Inspired by conferences like Gikii, and the ‘legal hackathons’ organized by the Legal Hackers movement, we hosted an event for Maastricht University students aimed at developing student’s competencies in fields that do not form part of their educational core but that, in today’s society, seem omnipresent. Innovation is a buzzword when it comes to law and legal education, but given the classical framework of this field in general, law and technology continues to remain a niche. With technology nurturing disruptive innovation, this event wants to show that there is so much untapped potential for bridging the two fields in creative ways that consist in real interdisciplinary and multi-stakeholder collaborations. On Friday 20 January 2017, 40 students from the UM Faculty of Law and the Department of Data Science and Knowledge Engineering participated in a creative workshop bringing together the fields of law and artificial intelligence. This unusual experiment was very successful!
One of our founders, Caroline Calomme, addressed a legal tech challenge to 400 1st year students taking the European Law School programme at Maastricht University.