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This article explains Jur’s progressive approach to decentralisation.

At Jur, we are firm believers of decentralisation and its benefits to disintermediate and bring greater transparency in centuries-old processes.

This is even more true in the legal and justice sectors that have yet been disrupted by technology. We are eager to work together with the key players of the industry to bring innovation to life. Through collaboration, we believe that we can shape the future of the legal and justice sector. 

However, the number of stakeholders is too high to expect a change all at once. This is why we believe that the best approach for any suitable dApp is a progressive path wherein achieving decentralisation is the ultimate goal rather than as the starting point.

This is why we decided to separate Jur’s commercial side from that of research and development. The R&D will pertain to testing and validation of the decentralised features of any product, before they are brought into production and made available to market. 

This allows us to engage with stakeholders of the current legal and justice system (e.g. law firms, courts of law, etc.) and permit them appreciate the intuitive features brought by the technology without having to go technical, while still getting the core validation about the business idea and the overall mission of the company. This approach will streamline our product development to ensure that it meets customers’ demands and users’ needs.

That said, our commitment to empower those who are looking forward to the benefits that blockchain and decentralisation can bring to the legal and justice sector remains untouched. For them, we will arrange a dedicated environment to showcase the decentralised components of the platform and of the entire ecosystem. 

This is what we call ‘Road to Decentralisation’: the approach of separating the core business from its decentralised features and progressively integrating the decentralized application (dApp) aspects into the main core product. Each properly validated and tested decentralised feature will be brought and deployed into the main product according to a specific roadmap. This ensures that any decentralised feature integrated into production will be fully compliant with each jurisdiction where Jur will be deploying its commercial products. It will be crucial to prevent that, for example, an arbitral award issued by the platform will be challenged on the basis of its technical components. Jur intends to follow the Road to Decentralisation to avoid these road bumps.

Each core business feature on the platform will be enabled by the direct or indirect usage of the JUR token. This would mean, for example, that in order to open a Hub on the Open Justice platform, the Hub will be required to stake JUR tokens on the associated dApp. In this way, despite decentralised features progressively being integrated into the platform, token adoption will be ensured from day one of the product’s launch.

This methodology comes from our experience on the launch of our micro justice solution, the Open Layer. The product will be the object of further research, test and development over the upcoming years with our partner universities in order to ensure that it can serve production cases at scale and not being confined to rare usages as what happened with the community initiatives of the Jur Defender or the book sale on the Jur Beta Platform. Further development is needed to make sure that the platform can evolve to solve micro claims across jurisdictions.

For the upcoming launch of the Open Justice Platform, Jur’s first commercial product,  the roadmap will include release milestones and an insight on how the decentralized aspects such as the truly randomized arbitrator appointment will be developed, tested, and validated. 

Priority will be given to the business side to ensure that the core platform gets adoption, while part of the team will be moving the needle for the decentralised features. To reduce the effort and scope of development activity, these attempts will be delivered in the form of proof of concept (POCs)/functional prototypes that will be used to engage with the relevant stakeholders in order to gather feedback and validation. This will allow a faster development lifecycle and make it possible for the team to work simultaneously.

A more detailed roadmap will be presented in our upcoming white paper (v.3.0.0) and will be further detailed as we progress. 

In a nutshell, the Road to Decentralisation is our answer to tackle the urgent needs of a sector that is looking for an immediate solution, while balancing our long-term vision for a more transparent, efficient, and secure justice which we believe is achievable only through decentralisation.

We would love to hear your thoughts! Feel free to reach out on our Telegram community or on Twitter and LinkedIn.

We are developing the first multi-jurisdiction online dispute resolution platform, the Open Justice Platform. Learn more.

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