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Blockchain and Online Dispute Resolution in Qatar at Hamad Bin Khalifa University
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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

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Jur Market Report #4 — Q3 2020
Jur AG ("Jur") is publishing quarterly Jur Market Reports providing regular updates on the state of the market. This includes partnerships, institutional strategies, and relevant JUR token-related announcements. Jur, being a responsible stakeholder and a JUR token holder, has chosen to be transparent about its token management to keep the community and other contributors informed. The current report refers to Q3 ‘20 (July 2020 - September 2020).  Market reports are published within 10 days of the end of the quarter in review to accommodate events that happen in the last days of the quarter. Q3 2020 Highlights   In the third quarter of 2020, the team focused mostly on business development activities and tech development. LawTechUK, a UK government based initiative to help transform the UK legal sector through technology, awarded a grant to the Jur consortium, which includes Oxford Computer Consultants, Resolve Disputes Online and professors and researchers from Oxford University, to conduct a feasibility study for online dispute resolution for small and medium enterprises.  This groundbreaking news was preceded by the announcement of the new upcoming product: the Open Justice Platform. The team has mostly focused on customer interviews, surveys, and gathering requirements for the Open Justice Platform development. During this quarter the Jur team and community celebrated the anniversary of the launch of the JUR token. Throughout the quarter Jur has been actively engaging in webinar activities across the world, working to increase awareness about online dispute resolution, smart legal contracts, blockchain, and the development of the Open Justice Platform. Private contributors The third release for private contributors has been issued as per the policy described in Jur Market Report #0. Jur distributed JUR Tokens to all the private contributors that have replied to the official communication sent for the purpose. If you are a private contributor that is eligible for the distribution but did not reply to that communication, please reach out through Jur’s official channels. Expenditure Report In the past quarter, the main outflows from Jur AG’s official wallets were distributions to private contributors and marketing expenditures: 5.401.799,25 JUR tokens distributed as part of the quarterly batches for private contributors. Please note, some contributors did not provide their wallets yet. Jur will be distributing their due tokens as soon as their wallet addresses are received. This might happen at any time during the next quarter.3.000.000,00 JUR tokens were used for community development activities. Jur Wallets To provide direct accountability over the established vesting period, Jur publicly shares information about its wallets. IEO supply: 10% of total supply Old Balance: 100.000.000Current Balance: 0 Transactions IDs: 0x5f849b62ffdd2b3beea298f4e1c0dc38974b1c9aab20d00afa3dd306d0217401 0x73e8ff2ac4a9df0e27a5948e0f7145e687870c9522bef152f59dc4cb987456fd Private Contributors: 10% of total supply Old Balance: 72.844.718,12Current Balance: 67.442.918,87Wallet ID: 0xc01b26cd4b9525ad1b67a54fad53a8bff91ae01d Team, Scientific Committee and Advisors: 10% of total supply Old Balance: 100.000.000Current Balance: 100.000.000Wallet ID: 0xf346f1ab880d5b2cd0333bf69c280a732fa4a1c4 Company Reserve: 20% of total supply Old Balance: 200.000.000Current Balance: 200.000.000Wallet ID: 0x5d7fe18beff1c4f16115cb8cfcd87442a89d9278 Business Development, Tech & Operations: 50% of total supply Old Balance: 492.014.524,54Current Balance: 489.014.524,54Wallet ID: 0x747fa3858456f3978cc747ca4290111b933986d5 Recent Highlights Here are the highlights from the past quarter. ANNOUNCEMENTS LawtechUK chooses Jur as the Delivery Partner for the Dispute Resolution Platform COMMUNITY Legal Engineer, Luigi Cantisani, started a series on Quora to spread awareness on Online Dispute Resolution as an alternative dispute resolution methodology1st anniversary from the launching of the JUR token on OceanEx Jur is considered the #30 most interesting legal tech project in Planet Compliance top 500 legal tech brands worldwideJur’s activity was re-published by a number of key opinion leaders, amongst them Artificial Lawyer and San Marino Innovation hub.  PRODUCT Launching the World’s First Multi-jurisdiction ODR, the Open Justice PlatformIntroducing the “Justice Card”, an Interactive Tool For Calculating the Time and Cost of Online Dispute Resolution, in Seconds EVENTS Webinar with Legal Hackers Perth (Perth, Australia) on blockchain and online dispute resolutionWebinar with Cyprus community on blockchain, smart contracts and online dispute resolution with guest speakers from University of Nicosia and Christos Georgiades & Associates LLCWebinar with the Maharashtra Law University (Mumbai, India) on AI, ODR and Blockchain with Hon'ble Ms. Justice Gita MittalWebinar with the European Law Students' Association (Nijmegen, Netherlands) on the upcoming Open Justice Platform: a use case for ODR and dispute resolution on blockchainWebinar with the prestigious HBKU (Doha, Qatar) on blockchain and online dispute resolutionKeynote at Law Review Annual Conference (City University of Hong Kong) on how blockchain will disrupt online dispute resolution TEAM Ashish Gaikwad joins Jur as a senior full-stack developerMatija Kontak from Radboud University (Nijmegen, Netherlands) concludes his internship at JurNina Buwalda from Radboud University (Nijmegen, Netherlands) concludes her internship at JurDalya Droste from IE University (Spain, Segovia) starts her internship (official source)Ian Ohene from Hull University (Hull, UK) starts his internship TECH Open Justice Platform, landing page releaseThe Jur Beta Platform with its Open Layer has been added to the App Hub MORE Jur Market Report #3, 10 July 2020https://jur.io/blog/news/jur-market-report-3-q2-2020/ Jur Market Report #2, 31 March 2020https://jur.io/blog/news/jur-market-report-2-q1-2020/ Jur Market Report #1, 31 December 2019https://jur.io/blog/news/jur-market-report-1-q4-2019/ Jur Market Report #0, 10 September 2019https://jur.io/blog/news/jur-market-report-0/ Subscribe to our newsletter and keep up with the latest news about online dispute resolution and legal tech.
