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White Paper 3: The Open Justice Platform and the Justice Problem in the Pandemic
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The Jur White Paper 3 is the clearest definition of the problem of remote courts and how we intend to solve it. Read the 18-page document, or follow along to know all about the key points to a greater access to justice via a faster online dispute resolution. Download Jur’s new White paper v3 This article is a brief overview of Jur’s new white paper highlighting the developments of the Open Justice Platform, the world’s first multi-jurisdiction ODR and how these unprecedented times showed the need for a better legal solution now more than ever. The Pandemic: Magnifying the Justice Problem COVID-19 has forever changed the way the world works, and it has been a wake-up call for many industries to rethink how they operationalise. The legal sector is no exemption. Courts in many countries were closed, and alternative solutions such as ADRs and arbitral institutions were caught unprepared for remote operation. The pandemic exacerbated the already existing problem of access to justice and highlighted the need for a better solution — a solution Jur is building and excited to release soon this Q1 2021, the Open Justice Platform. Access to Justice: The Main Justice Problem Access to justice has been a long-standing issue in many sectors, including civil and commercial disputes. This table illustrates the existing solutions and the challenges they face: As shown in the table, courts are too slow and expensive in addressing them, and although solutions such as arbitration institutions and ADRs do exist, they still falter in many areas. This is why Jur is building a solution that would address these challenges in the form of the Open Justice Platform. Open Justice Platform: Solution to the Justice Problem The Open Justice Platform (OJP) is Jur’s online dispute resolution platform meant to answer the problem of access to justice. It is an online arbitration platform which has digitised and decentralised the key features of major arbitral institutions using blockchain technology. This enables the OJP to enhance security, create auditable guaranteed neutrality, and combat bias by doing the following: Utilising the Convention on the Recognition and Enforcement of Foreign Arbitral Awards 1958, also known as the New York Convention.Operationalising the UNCITRAL Model Law to facilitate the New York Convention’s application.Defining the Online Justice Standard with leading legal professionals around the world.Designing the rules of digital courts (Hubs) and creating customised versions of them to fit the jurisdiction. This is a simplified explanation of how the OJP works. However, this illustrates the mechanism of how it will perfectly address the issues currently faced by the system. With the OJP, small to medium sized disputes with values of up to USD 1 million can be solved quickly and at a fraction of the cost because of the digital aspect of the platform. And unlike existing ODRs, Jur’s Open Justice Platform aims to be available worldwide which means it has more flexible use cases that could help SMEs and professionals. The OJP is set to be released soon and we’re excited to lead the way to shaping the future of legal technology through effective, enforceable, and globally-recognised online dispute resolution. Road to Decentralisation: Steps to Solve the Justice Problem Innovation is often met with resistance, which is why Jur intends to take a progressive approach to ensure effective adoption. This is what we call the Road to Decentralisation. Jur will be parallely and separately developing the main platform and the dApp with decentralised features. With this approach, Jur will be able to quickly develop the platform as it progresses, collect validation better to build better products, and ensure legal compliance. To learn more about the Road to Decentralisation, you may read about it here. On that note, we are excited to share that Jur is focusing on releasing the first private beta version of the Open Justice Platform by Q1 2021. This will allow a thorough testing phase with all interested stakeholders. In Q4 2021, the product will be released publicly for anyone to access or interact with. In Q1 2022, Jur intends to build the dApp that will allow the management of some decentralised aspects of Open Justice Platform. A more detailed roadmap will be illustrated in a dedicated appendix and communicated through Jur’s official channels. Stay tuned for the release of the technical appendixes and for all the updates. Download Jur’s new White paper v3 We are developing the first multi-jurisdiction online dispute resolution platform, the Open Justice Platform. Learn more.

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Jur Brings Digital Courts to Tech Law Clinics’ Moot Court with Radboud University
Jur is pleased to be part of Tech Law Clinics 2021 edition, an annual moot court hosted by the prestigious Radboud University in The Netherlands. Tech Law Clinics is an international project, bringing law students in touch with cutting-edge technologies. The event is an occasion for law students to test their learnings on real-case scenarios, by acting as lawyers and judges in a case at the crossroads between private law and new technologies. Judges, law firms, and tech companies coach the teams and prepare them for the oral hearings. Jur’s dispute resolution platform, the Court Layer, was part of the environment used by Radboud and other universities to run fictional procedural orders of the moots.  The Court Layer is an online dispute resolution platform whose basic flow and mechanics host the Open Justice Platform that Jur is presently developing. About 80 students from four different universities have already been instructed in January on the dispute resolution procedures available in the Court Layer. Apart from Radboud, the universities involved are UCLy (Lyon, FR), Jagiellonian University (Krakow, PL),  University of Lodz (Lodz, PL). The sessions provided Jur with useful feedback on the dispute resolution flow engineered in the Court Layer and expanded its university network in France and Poland. The moot itself will take place in March.  A true elite of experts from the fields of legal tech and dispute resolution are participating in Tech Law Clinic. Radboud University will be represented by legal tech experts starting with Professor André Janssen, Assistant Professor Pietro Ortolani, and PhD candidate Tom J. Vennmanns will be present. On the other hand, Poland will have private law experts such as Monika Namyslowska, Director of the Department of European Private Law of the University of Lodz, and Piotr Tereszkiewicz, Associate Professor in Private Law of  Jagiellonski University. Topping it all off, the President of Chamber at the Administrative Court of Lyon, Marc Clément, will also be present representing France. The sessions conducted by Jur’s experts Luigi Cantisani, Legal Engineer, Shuchi Tyagi, Blockchain Developer and Michele D’Asaro, R&D covered: How and Why the Court Layer WorksPhase 1 - Appointment of ArbitratorPhase 2 - Conduction of ArbitrationPhase 3 - Peer Review SystemQuick showcase of the prototypeQ&A with students According to Michele D’Asaro, “it is thrilling to share details and technicalities of our ODR with interested students.” For Luigi Cantisani, “years after participating as a student in moot courts, it was really exciting to be on the other side and be able to talk about digitising arbitration and implementing blockchain to students from different universities in Europe, based on a prototype that currently exists.” For Shuchi Tyagi, “it is a must to help law students experience the advancements offered by existing tech in the legal industry.” Jur’s participation in Tech Law Clinic is part of a long-lasting fortunate relationship with universities that tested a series of assumptions on its ODR platform.  After Tech Law Clinic, a Spring School will follow, in order to raise students’ awareness about the challenging legal implications posed by digital technologies.  Jur’s CEO, Alessandro Palombo will deliver a speech in the Spring School on decentralisation and justice and decentralised dispute resolution types. The event will happen on the morning of March 15, 2021, from 9:30 am to 11:50 am. Other than digitisation of dispute resolution, the event will cover topics on automation of government decision-making and competition law in digital markets, among others from speakers all around the world. We are developing the first multi-jurisdiction online dispute resolution platform, the Open Justice Platform. Learn more.
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.