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IE University in Madrid and Jur to launch interactive seminar ‘Smart Contracts and Blockchain’
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Jur is pleased to announce the successful completion of the fourth University Seminar on Smart Contracts, Blockchain and Dispute Resolution in its series of events with some of the most respected law faculties around the world. Following the success of its seminars at Radboud University in the Netherlands, Hull University in the UK, and the IE University at their Segovia campus, Jur returned to Spain at the invitation of IE University’s Madrid Campus. IE University, Spain The first seminar with IE University was a 'Smart Contract Competition' conducted at the IE University campus in Segovia. This time around, the Jur team virtually landed in IE University’s Madrid headquarters for a course consisting of 9 hours of interactive sessions called ‘Smart Contracts and Blockchain’. During the seminar that took place between the 20th of November and the 4th of December, students were introduced to the core topics of blockchain, smart contracts, and online dispute resolution. They were given hands-on training, guided by Jur's experts, in creating smart legal contracts, and experiencing the entire flow of Jur’s Online Dispute Resolution (ODR) system. The seminar’s interactive hands-on approach opened the opportunity for students to contribute their ideas to help in the development of effective solutions for online dispute resolution. Due to COVID-19 prevention measures, the seminar was fully online. The interactive sessions took place partly during the lectures and partly as assignments. Likewise, participation in the ODR system simulation was carried out online — in a perfect match with Jur's spirit of innovation towards online processes. Luigi Cantisani, legal engineer, Shuchi Tyagi, blockchain developer, and Michele D’Asaro, R&D for Jur led the meetings at IE University. They guided the students through a deep dive into the main concepts and practice of dealing with Smart Legal Contracts and ODR on the blockchain. IE University offers our undergraduate students tech-bites open to all students who are not majoring in the field. IE University, together with Jur, launched this seminar, taking its commitment to technology immersion in the learning environment to the next level.Juan Alcalde, program coordinator The team touched on wide-ranging topics from blockchain and use of smart contracts to game theory — which is the underlying framework for the Jur Beta Platform’s dispute resolution system, Jur's first dApp.  Jur believes that the interaction with academic institutions where students and faculty are focused on legal and technical analysis  is fundamental for a solid, updated, and scientific approach to the challenges it is tackling.  Law students are the future of the legal profession and they need to possess the best possible skills according to the market requests. Raffaele Battaglini, CLO of Jur "The current trend requires that lawyers possess computer science knowledge and feel comfortable with new technologies. Such hands-on events, which involve students in the flow of platform use and design, are a fundamental step towards the future of the legal profession and the widespread development of effective legal tech solutions." - He added. News of the seminar was enthusiastically received by the students and it was rapidly filled. Given the different backgrounds of the students, the seminar offered the opportunity to explore ideas and solutions enriched by the principles of diversity and collaboration, principles that are at the core of Jur's philosophy of innovation. IE Law School drives innovation in the legal world, training global lawyers that standout for their passion for entrepreneurship and humanistic spirit. Jur is the World's first Multi-Jurisdiction Online Dispute Resolution Platform. We are developing the first multi-jurisdiction online dispute resolution platform, the Open Justice Platform. Learn more.

