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Academia & Education

Florence G’Sell

Professor of Law, Université de Lorraine

France

Bio

Florence G’sell holds a PhD from Paris 1 University and is a Professor of Private Law. She started her career in 1995 at Societe Generale Securities, New York, before joining AXA Corporate Solutions (1998-2002).

Contribution to Legal Tech

Since 2014 she has been a professor of Private Law at the University of Lorraine. She has also been a professor at Science Po (Paris) and an assistant professor in Paris 1 University. In 2015, she was a visiting scholar in the Coase Sandor Institute for Law and Economics (University of Chicago). She has authored various articles and one book. She is a highly rewarded academic for Law, Technology, and AI.

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Rachel Rietveld

CEO - Head Research and Development, ArbeidsmarktResearch UvA B.V.

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Dr. Susanne Reinemann

Editor, Neue Juristische Wochenschrift

Germany

Bio

Dr. Susanne Reinemann is editor of the Neue Juristische Wochenschrift (NJW), among others responsible for professional law for lawyers and notaries and media IT-, Internet and data protection law. She has worked as a freelance journalist for the West German Broadcasting Corporation (WDR), as a consultant in the legal department of the Bavarian regulatory authority for commercial broadcasting and completed additional trainings, such as social media manager.

Contributions to Legal Tech

Since years, Susanne Reinemann has contributed to the furtherance of Legal Tech. She has had several of her works published in publications in a NJW-Supplement, Datev-Magazin and RAK-Mitteilungen to name a few. She has also been a lecturer/panelist at various conferences such as the Women Lawyers Conference and the Bar Association Munich where she has spoken about Legal Tech and promoted its importance.

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Dr. Helena Haapio

Associate Professor of Business Law, University of Vaasa, Adjunct Professor of Proactive Law and Contract Design, University of Lapland & Contract Strategist, Lexpert

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Linn Alfredsson

Associate, Hannes Snellman

Sweden

Bio

Linn Alfredsson is a tech lawyer and legal tech star in Sweden. With a background at one of the largest retail companies in the world, a double master within law and technology, and her tech savviness she has quickly become someone to count on in the legal tech field. She is one of Sweden’s most prominent advocates for legal tech and drives initiatives such as Tech Academy Nordic to enhance tech literacy for the next generation of lawyers. She has a passion for AI and the legal aspects such as competitiveness with data and data as an asset including privacy.

Contributions to Legal Tech

Linn has been ranked as the top talent within legal tech both in 2019 and 2020, shortlisted as an advocate of the year in 2020 by Women in Tech Nordic and finalist as IT woman of the year in 2020. With her passion and drive, Linn has managed to create a community for law students setting up educational programs including webinars and workshops during the COVID-19 to stay connected within legal tech in the Nordic countries. She is a force of nature and a leading advocate within legal tech. She is changing the industry from the inside. 

Since 2018 she has been focusing on lobbying for more tech education for law students and her initiatives have just grown through the years. Tech Academy Nordic is the main focus this year and has one of the largest growing legaltech student communities in the Nordics. She has been nominated and shortlisted for awards in the US, the Nordics as well as in Sweden and is a star within legal tech. 

Further, Linn is currently a part of the innovation team at her law firm trying to enhance tech literacy for lawyers and piloting the newest hyped tools on the market. She is a part of the implementation process and ensures that all lawyers are adapting well to technology efficiency. She also frequently lectures within AI and the law, blockchain, and legal tech. Together with her Hailey team, developing new tools within the legal tech and her educational programs, she is a strong asset in the legal tech community.

Finally, with her never-ending thrive, Linn is an advocate for more women in tech and specifically more female lawyers in tech. She inspires young lawyers to be daring and try new ways of looking at the legal industry. 

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Dr. Helena Haapio

Associate Professor of Business Law, University of Vaasa, Adjunct Professor of Proactive Law and Contract Design, University of Lapland & Contract Strategist, Lexpert

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Silvia Martinelli

Researcher, Università degli studi di Milano

Italy

Bio

Silvia Martinelli is a lawyer of the Milan Bar Association, Researcher at the University of Milan and Ph.D. Candidate at the University of Turin. Graduated in Law at the University of Milan, specializing in “Legal Informatics”, she is also a Fellow of the Information Society Law Center (ISLC) of the University of Milan and Teaching Assistant in both Private Law (University of Turin) and Legal Informatics (University of Milan).

Contributions to Legal Tech

Silvia is a researcher on legal informatics, studying the use of new technologies for lawyers and the law of new technologies. She is the author of a Ph.D. Thesis on Platform Economy, studying the platform as a disruptive agent. She is a co-organizer and teacher of the Post-graduate course on “Legal tech, coding for lawyers, artificial intelligence and blockchain legal issues” and the Scientific organizer of the “Legal Tech and Legal Design Seminars” at the University of Milan.

