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Jur Selected By OECD As Representative of the Startup Legal Tech Ecosystem
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The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development’s (OECD) Blockchain Policy Centre is launching the Global Blockchain Policy Forum to identify ways to use distributed ledger technology (DLT) to solve public policy problems.  Jur is happy to announce that the OECD has selected Jur to participate in the forum along with 17 other startups.  The OECD 2020 Global Blockchain Policy Forum is the leading international event focused on the public policy implications of distributed ledger technology. This event will provide an opportunity for the Jur team to explain the Open Justice Platform, an online dispute resolution platform that is legally binding in 166 jurisdictions, to a wide audience of  stakeholders that focus on the policy implications of blockchain and other distributed technologies, and discuss current ideas and upcoming issues with senior-level policymakers and industry experts. In their evaulation, the OECD’s committee has recognized the positive impact that the Open Justice Platform can bring to small and medium enterprises and professionals across the world by increasing access to justice, thus removing friction created by distrust and uncertainty that currently slows the economy. In addition to the OECD’s recognition, Jur has earned the attention of other groups with the power and ambition to change the legal landscape, including LawtechUK, a UK government-backed organization that recently chose Jur as the delivery partner for their Dispute Resolution Platform initiative. The forum will take place on 16-20 November 2020 as a Virtual Interactive Event running from 1pm - 5.30pm Paris time each day. The entire event will be streamed online and access is free.  Participants in the forum will discuss the leading applications and significant policy issues confronting the blockchain ecosystem in 2020, including asset tokenization, central bank digital currencies, and self-sovereign identity. It will review the emerging policy responses, including the recent work of the OECD, share best practices identified across the world, look ahead to emerging trends in the blockchain industry, and hear from stakeholders on how policy can best support viable and fit-for-purpose innovation and adoption of distributed ledger technologies. This is the 3rd edition of the forum, following the 2018 and 2019 editions. The 2019 edition took place on 12-13 September 2019 and welcomed more than 1600 participants, while convening more than 200 high-level speakers across over 50 sessions.  https://youtu.be/dbVj2vW226Y As in previous years, the forum will focus on assessing the development of blockchain over the past year and delving into some of the specific challenges to implementation and adoption, discussing emerging policy responses, sharing best practices identified in public blockchain initiatives across the world and investigating uses of blockchain in specific policy areas, highlighting the work of the OECD and other stakeholders. Previous conferences have devoted much of their proceedings to the regulatory challenges created by blockchain technology. But while this new technology poses potential new problems, it also offers potential novel solutions to old problems. This year, Jur’s presentation of the Open Justice Platform will demonstrate the potential of blockchain technology to offer new solutions to long-standing policy problems. You can register to the entire event for free at: https://oecd-events.org/blockchainforum%20/registration/register Let us know if you will participate, on Twitter!

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Block&Chai(n): Meet Tonmoy, Our Visual Designer
Because Jur is primarily a technology startup, people tend to focus on developers as the main impetus of the project.However, it would be unfair to overlook the importance of the visual designers, who are creating a user interface that serves as the face of the decentralized justice ecosystem. Getting to know Tonmoy Tonmoy Rajkhowa was born in the Northern part of India and received his Bachelor’s in Visual Communications in 2018. During that time, he learned the basic fundamentals of design and how it impacts the user, beyond just the concept of trying to make things look beautiful. He then took an internship with one of the top design agencies in India working on user interface and user experience (UI/UX) design. After working a few other design jobs, he began pursuing a Master’s Degree from Domus Academy in Milan, which he finally completed in September of 2020. Tonmoy's sketch of the decentralized Open justice Statue as a tribute to the Jur Community He first saw that Jur was looking for a visual designer in the summer of 2020, and after successfully completing a testing assignment, he joined the team. His official role is to create visual design elements for the UI/UX of the platform. He is responsible for a wide range of duties, including the design of the platform, graphics on the blog, and decks being used for business development, webinars, and other presentations. He’s not simply making a few images, he’s tasked with working alongside the core team to build the Jur brand as a whole.  Tonmoy recognizes the uniqueness that is formed by Jur as a combination of legal disruptions with a tech startup. It requires a different approach to design, something that is both extremely professional but also easy for users of all backgrounds to understand. "One of the challenges that I’m facing is that I need to design a system that is universally understandable. Even if users are located in Europe, South America, or Asia, they need to be able to understand what I’m trying to convey with my designs. Also with a target audience that includes lawyers and legal professionals, it’s going to be a challenge to make a visual design system that can be accepted by more traditional thinkers." As part of his adjustment to joining Jur, he’s worked closely with CMO Federico Angeloni and CTO Luca Y. Daniel to get approval and feedback on his current designs. He credits them for helping him understand the vision of the project, which he can channel into his designs. "Jur is a very fresh idea, and like all tech startups in that position, the pace is very fast. Fede and Luca have been very patient and helpful, which is really important. Right now, we are working remotely due to COVID. Working remotely for design is another challenge because normally you’d have brainstorming and group sessions where you could print out designs and talk it over with the team. Now with Jur, we are adapting to this and I’m finding new ways to do those processes. One of the tools we’ve switched to is Figma. This offers more tools for collaborative design and prototyping." Design - a business methodology or an art form? When Tonmoy approaches a task, he starts with a Double Diamond approach. After defining the task, he