Meet the Justice Card: an Interactive Tool For Calculating the Time and Cost of Online Dispute Resolution, in Seconds
A compass for navigating the complex world of online justice and online dispute resolution in a better way Solving a problem begins always with awareness. The world of dispute resolution is uncertain. Let’s start making it clearer and smoother. Try the new Justice Card and let us know your thoughts! And relax, this is just version 1.0! We are really excited to introduce the “Justice Card” on our website. A handy, simple calculator which aims to solve a big, complex problem. The Justice Card can help you estimate the costs of resolving a dispute, bringing clarity to the dispute resolution sector. The motivation behind the creation of the Justice Card is that whenever there is a dispute and there is a necessity to go before a court, the time and costs are always wildly unpredictable for all parties involved. Using the Justice Card, users can instantly see that resolutions have an expected delivery time measured in years rather than days or weeks, which is a significant problem demanding a solution. This problem brings uncertainties and a constant fear for the unexpected in business relationships, which we aim to reduce thanks to our upcoming online dispute resolution platform, the Open Justice Platform. Imagine a world where justice is available when needed. In our vision, justice should be fast, simple and accessible. The story behind the Justice Card We would like to tell you the story behind the Justice Card. When we came up with this idea, we spent some time researching for the most reliable data on disputes worldwide. After a lot of work, we got discouraged by the fact that there simply was not any 100% reliable source of data  for small and medium-sized disputes around the world. Most data sources make assumptions and generally tackle only one specific jurisdiction. This means that there is no comprehensive and uniform set of data related to dispute resolutions. We realized that it was impossible to achieve 100% accuracy when it came to estimating the costs and time required to solve a dispute.We finally decided to obtain our data from the World's Bank Group, Doing Business data. This source obtains data from a number of surveys they conducted. For example, according to Doing Business data, to solve a claim of 25,000 USD in Brazil (São Paulo) through a public domestic court would require 41 days for Filing and Service and 480 days for the Trial and Judgement phases. The cost would be 3,150 USD in Attorney’s fees and 1,750 USD for Court fees. So, excluding the enforcement phase, this would mean around 521 days and 4,900 USD to reach a resolution. As you can see in the screenshot above, using our calculator, you would be saving 417 days and 980 USD with the Open Justice Platform. We believe that for individuals and small and medium enterprises, these are significant numbers that make a substantial difference. This is where we feel there is a need for a better ODR platform that spans multiple jurisdictions. Today’s economy is global and therefore dispute resolution processes should reflect that. Try out our calculator at justice.jur.io! How does our calculator work? Basically, we estimated that compared to a normal public court proceeding, all the steps related to physical hearings, appointment of the judge etc. should be much quicker on the Open Justice Platform as the full procedure will be carried out online. So referring to the Doing Business data under the classification “Filing and Service” and “Trial and Judgement”, we believe that this technology will allow users to save 80% of the time. When it comes to cost evaluation, this part is quite tricky as the Open Justice Platform provides the medium through which the resolution of a dispute happens but not the service itself (e.g. offering you a legal representative that will represent you during the procedure). What we believe is that there will be a reduction of at least 20% of the fees related to the attorney and court, overall. As the entire procedure is digital, administrative expenses should be close to none. Moreover, attorneys will be able to manage the entire dispute flow online at their own convenience, so this should bring their costs down. These are still early assumptions and at Jur we are committed to continue collecting and gathering data ourselves to better quantify the improvements brought by our solution. We like to see the Justice Card as an initial attempt to share the depth of the justice problem. This will be an ongoing chapter for Jur: to try to bring more awareness and transparency when it comes to the costs and inefficiencies of the justice sector. We love the idea of being able to use a simple tool to convey the ‘why’ behind what we do at Jur. We welcome any entity or association that wants to collaborate with us to define this concept better. Please don’t hesitate to get in touch with us. We would like to hear your feedback! Try our Justice Card and let us know in our community channels what you think about it or if you have any suggestions or ideas to improve it.