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We're one of the HiiL Innovating Justice Challenge finalists 2018!

We are very happy to announce that we are one of the finalists of the HiiL Innovating Justice Challenge finalists of 2018.

Our team: Chris Maxwell, Sander Oude Veldhuis and our founder Lieke Beelen applied for the challenge with the tool that they are developing to create automated visual legal documents.

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Join our one-day Design for Justice Lab

Visual Contracts is organising – together with a wonderful team – a one-day Legal Design Event at the Border Sessions Tech Culture Festival, the Design for Justice Lab. During the Lab, the participants will take part in a Legal Design journey, learn how to use Legal Design Thinking to improve their skills and are part of innovating the employment sector.

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Legal Hackaton Madrid

Last weekend, 17 - 19 November, Visual Contracts helped facilitate the Legal Hackaton of Instituto Innovación Legal in Madrid from a legal design perspective. It was an intense, fun and productive weekend with some great outcomes.

On Friday we had an introduction of Instituto Innovación Legal on the rules of #HackTheJustice, Everis on strategy and business development and Visual Contracts on some hands-on legal design skills.

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What is Legal Design Thinking?

Maybe you have heard and read before about Legal Design Thinking. If you already exactly know what it is, how you can use it and what it can do for you(r business), stop reading. But if you’re curious and open-minded to learn more, this post is there for you. We will explain (our vision on) Legal Design Thinking in a clear, visual and easy to understand way.

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Legal Design: Collaborating with Lawyers to lmprove Access to Justice

Last week we joined the Service Design Network Global Conference in Madrid. During the first day of this event (the membersday) the newest issue of Touchpoint was handed out. It is always a joy to receive this journal for Service Design. But this time it was even more special; we contributed to this edition.

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Why Facebook should use Visual Contracts

Facebook has been hit with a €1.2m fine in Spain after the country's data watchdog found it broke privacy laws. Among other violations the regulator found Facebook had failed to inform users how their data would be used as it hoovered up the details of millions of people in Spain. It said Facebook had failed to educate users on how their personal information - including ideology, sex, religious beliefs, personal interests and browsing habits - would be used for advertising.

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Introductie Nederlands Recht, visueel uitgelegd.

Wij willen de manier waarop aankomende juristen en advocaten worden opgeleid veranderen. Met dit crowdfund project vertalen we de complexiteit van ons rechtssysteem in duidelijke visuele taal. Zodat iedereen eenvoudig kan begrijpen hoe het Nederlands rechtsysteem in elkaar zit. Hiermee maken we het leven van huidige en toekomstige rechtenstudenten een stukje makkelijker en laten we ze laagdrempelig kennis maken met Legal Design Thinking (de skill die elke jurist - in de nabije toekomst – wil kennen).

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Visual Contracts is shortlisted for the European Youth Award

We are proud to announce that we are short-listed for the European Youth Award (EYA). EYA is a pan-European contest to motivate young people, social entrepreneurs and start-ups to produce digital projects that will have an impact on society. Visual Contracts is short-listed in the Active Citizenship category. This confirms our believe: human friendly, transparent and easy to use and understand contracts do have a positive impact on active citizenship.

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'Good faith in contract law' explained

Good faith in contract law

Good faith in contract law is not explained explicitly in most jurisdictions, for the purpose of being flexible in interpretation of the principle. The basic principles of good faith in contract law are:

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Why using interactive visuals for your privacy statement? A suggestion for Coolblue.

  1. Legal is mainly perceived as a necessary evil, rather than a way to build sustainable relationships based on trust.
  2. Privacy is abstract & complex, but very important. It is easy to ignore since legal content is not integrated in web experience, which contributes to 'ostrich behavior'.
  3. Coolblue already puts in the effort to communicate (legal content amongst others) in an engaging way, using interactive visuals can even enhance this user friendly experience.

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Experiment toolkit on Legal Design Thinking

Now available: A toolkit for lawyers to get familiar with Legal Design Thinking

€100,- excl. VAT

Get a sense of what Legal Design Thinking is by doing a 3 weeks experiment with our experiment toolkit. In those 3 weeks you will implement small experiments to your work, which only last 10 minutes (or more if you get excited) and get email or phone support by Lieke.

Experiment toolkit Legal Design Thinking

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The GDPR: A European law that acknowledges a need for Legal Design

Some of the more law minded among us might have heard of it. On April 2016, the European Union passed the new General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), which will be fully enforced in The Netherlands in 2018. It will have a host of implications for the subject of privacy, something we at Visual Contracts cannot ignore. Large companies will have to appoint a Chief Privacy Officer (CPO) and are required to notify authorities of privacy breaches, for example.

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Co-create a new tool for Visual Contracts

Since the best products come from collaborating with people with different views, we invite our members to brainstorm with us on creating a tool to support legal design thinkers to make the law more understandable and affordable. Although at Visual Contracts we think template builders are not necessarily helping people to understand how they deal with legal topics, the part of automation and efficiency leads to cost reduction, which is also a way to make legal services more accessible. So, we started on a concept for our platform, which we will further co-create with our community.

In this article we show you a first prototype which we will use as a basis for brainstorm to explore how legal design thinkers are best supported in doing their job. We will look for possibilities to implement it as a service into our platform.

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Invitation design for UvA research project

Project UvA: designing a convincing invitation for the personalized communication research of UvA.

Team Juridux: Lieke Beelen, Simon Jimenez and Charley van 't Leven

In 2016 the University of Amsterdam was looking for a designer to join their team to design the invitation a.o. for their personalized communication research. Their brief was the big challenge of convincing people of a wide range of ages and backgrounds to join their quite privacy invasive research. Since their goal is to research how websites personalize communication on the internet in order to form new policies, awareness campaigns or new laws, they made a plugin to look over the shoulder of their participants browsing the internet, to collect the data those websites are collecting.
In this article you find the design process of how the Juridux team approached this legal design project. It will discuss the debrief, mapping the user journey, concept development, testing the invitation and finalizing the design.

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Showcase your Legal Design Thinking projects.

Do you want to showcase your Legal Design Thinking projects? Visual Contracts invites their community members to share their stories and projects on applying Legal Design Thinking. We spread and develop the Legal Design Thinking approach best if we learn about each others experiences. What are the main painpoints you run into when implementing Legal Design Thinking? What are best practices? Let us know and send an abstract of your project or article to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Only projects created by members will be selected on the following criteria:

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An introduction to the Dutch legal system

We made it easy for you to get an overview of the Dutch legal system by visualizing it. Via this interactive visualisation you will be guided through the basics of Dutch law (in Dutch). The concept is targeted at Dutch law students, Dutch designers of our community and lawyers who would want to use it in their practice.

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Learn about Legal Design Thinking in 1 day!

On Saturday 22 April, 11 Law, IT and Design professionals came together above the roaring North Sea on the Pier in Scheveningen, for a workshop by Visual Contracts on how to revolutionize the way we see law. For Visual Contracts it was a final pilot before launching the platform and community. During the day we chose to focus on one of the companies that could potentially lead the way in exemplifying legal design thinking: CoolBlue.

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What Legal Tech innovation is missing...

Recently I came across a blog which started with the question: "Does coding make you a better lawyer? The author of the blog argued it does make you a better lawyer because coding means applying systems thinking. This would make it easier to automate certain processes such as doing research (i.e. finding the important angles, perspectives or examples within large amounts of texts) and collecting and assembling case law. Indeed, this is where coding (the main part of ‘tech’ in legal tech innovation) will improve the legal process and thinking.

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