Humanizing Legal Communication with Proactive Law, Information Design and AI
The 2023 European Declaration on Digital Rights and Principles emphasizes putting people at the center of digital transformation. User-centricity is also at the heart of Proactive Law: an approach that aims to ensure successful outcomes and prevent legal problems. How do we effectively translate this thinking into action, especially in the context of legal communication?
For decades, laws and contracts have been written by lawyers for other lawyers, resulting in dense texts full of legalese and needing more transparent structure and design. In recent years, voices have begun to call for a significant change, and simplification and visualization have gained momentum. Even regulators have started demanding clear language and easy-to-read summaries that people can understand and use.
Traditionally, simplifying complex messages has required a lot of manual work. Now, we can do it more easily. No more excuses for not doing it when we can! This keynote will showcase real-world projects transforming complex legal messages in various contexts, from contracts and terms of service to codes of conduct and privacy policies.
We will explore the Contract Design Pattern Library that the presenter helped create for WorldCC and see how AI tools can help writers apply design patterns, such as layering that work for all readers, not just lawyers. Join us as we explore the potential of proactive law, information design and AI to create a more accessible, human-centered legal future.