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Legal Design: What Is It and How We Implement It
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Legal design warrants a short introduction. Design and law are often seen as two opposing concepts: one of creativity, left-brain thinking, and the other is associated with stacks of paper, logical processes, and hard-to-read language. However, Jur Legal Engineer Intern Dalya Droste points out that the emergence of customer-based approaches and compliance measures have been pivotal in the legal world’s adoption of a more human-centered approach. Here design lends it the right toolbox by creating or arranging elements in view of a particular purpose. Roots of customer-centric design The aesthetics and simplified processes provided by design can make terms and conditions, laws, and regulations easier to read for the 65 percent who are predominantly visual learners.   Design simplified for accessibility and functionality can be seen earliest in the Bauhaus school, e.g., in the designs by Walter Gropius and Mies Van Der Rohe. The integration of technology into design and business was pushed forth in the 1980s with business demand for design to broaden consumer electronics markets.  Bauhaus-Inspired Editorial Design in Adobe XD The evolution of these approaches and the bond that was created between them eventually led to the emergence of what we now call legal design.  Jur and legal design As Jur works to bring together people from different backgrounds and sectors, it is important to retain a customer-centric approach that is simple to understand.  Due to this, Jur has started to deconstruct its arbitration rules to make them easy to follow and understand.  This has been done through simplifying ifs and intricacies into visuals and logical workflows. The Jur Arbitration Platform features a step-by-step guide that parties and arbitrators can follow to easily conduct arbitration. The “loading bar” expresses legal design’s implementation in an intuitive approach that is easy to understand. Jur Arbitration Platform's tech-guided arbitration Bridging the knowledge gap Not only has legal design been implemented to improve customer experience, but it has also been used to explain legal concepts to the different business divisions here at Jur. This brings everyone on the same page and ensures a fruitful collaboration between different departments. Striking off arbitrators in the Jur Arbitration Platform An example of this is how arbitrators in a randomly-arranged panel can be easily struck off by parties. The red X mark followed by the greying out of the text shows that an arbitrator is deselected. This is an industry-first feature that many may not be familiar with which is why the design language needs to be easily understood. Legal design will continue to shape the way in which law is perceived and understood by end-users.  Jur is excited to be at the forefront of this movement.

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Breaking from Business Insider: VC Tim Draper Invests $1M in Jur & Contributed on the Token of Decentralised Justice
An important milestone for Jur and the legal tech industry moving towards decentralisation. Business Insider has just released news on the recent $1M funding round by Draper Associates, tech investor and venture capitalist Tim Draper’s seed-stage firm, on the legal tech startup Jur AG. "Jur's digital courts are the future of decentralized justice. The JUR token will be the token of justice in the new blockchain era" - Tim Draper The JUR token was launched in August 2019 as an Initial Exchange Offering (IEO) on the OceanEx Platform and it is also currently listed on CoinGecko. You can find details about the IEO on the official OceanEx website. In the exclusive interview with Business Insider, Jur's CEO and founder Alessandro Palombo talked about his vision for growth. According to Insider’s legal reporter Yoonji Han, Palombo said the startup has plans to use its fresh $1 million investment from Draper Associates to expand its tech and customer success teams to scale its product. The company also recently made some key senior hires, including a new Chief Operating Officer and Chief Product Officer. This is a validation not only for the Jur team and community but for the entire legal industry as we lead the movement towards decentralised justice. With this funding, Jur will be well on its way to revolutionising the legal tech industry by providing justice at the speed of business. Tim Draper, known to support many tech and blockchain projects, is one of the early investors of successful tech unicorns such as Twitter, Skype, and DocuSign, just to name a few. His investment in Jur is a resounding vote of confidence and affirmation of our potential to innovate the legal industry. This news is a welcome addition to our growing list of milestones such as the collaboration between Jur and the UK government through LawtechUK and Tech Nation, and Jur’s recent participation in MDR LAB's accelerator program. Jur’s online dispute resolution platform was released on 31st March and it is now accepting applications for beta-testers who will help us shape the future of justice. Learn more about it here. More: Main website - jur.ioPrivate Beta Platform - Open JusticeJur MDR legal tech Acceleration programJur LawtechUK SME feasibility studySocial media -TwitterSocial media - LinkedinTelegram community
Private Beta Launch: Open Justice Online Dispute Resolution Platform
