Stefania Passera, Dr. Helena Haapio, and Michael Curtotti presented a paper entitled Making the meaning of contracts visible – Automating contract visualization, at IRIS 2014: Internationales Rechtsinformatik Symposion, held 20-22 February 2014 in Salzburg, Austria.
Here is the abstract of the presentation:
The paper, co-authored by Passera, Haapio and Curtotti, presents three demos of tools to automatically generate visualizations of selected contract clauses. Our early prototypes include common types of term and termination, payment and liquidated damages clauses. These examples provide proof-of-concept demonstration tools that help contract writers present content in a way readers pay attention to and understand. These results point to the possibility of document assembly engines compiling an entirely new genre of contracts, more user-friendly and transparent for readers and not too challenging to produce for lawyers.