The workshop “Legal Design as Academic Discipline: Foundations, Methodology, Applications” will take place on December 12, 2018 (full-day) in Het Kasteel (Melkweg 1, 9718 EP Groningen, Netherlands). The workshop is co-located with JURIX, the 31st international conference on Legal Knowledge and Information Systems.

Please note that you must register to participate in the workshop. If your paper is accepted, at least one author is expected to participate.


9.00-9.30: Desk registration (previous online registration is mandatory)

9.30-9.45:  Introduction to the workshop

9.45 – 10.15: Theoretical foundations of Legal Design:

9.45: Michael Doherty “Intentionally designing ‘Legal Design’ as an academic discipline”

10.00: Margaret Hagan “The Research Methods of Legal Design: A Theory of Change and Set of Methods to Craft a Human-Centered Legal System”

10.15: Joaquin Santuber, Babajide Owoyele and Lina Krawietz “The need for a Legal Design metatheory for the emergence of change in the creative legal society”

10.15 – 11.00: Discussion

11.00 – 11.30: Coffee break

11.30 – 13.00: Legal Design Applications

11:30 – 11.45: Pitches on Legal Design in Education:

11.30: Sanna Niinikoski “Building legal design competence in higher education”

11.35: Ilona Van Opdorp, Nathalie Hanssen and Derkiene Van der Ziel “Working paper ‘Co-creating legal design: Universities of applied sciences join forces’”

11.40: Daniel Bernal and Margaret Hagan “Legal Design: From the Classroom to the Courts”

11.45 – 11.55: Discussion

11.55 – 12.15: Pitches on Legal Design in Data Protection:

11:55: Tamara Orth, Frederik Wegner, Simon Metzler and Stefan Dilger “Legal Design for Privacy Policies used in mobile applications – a practical implementation in a specific mobile app”

12:00: Yki Kortesniemi and Jens Kremer “Recommendations and Automation in the Consenting Process – Designing GDPR compliant consents”

12:05: Yki Kortesniemi, Tuomas Lappalainen and Fayez Salka “User Attitudes towards Consent Intermediaries”

12.10 – 12.20:  Discussion

12.20 – 12.40: Pitches on Legal Tech & Visualization of the Law:

12:20: Joséphine Brenet and Axel Bédat Passi “The illustration of the practice of Legal Design through the blockchain”

12:25: Nóra Al Haider “The Reddit Divorce Bot”

12:30: Roberto Pusceddu “A new “image” of the contract. From the Creative Commons to the “icons” in the GDPR”

12:35: Chiara Fioravanti and Francesco Romano “Administrative procedures for migrants on the Web: from plain language towards a visual approach”

12:40: Gabry Vanderveen “Different perspectives on legal design: working on a problem analysis and research agenda”

12.45-13.00: Discussion

13.00 – 14.00: lunch

14.00 – 15.00: Group breakout session on Legal Design as Academic Discipline

15.00 – 15.30: Coffee break

15.30 – 17.00: Interactive discussion on the Legal Design Manifesto

18.00 – 19.30: JURIX welcome reception

Call for papers

Legal Design is an interdisciplinary approach to apply human-centered design to prevent or solve legal problems. It can help to create functional, inclusive and transparent legal documents, services, and systems. Whereas Legal Design is enjoying notable success in the business world, it has not yet been established as an academic discipline.

This workshop welcomes theoretical contributions, for instance on:

  • What is Legal Design? What is it not?
  • Which methodologies can be applied and for which purposes?
  • From which neighboring research fields can Legal Design benefit?
  • What is the added value of Legal Design to the academic field?
  • How can Legal Design help to develop and validate new legal theories?

It also welcomes the description of practical applications (projects, practices and examples, better if grounded in legal informatics):

  • access, usability, communication and visualization of legal documents, data and information
  • improving access to justice and remedies for different stakeholders
  • design of interfaces for artificial intelligence in the legal domain
  • design and evaluation of legal digital services (platforms, apps, etc.)
  • usable applications for natural language processing  of legal texts
  • design of technologies (e.g. blockchain, algorithms, artificial intelligence, platforms, etc.) in compliance  with the applicable laws
  • implementation and enforcement of legal principles through IT, design and behavioral economics (choice architectures, patterns, etc.)
  • interpretation of legal visualizations
  • transparency of legal information and documentation
  • usability in privacy, data protection, and security
  • Legal Design in & for education

Audience: academics from various disciplines (i.e. law, design, computer science, Human-Computer Interaction, behavioral sciences, communication, etc.) and representatives of public bodies. The workshop also welcomes non-academics that are willing to contribute to the debate.

Submission Guidelines:

Template for paper

Ideally, your paper should include:

  1. The research scenario
  2. The research questions and motivation
  3. Methodology
  4. Analysis and results
  5. Limitations
  6. Future work
  7. Conclusions

You can download an example of template to guide the drafting of your paper.


  • 14 November 2018 23 November 2018: Submission of draft paper (min. 2000 words). Submissions are now closed!
  • 24 November 2018 30 November 2018: Notification of acceptance
  • 30 November 2018 7 December 2018: Submission of nearly final version of paper for workshop documentation
  • 12 December 2018: workshop at JURIX2018 (one half day, in the morning)
  • 20 December 2018: final version of paper for publication

Papers must be in English and must be submitted in anonymous form on Easychair. Min. 2000 words and max. 5000 words.

Papers will be peer-reviewed by at least 2 PC members.



Arianna Rossi (University of Bologna and University of Luxembourg)

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

Margaret Hagan (Stanford University)

Jorge Gabriel Jimenez (Stanford University)

Monica Palmirani (University of Bologna)

Helena Haapio (Vaasa University)


Program Committee:

Arianna Rossi (University of Bologna and University of Luxembourg)

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

Margaret Hagan (Stanford University)

Jorge Gabriel Jimenez (Stanford University)

Monica Palmirani (University of Bologna)

Helena Haapio (Vaasa University)

Stefania Passera (University of Helsinki)

Yki Kortesniemi (Aalto University)

Alain Strowel (UCLouvain, Université Saint-Louis, KULeuven, Munich IP Law Center)

Emily Allbon (City Law School)

Gabry Vanderveen (Erasmus University Rotterdam)

Thomas D. Barton (California Western School of Law)

Gerlinde Berger-Walliser (University of Connecticut)

Eliza Mik (Singapore Management University)

Maria Schmidt-Kessen (Queen Mary University London)

Ivar Timmer (Amsterdam University of Applied Sciences)

Jukka Linna (Laurea University of Applied Sciences)

Matti Rudanko (Aalto University)

Max Oker-Blom (Hanken School of Economics)

Rob Waller (International Institute for Information Design)