Zug, 31 March 2021 Jur is pleased to announce the immediate release of the private beta version of the Open Justice Platform, the online dispute resolution platform for civil and commercial claims worldwide, in a legally-binding way. Anyone in the world can apply to get early access to the private beta program starting on the 31st of March 2021. Apply for the private beta of the Open Justice Platform. How does it work?  Offering an UNCITRAL-compliant arbitration procedure, the Open Justice Platform brings an efficient justice process to small-medium enterprises and professionals across 168 jurisdictions worldwide. The UNCITRAL model is an international legal framework that ensures the enforceability of the legal decisions. The activation of each procedure on Jur requires either the previous existence of a compatible arbitration clause or an arbitration agreement done between the parties. As a consequence, the result is binding on the parties being an arbitration award. Hence, the Open Justice Platform offers a fully digitised flow which helps arbitrators, lawyers and claimants with dispute resolution procedures anywhere in the world.  Small and medium-sized businesses are able to access a user-friendly arbitration process online. Arbitrators are selected according to their expertise and manage simplified arbitration procedures with an easy-to-use platform that saves precious time and effort. Digital arbitration chambers Operators in the legal sector can create "digital arbitration chambers", also called Hubs, attract dispute cases, and offer administered arbitration procedures that are cost-efficient and qualitative. The Jur expedited arbitration procedure is built to offer a complete arbitral procedure within a customizable range of 30 to 90 days. A key outcome is considerable savings in the management costs typical of arbitration and an extremely rapid procedure. Testing with partners will commence this month.  Depending on user configuration, the platform can manage disputes of up to USD 1M. Over time, Jur will integrate the infrastructure with other platforms and blockchain platforms. In a nutshell The platform supports every phase of the arbitration procedure from A to Z, including:  filing of the claim, notifications of each action and relevant phase of the procedure payment managementdefinition of terms of referencecase management for the arbitrator and for the hubpresentation of pleadinghearings booking, management and recordingadoption of the award, scrutiny, approval and any corrections of the same The procedure is entirely online, integrating secure digital signatures and notifications via certified email. The platform allows, in case of need, the management of the award in physical copy and signed by hand. After testing in a separate environment, the platform will gradually introduce elements of decentralisation and blockchain to provide an enhanced level of transparency, quality and neutrality of the procedure. From micro-claims on blockchain to a user-friendly justice for small and medium businesses As per the new white paper, Jur first released a fully decentralised online dispute resolution (ODR) solution, concerning an innovative product in the blockchain field targeting micro-transactions. The previous product has been tested by a number of institutions, including the prestigious Radboud, Hull and IE universities.  The Online Justice Platform is part of an industry that sees the rise of digital courts as a way to support the backlog of courts. It is estimated that 70% of businesses experience disputes, and existing resolution methods are notoriously time-consuming and costly, often prohibitively so. The cost of dispute resolution for small-medium enterprises is £11.6Billion each year solely in the UK. Although technically arbitration, Jur does not compete with institutions currently operating in the traditional, non-online arbitration sector as well. In fact, arbitration procedures involve disputes of USD 10-50M value. Sometimes there can be smaller disputes in the order of USD1-5M. The primary target of Jur’s platform are disputes with values ranging from USD 10K-1M. There are platforms for supporting arbitration, but they only focus on optimising document management of the arbitral procedures. Future improvements Arbitration is a solution mainly used for high-value disputes, which are often international. Still, arbitration faces problems in terms of guaranteeing the quality of the arbitrators, neutrality of the procedure, and ensuring reputable outcomes.  These problems are now primarily solved thanks to the reputation of particular bodies or arbitrators that work as an element for generating trust. Outside a strict circle of entities and arbitrators, reputation is a concern.  These are currently existing problems which may only worsen in the case of a scaled digital version of arbitration for smaller disputes.  The impact of blockchain technology is inevitable everywhere where "trust" is needed. For this reason, smart-contract based procedures and models are required to solve the aforementioned problems in a better way. Our roadmap includes elements of decentralisation of part of the procedures in order to define a new standard of transparency, quality, and neutrality of digital justice in general and arbitration in particular. The approach with which Jur operates is to focus on product-market fit and, in parallel, separately test advanced blockchain-based features. Only after adequate testing will Jur integrate these features into the main product in order to preserve the legally binding character of the procedure itself. This is a new approach for blockchain startups which we believe is the most sustainable one and will bear the best results in the medium and long term. A brief history of Jur Jur has recently worked with LawtechUK (UK government’s backed initiative powered by Tech Nation to help transform the UK legal sector) and accelerated by MDR LAB's startup program. Jur has been funded in the past by VeChain Foundation, Fenbushi and Rascal Ventures. The new Open Justice Platform is part of Jur’s solutions to foster access to justice and help business and professionals work in a more reliable environment thanks to the digitalisation of traditional procedures. Jur has also released a cryptocurrency, the JUR token, and part of the future releases of the Open Justice Platform features and other products will be based on a blockchain infrastructure, to ensure better security, transparency and reliability.  Jur. World’s multi-jurisdictional dispute resolution platform for small-medium enterprises.  More: Main website - jur.ioPrivate Beta Platform - Open JusticeJur MDR legal tech Acceleration programJur LawtechUK SME feasibility studySocial media -TwitterSocial media - LinkedinTelegram community We have released the private beta of our online dispute resolution platform, the Open Justice. Learn more.