enters a discovery phase, where lots of different research and ideas are put forward. Eventually, this research converges on a single point, where they define what they are trying to design. This is followed by the second phase of divergence, where ideas on how to make that are put forward, before converging on a solution. The Double Diamond Approach to design. "Before I start designing a project, I do everything on paper. Once I think the idea is right, I use software like Procreate to sketch it digitally on an iPad Pro and then import the vector files to Adobe Illustrator. Before I got into design, I was really into art so that helps a lot. I used to draw a lot, especially anime and cartoon characters. I also designed album covers for a few of my friends who were in the music industry. So that’s how my journey began, as an artist, before shifting to design." For inspiration, Tonmoy points to famous graphic designers like Paul Rand and Sagi Haviv. Haviv is behind a lot of familiar logos like PBS, Mobil, and Harvard University Press, while Paul Rand created trademarks such as IBM, UPS, and ABC. Paul Rand also came up with the system that included documentation, inventing a universal standard of design. Tonmoy credits that system for being instrumental in creating an efficient design process for a company.  Finally, we asked Tonmoy about how he approaches a task. For me, it’s not a 9-to-5 job, to be honest. I personally tend to overwork because I want my product to be finished and to be the best product on the market. I want to help Jurand leave a mark that says ‘yeah, this design was created by Tonmoy. When you look at a famous artist’s work, you can tell from the design that it was by them. Graphic design is the same. Similarly, I want to create those visual elements that help me leave a mark in the world of graphic design. Gratitude to the Jur community for working towards the future of justice and for considering me as a part of the growing Jur family. I am ambitious to help the brand and the community thrive with design thinking in the legal industry and legal design, and to make legal and justice systems more human-centric, usable and gratifying.Let's make it better together!Tonmoy Rajkhowa We are developing the first Multi-Jurisdiction Platform for Online Dispute Resolution: the Open Justice. Check it out! Cover Photo by Hitesh Choudhary on Unsplash
Blockchain and Online Dispute Resolution in Qatar at Hamad Bin Khalifa University
The webinar saw outstanding participation by HBKU’s students and we were pleased to engage in an interesting Q&A session with the University’s Dean, Susan L. Karamanian. On the 23rd of September, we were invited by the prestigious Hamad Bin Khalifa University (HBKU) in Qatar to talk about how blockchain technology can impact dispute resolution. Professor Georgios Dimitropoulos, Associate Professor of Law at HBKU Law and Research Associate at the University College London Centre for Blockchain Technologies, chaired the event. HBKU's webinar page The webinar saw outstanding participation by HBKU’s students and we were pleased to engage in an interesting Q&A session with the university’s Dean, Susan L. Karamanian. In her words: Technology already has and will continue to have a major role in improving the efficiency of courts.  The webinar we co-organized with Jur was eye-opening, as our HBKU Law students learned about dispute resolution in the virtual world.  For them, it is very likely that the trip to the courthouse will no longer involve a lengthy commute followed by a wait to appear in front of a judge.  It may very well involve some clicks on a keyboard. This change will be profound. HBKU Law looks forward to having more interactions with Jur to help lead this conversation in the Middle East.Dean Susan L. Karamanian, Hamad Bin Khalifa University College of Law The participants reached the conclusion that blockchain can disrupt the justice system and contribute to increasing its transparency and impartiality. We have seen this as a recurring theme during our webinars across the world where we got in touch with communities from Mexico to South Africa to China. The response to the previous webinars was overwhelming, with an average participation of 133 registrants (90% legal tech lawyers) per webinar, in which we got the chance to connect, talk, and engage with around 300 law firms in 65 countries and 254 cities.  Our answer to the major problem of access to justice is our upcoming product 1, the Open Justice Platform, which we plan to release in Q1 ‘21. If you want to know more about it, please check out justice.jur.io. As in the past series of webinars, our speakers mostly focused on the relationship between smart contracts and traditional contracts (our CLO, Raffaele Battaglini), dispute resolution and blockchain with a specific focus on alternative dispute resolution (our legal engineer, Luigi Cantisani), how decentralization and blockchain solutions should be built in stages progressing from simple to complex features, and how complex is to create a blockchain-based platform compared to a traditional centralized platform (our CEO, Alessandro Palombo). It has been an extremely valuable session and experience. I think our students got important insights into how blockchain can impact certain aspects of the dispute resolution process. It is extremely important for them to hear from individuals that are shaping the field and have an impact on the “future of justice”.Professor Georgios Dimitropoulos, Associate Professor of Law at Hamad Bin Khalifa University Law College of Law I believe that blockchain technology will have a major role to play in the upcoming years, also because of the COVID pandemic, and I look forward to seeing the launch of the Open Justice Platform and letting our students test it - added professor Georgios. A final Q&A session was moderated by Prof. Dimitropoulos together with our CTO, Luca Y. Daniel. This section saw the participation of a lot of students and showed how interesting these topics are to a young legal audience eager to know more about blockchain technology and how it might affect their future careers. https://youtu.be/mK_9w9n5pvU Check the replay of the webinar We stopped by after the webinar to ask our hosts to share their thoughts on the webinar and the impact of technology when it comes to dispute resolution. A final thought from our CEO Alessandro Palombo: I was impressed with the community’s reaction to this event. It was in the pipeline for a long time and I am pleased that despite COVID, we were able to get in touch with HBKU’s students and share our knowledge of blockchain technology with them and discuss how it can impact their future careers as lawyers and dispute resolution professionals.Alessandro Palombo, CEO of Jur I am looking forward to collaborating more with HBKU and other universities in the Middle East to spread awareness of blockchain technology and involve them in testing our upcoming Open Justice Platform - he added. Get started with the Open Justice Platform