get you everything you need to get started and we will work together to start working on a concrete tool. In Brussels we had to decide to not provide for the hack section, contrary to last year. We received information that the global organisation would not work with global challenges this year. So we tried to motivate a number of players in Belgium to launch a hack challenge, but only 3 organisations were interested. In the end, after they considered it some further (for which we are really grateful) they all decided not to go forward with it for diverse reasons. So we'll have to try again last year.

  • Data Subject Rights: facts, figures, design, practice.

    VUB - Vrije Universiteit Brussel Building D

    Data Subject Rights are a given in the data protection legislation (mainly Chapter III, but also part of Chapter VIII of the GDPR; rights under the Patients Rights legislation, etc.). Data controllers have to organise themselves so they can appropriately respond to a data subject's request, they have to inform the data subjects of their rights (art. 13-14 GDPR), go for processes and technology that respects and embeds those rights (art. 25 GDPR, maybe set up arrangements with data processors on how those should support the data controller in case of such requests (art. 28 §3 GDPR), etc. At this event the speakers will start from empirical findings on some of the data subject rights. The basis are two studies: on the "right to access" and one on the right to explanation of fully automated decisions. From there the idea is to build on that in an interdisciplinary way to discuss the feasibility of existing solutions, and - why not? - laying the groundwork for further innovative approaches. How should tech be designed to the data protection by design? How to take into account human-computer interaction findings? The speakers / lead participants are: - JEF AUSLOOS (CiTiP) - PIERRE DEWITTE (CiTiP) - LAURENS NAUDTS (CiTiP) - LUCIANA MONTEIRO KREBS (MintLab) - OSCAR ALVARADO (MintLab) - ELIAS STORMS (MintLab) Of course we would like to see input and participation from the legal hackers attending this event. More on Jef Ausloos can be found: - on the IvIR page of the University of Amsterdam, where he works as a postdoctoral researcher: http://personalised-communication.net/the-team-2/ - on the CITIP page with links to his publications: https://www.law.kuleuven.be/citip/en/staff-members/staff/00083103 - on the invitation for his PhD defence: https://www.law.kuleuven.be/home/algemeen/agenda-2018-2019/doctoral-defence-jef-ausloos - on his Twitter account: https://twitter.com/jausl00s More on Pierre Dewitte can be found: - on the CITIP page with links to his publications: https://www.law.kuleuven.be/citip/en/staff-members/staff/00117807 - on his Twitter account: https://twitter.com/PiDewitte We are welcome in aula D.0.02 on the VUB campus in Brussels. With a big thanks and shout out to the VRG (Vlaams Rechtsgenootschap) community at the VUB. Credit for image: found on https://www.elht.nhs.uk/

  • Negotiating agreements, supported by tech

    The Sister Brussels Cafe

    We would be sharing experiences on (1) negotiation of agreements (with as an example the recent "hype" of processor agreements under GDPR, as it more or less infiltrated in all businesses), (2) the spectrum of possible clauses in such agreements (in favour of party A or in favour of party B, or somewhat more balanced) and (3) tools that support the negotiations and signing of such agreements, with - if all goes well - a start-up showcasing its solution in the matter. Ideally you bring (a) examples of contracts / clauses of processor agreeements you sent out or received (clear out the actual parties if possible) (b) examples of tools (urls and logins (which only yourself would enter to show the solution used)) Hope to see you there...

  • Virtual Reality and the law

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