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Jur to Start MDR LAB Legal Tech Acceleration Program
We are proud to announce that Jur has been selected to participate in Mishcon De Reya’s MDR LAB. The program will start in December 2020 and continue for twelve weeks. To reduce COVID-19 risks, the entire program will be run remotely. MDR LAB is a series of programmes that seek to launch, improve and scale the next generation of LegalTech. It receives approximately 100-150 startup applications and cohort membership is competitive and exclusive. MDR LAB’s 2020 acceleration program "Improve" represents a unique opportunity to work with a top legal tech team that has a proven track record to boost the upcoming launch of our Open Justice Platform. Jur and the MDR LAB team will work closely on establishing product-market fit and the testing and polishing of the roadmap for the Open Justice Platform, a new dispute resolution system designed to deliver faster, affordable, and more reliable justice in 166 jurisdictions worldwide.   The MDR team and the MDR LAB have professionals such as Tom Grogan, Alistair Moore and Nick West, all of whom offer a unique expertise in DLT technologies. One of MDR’s most recent achievements is the creation of the White paper for DLT use for the UK Land Registry.   Jur will participate in the program alongside Draftwise, a knowledge management and contract drafting startup. Founded by ex-Palantir team members with a core team based out of New York. Draftwise recently graduated from the Y Combinator 2020 batch.   We are really excited to join the MDR LAB. We encountered an outstanding team with deep expertise in DLT projects and a successful track-record in supporting startups who are scaling up. I believe that this cooperation will be strategically beneficial for the product-market fit of Jur and will help achieve our milestones over the coming months. We are extremely excited to start this journey!Alessandro Palombo, CEO of Jur We were originally interested in Jur because we have a shared vision of how we can use technology to democratise arbitration and improve the way it currently works. This is something MDR LAB have thought about for some time and the impetus to change has only intensified during the COVID-19 pandemic. We look forward to bringing the best of the MDR Group and our subject matter experts to help Jur achieve their business and societal objectives.Dan Sinclair, head of the MDR LAB We are developing the first multi-jurisdiction online dispute resolution platform, the Open Justice Platform. Learn more.
Jur Delivers a Professional Certificate Course with Mumbai Centre for International Arbitration
On 21st and 22nd of November 2020, the Mumbai Centre For International Arbitration in collaboration with Jur delivered a Professional Certificate Course on blockchain, smart contracts and online dispute resolution. The course was designed to teach professionals how blockchain and smart contracts technology work, and demonstrate their use cases in the world of dispute resolution. On completion of the course, participants received a professional certificate from the widely-respected MCIA.  Page 1 of the Professional Certificate Course on blockchain, smart contracts and online dispute resolution program Since its inception, MCIA has been spearheading its efforts in creating, supporting and promoting innovations in arbitration. This Certificate course in Blockchain and Smart Contract, in collaboration with Jur, was MCIA’s endeavour to draw on the latest innovations in the area of Legal tech to equip the arbitration professionals in these specialised skills. The course was very well attended and saw participation from senior professionals of the arbitration community. MCIA looks forward to hosting many more such courses in the future.Neeti Sachdeva, Secretary General and Registrar at Mumbai Centre For International Arbitration This is the first of Jur's initiatives that are meant for professionals. It has been built on the insights provided by the recent successful programs for students that were hosted by institutions such as Radboud University, IE University and University of Hull. After listening to lectures providing an overview of blockchain technology and smart contracts, the participants created their own smart legal contracts to represent traditional legal agreements with the guidance of the experts from Jur.  I am thrilled by the professional certificate course that we have put together with MCIA. These initiatives help spread awareness of blockchain and smart contracts in the legal industry and specifically in the ADR space. Thanks to our daily hands on experience we can provide practical knowledge that very few can offer so I am sure further educational activities of this sort will continue in the future.Luca Daniel, CTO at Jur Page 2 of the Professional Certificate Course on blockchain, smart contracts and online dispute resolution program Mumbai Centre expert Madhvendra Singh,  a chartered engineer, blockchain professional, senior member of Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), and an international arbitrator facilitated the session. Jur team members Raffaele Battaglini, CLO, Luigi Cantisani, legal engineer, and Shuchi Tyagi, smart contract and blockchain developer, presented information. Jur CTO Luca Yesupatham Daniel moderated the final Q&A session with participants. There is a tremendous spurt in activity in the areas of Legal Tech and ODR in India. I see that major stakeholders in this sector, acknowledge the disruption that technologies like Artificial Intelligence, Blockchain & Smart Contracts are likely to bring, and therefore seek to learn about them. MCIA & Jur together have done a Yeoman service by curating such an intelligent training program for the professionals, and engagement by the participants of this maiden course is testament to that fact. We must endeavour to train, and facilitate professionals to grow, to be able to meet the challenges of the future.Madhvendra Singh, FCIArb, Chartered Engineer, Maritime Arbitrator Professionals participating in the course, such as arbitrators, future arbitrators and attorneys, learned about the latest technological developments that will shape the future of the legal industry and how these technologies will disrupt the legal profession. Get in contact if you wish to learn more about our professional courses or you wish to collaborate with us. We are developing the first multi-jurisdiction online dispute resolution platform, the Open Justice Platform. Learn more.