Parelon: New legislative crowdsourcing platform for Lazio, Italy

Parelon is a new online legislative system of Regional Council of Lazio, Italy, that permits crowdsourcing of legislative drafting.

Parelon is the subject of a new article in Wired Italy: Guido Romeo: Ecco Parelon, il parlamento elettronico è operativo in Lazio.

Parelon seems to be a new and augmented version of the legislative crowdsourcing platform, Sistema Operativo, developed by Beppe Grillo’s Five Star Movement.

Here is information about the technology of Parelon, from the platform’s Website and from Monica Palmirani of CIRSFID at the University of Bologna, which is participating in the development of the platform:

  • Parelon uses Liquid Feedback software
  • Parelon runs on PostgreSQL
  • Parelon is using Akoma Ntoso as Legal XML standard for improving the eParticipation in crowdsourcing and cooperative manner.”
  • “CIRSFID is in contact with the Parelon technical team for supporting them in the integration of LIME web editor in the Parelon platform.”
  • “[CIRSFID] intends also to experiment some gamification user-interface techniques in order to help the end-users to better participate in the bill drafting activity.”
  • AT4AM (EU Parliament) supported the project under technical point of view.”

Professor Palmirani also says: “Davide Barillari, member of the Regional Council of Lazio, presented Parelon’s architecture in Summer School LEX2014.”

Click here for an earlier post about Sistema Operativo.

Thanks to Professor Palmirani for sharing the information provided above.

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Legal technology panels accepted for SXSW 2015 Interactive

At least four legal technology panels appear to have been accepted for SXSW 2015 Interactive, scheduled to be held 13-17 March 2015 in Austin, Texas, USA:

For more details, please click the links above to see panel descriptions.

The complete list of accepted panels is posted at:

Click here for a list of legal technology panels original proposed for SXSW 2015 Interactive.

If you know of other legal technology panels accepted for SXSW 2015 Interactive, please feel free to describe them in the comments to this post.

HT @DCLegalHackers

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Hwang: The Legal Innovation Defense Fund

Tim Hwang of the Data and Society Institute invites participation in a new project: The Legal Innovation Defense (LID) Fund, described in a new post at Robot Robot and Hwang.

Here are excerpts from the post:

[...] Today, I want to propose an idea [...]: The Legal Innovation Defense (LID) Fund. The idea is simple: the LID Fund will create a collective insurance program that provides a defense system against the low probability, high impact possibility that a new technology in the legal space will be later discovered to have engaged in UPL [unauthorized practice of law].

There are three components to this project. First, the money: LID would be funded by two main types of actors. There would be a set of smaller startups, non-profits, and other organizations experimenting in legal technology that would pay a small monthly fee for membership in the coalition. We also envision a group of larger institutional supporters and investors with interests in shaping the overall landscape of law around UPL.

Second, the shield: upon facing an UPL action, coalition members would be permitted to trigger the assistance of the LID Fund. The program would deploy not only a preset insurance payment to support the litigation effort, but also would supply legal experts well versed in the law around UPL to guide the challenge. The upshot of this is that the LID Fund would provide insulation to its members from the risks around UPL, and assurance to their stakeholders. Simultaneously, it would support impact litigation in the legal technology space.

Third, the research: LID would be the center of a network of organizations working in legal technology and would be an organization involved in UPL challenges nationally. To that end, it would be able to provide ongoing research and policy work on the evolving state of technological innovation in the legal industry and the landscape of law surrounding the use of those technologies. [...]

So with that, this blog post officially puts out the call for willing hands to help launch this initiative: Would you support an initiative like LID? Would you take advantage of the kind of insurance that LID would offer to pursue a legal technology project or business? Do you know of an institutional supporter that would join this effort?

RR&H is seeking any and all assistance and advice as we make a push to turn this into a reality. We also intend to convene a meeting of interested parties in the near future – so get in touch by dropping a line to Keep your eyes on this space! [...]

For more details or to contact Tim, please see the complete post.

HT @RobotandHwang

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24 October: Extended deadline for JURIX 2014 Doctoral Consortium

The submission deadline has been extended to 24 October 2014 for the Doctoral Consortium at JURIX 2014: International Conference on Legal Knowledge and Information Systems, scheduled to be held 10 December 2014, at Jagiellonian University in Kraków.

Papers are invited on any of the topics described in the main conference call for papers, concerning the theory, technology, or application of artificial intelligence and law.

An award will be given to the submission featuring “the most original and groundbreaking research.”

For more details and submission instructions, please see the complete call for papers.

HT @MonicaPalmirani

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Salamanca and van Eechoud: Open Legal Data for Europe: Report on LAPSI-openlaws workshop

Olivia Salamanca and Mireille van Eechoud have posted Open Legal Data for Europe, a report on a workshop organized by and LAPSI, at the University of Amsterdam, 4 September 2014.

Here is a description of the report, from a post at the openlaws site:

Open Legal Data for Europe: The EC funded project and the LAPSI thematic network project joined forces for a workshop on open legal data for Europe, hosted by the Institute for Information Law of the University of Amsterdam on Sep 4 2014. About 25 participants from academia, government, business and civil society discussed what the drivers are for opening up legal data for re-use in different jurisdictions and what barriers (perceived or real) exist. The outcome of the discussion will feed into the on-going work in the LAPSI network on legal barriers to re-use, and in the vision for Big Open Legal Data that will be developed as part of [...]

HT @openlaws

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COLPM Futures Conference 2014: Storify, links, and resources

COLPM Futures Conference 2014, the annual conference of the College of Law Practice Management, was held 16-17 October 2014 at Suffolk University Law School in Boston, Massachusetts, USA..

The event Website and program are available at:

The Webcast link for the event was here.

One Twitter hashtag for the event was #colpm2014

Click here for a storify of images and Twitter tweets from the event.

Ron Dolin has posted slides of his presentation at the event, concerning recommendations for technology-based reforms to “law schools, legal clinics, law firms, courts, in-house, and legal regulatory bodies”.

For more resources related to this event, please see the comments to this post.

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Seattle LegalTech Startup Weekend 2014: Results, storify, and resources

Seattle LegalTech Startup Weekend was held 10-12 October 2014 in Seattle, Washington, USA.

The event Website is at:

The pitches made at the event are listed at:

The winners of the event were:

  1. Restaurant Crisis:
  2. Can I Drink Here?
  3. CaseBooker:; and Commontary:

Twitter hashtags for the event included #swlegal and #seattlelegalsw

The Twitter account for the event is @seattlelegalsw

Click here for a storify of images and Twitter tweets from the event.

Click here for a list of the organizing team members for the event.

Click here a list of other upcoming and recent legal hacking events.

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