The Nordic Conference on Legal Informatics will take place in Rovaniemi on November 12–14, 2019. This year, the conference presentations will revolve around three important and highly actual themes: 1) Digital Rights, 2) Digital Lawyers and 3) Digital Courts. These topics will be explored from a range of different perspectives, both academic and practical. The conference will investigate and elaborate on, e.g., the following questions:
1) Digital Rights
- How can digital tools and technologies be used to empower individuals and to promote and protect their rights, and what can legislators and others do in order to guarantee the realization of an individual's rights in the digital enviroment?
- What are the recent developments relating to rights that have gained or are gaining increased significance due to technological and societal developments, such as privacy, data protection, and intellectual property rights?
- What is the current status of digital human rights; what are they, how do they differ from traditional human rights and other rights in the digital environment, and are new ones needed?
2) Digital Lawyers
- What kinds of skills and knowledge does the legal profession need in the Network Society, now and in the future?
- How can ICT be used effectively to support and assist in the traditional work of attorneys and law offices?
- What kind of new possibilities does ICT open for legal services, and how does it transform the work of lawyers?
3) Digital Courts
- How can ICT be best used in the courts, courtrooms, and trial proceedings, from the points of view of different actors (judges, prosecutors, attorneys, parties, court support staff etc.)?
- How should technology be taken into account in judicial decision-making, including questions related to applying existing law to new technologies and questions related to evidence (evidence in digital and electronic format, in particular)?
- Can technology provide serious alternatives to traditional court procedures (e.g., AI supported decision-making in judicial matters and online dispute resolution)?
About the Event
The event is organized by Institute for Law and Informatics & Law, Technology and Design Thinking Research Group at the University of Lapland, Faculty of Law.
The event is financially supported by Heldtin stipendirahastosäätiö.
LL.D. Juhana Riekkinen
+358 40 484 4421
The Nordic Conference on Legal Informatics 2019 continues the
tradition of Nordic meetings, seminars, and conferences on legal
informatics, dating back to 1980s. Nowadays, the legal informatics
communities in Finland, Sweden, Norway and Denmark take turns in
organizing this annual event that brings together those who are
interested in the relationships between law and technology from all the
Nordic countries and beyond. The speakers and participants include renowned
legal informatics experts, university researchers, government
officials, professionals from the private sector, law students, etc.
The Nordic Conference on Legal Infomatics was previously organized in Rovaniemi by the Institute for Law and Informatics (University of Lapland, Faculty of Law) in 2015.
The conference consists of a workshop for doctoral candidates welcoming all topics connected to legal informatics (November 12) and a two-day main event focusing on the three sub-themes identified above (November 13 & 14).
More detailed information about the academic and social program will be updated on this page shortly.
Call for Workshop Presentations
The Doctoral Workshop is an excellent opportunity for PhD candidates/doctorands to present their research and receive feedback from international experts and researchers within the field of legal informatics. All topics with a connection to legal informatics or having to do with law and technology are welcomed. Presentations may concern the candidate's doctoral project or some part of it. If you wish to present your work, please mention this and your proposed topic when registering for the event. More specific instructions will be provided by the organizers.
The preferred language of the workshop is English. There is a possibility for a workshop session in Nordic languages, depending on the number of participants. If you wish to present your work in a language other than English, please contact the organizers.
- Keynote: Professor Erich Schweighofer, University of Vienna (Austria)
- Professor Peter Blume, University of Copenhagen (Denmark)
- Professor Cecilia Magnusson Sjöberg, Stockholm University (Sweden)
- Professor Tobias Mahler, University of Oslo (Norway)
- Chancellor of Justice, LL.D. Tuomas Pöysti, Office of the Chancellor of Justice (Finland)
- Professor emeritus Ahti Saarenpää, University of Lapland (Finland)
- Professor Sharon K. Sandeen, Mitchell Hamline School of Law (USA)
- Professor Peter Wahlgren, Stockholm University (Sweden)
- Associate Professor Rosa Ballardini, University of Lapland (Finland)
- Senior Officer, LL.D. Juhani Korja, Office of the Data Protection Ombudsman (Finland)
- Assistant Professor Manuel David Masseno, Polytechnic Institute of Beja (Portugal)
- Assistant Professor Karolina Sztobryn, University of Lodz (Poland)
The list will be updated.
Registration to the event will be opened in August. A link to the online registration form will be added to this page.
By that time, further information about the program, speakers, fees (including reductions and exemptions), accommodation, and venues will be made available on this page.
Note for students: A limited number of degree and exchange students will be admitted to the conference, and it will be possible to receive ECTS credits by attending the conference and fulfilling additional course requirements, as specified later. Detailed information about the student selection procedure and course requirements will be made available on this page and on other information channels of the Faculty of Law in August.