She is also Member of the Editorial Committee of the Law Reviews “Ciberspazio e Diritto”, “Diritto, Mercato e Tecnologia” and “Diritto di Internet”, Fellow of the European Law Institute and of the Italian Academy of Internet Code, Member of the European Law & Tech Network. She has written scientific articles about legal informatics, e-commerce, freedom of expression online, control of the worker through new technologies, domain names, data protection, right to be forgotten, data portability, provider’s liability and platform economy.

She published a book about the right to be forgotten: “Diritto all’oblio e motori di ricerca. Memoria e privacy nell’era digitale“, Giuffrè, 2017 (“Right to be forgotten and search engines. Memory and privacy in the digital age”). 

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Dr. Katharina Kaesling

Research Coordinator, Käte Hamburger Center for Advanced Study „Law as Culture“, University of Bonn

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Chiara Möller

Chairwoman, Legal Tech Lab Frankfurt am Main e.V.

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Jolanda Rose

Founder, Digital Humanists & Lawtechrose

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Prof. Dr. Dr. Frauke Rostalski

Professor of Law, University of Cologne

Germany

Bio

Prof. Dr. Dr. Frauke Rostalski holds the chair for criminal law, criminal procedural law, philosophy of law and comparative law at the University of Cologne. In addition to her doctorate and habilitation in law, she received her doctorate in philosophy. For her research she has obtained a number of top-class scholarships and third-party funds. She comprehensively deals with the challenges of digital transformation for law and ethics. In Cologne, she founded an interdisciplinary research center that deals with these issues. 

Contribution to Legal Tech

She also founded the Legal Tech Lab Cologne as scientific director – a student research group that deals with legal tech from a variety of perspectives. In North Rhine-Westphalia, she heads the KI.NRW project, which is funded by the state government and is concerned with the development of a certificate for the trustworthy use of artificial intelligence. In Cologne, she also heads the project “The electronic (criminal) courtroom of the future”, which also uses artificial intelligence technology, among other things.

In cooperation with the Fraunhofer Institute IAIS, she is currently developing a legal tech tool for the area of judicial sentencing (“Smart Sentencing”), which uses Natural Language Processing in relation to German legal language. Rostalski is a member or advisory expert in a large number of scientific associations and advisory bodies, in which she is also committed to digitization – not least in the legal sector. Examples include the German Ethics Council, the Learning Systems Platform and the AI Observatory.   

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Dr. Veronica Hoch

Post-Doctoral Researcher, Ruhr University Bochum

Germany

Bio

Dr. Veronica R. S. Hoch studied law in Bayreuth with a minor in business and economics. After the First and Second State Exam in Bavaria and various jobs at well-known international law firms, including as an attorney, she received her doctoral degree at the University of Bayreuth in 2018. Her dissertation, which focuses on tax law with references to capital market law and corporate law (“The Taxation System for Capital Investments”), was awarded several prizes. Now, she works as a post-doctoral researcher at Ruhr-University Bochum. Recently, she has been offered a Tenure Track-Assistant Professorship for “Law of the Digital Economy”.

Contribution to Legal Tech

Dr. Hoch regularly publishes in the field of Legal Tech. In a seminal article, which appeared in the highly renowned Archiv civilistischer Praxis (AcP 219 (2019), Issue 5, p. 646), Dr. Hoch dealt comprehensively with the problems, opportunities and risks of the applications of Legal Tech and Artificial Intelligence as a managerial decision-making and supervisory tool. In addition, Dr. Hoch made further valuable contributions on the use of predictive analytics in civil litigation (MMR 2020, Issue 5, p. 295) as well as on the general admissibility of Legal Tech applications (VuR 2020, Issue 7, p. 254). Building on the findings in her doctoral thesis, she also works on applications of blockchain in investing.

She also reflects developments in the field of Legal Tech in her teaching. For example, she has designed a new course “Blockchain & AI in Civil Law”, which deals with Legal Tech from an international perspective. The course has also received great interest from abroad, including from the University of Lisbon, Portugal. Moreover, she develops a new course in Data Literacy and Data Science for Lawyers.

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Malin Männikkö

Legal Technologist, DLA Piper

Sweden

Bio

Malin has been a cornerstone of the Legal Tech community in Sweden. Starting with reviving Stockholm Legal Hackers, to rallying students and industry to found and lead the Stockholm Startup Bootcamp, she’s relentlessly growing into a torchbearer for diligence, diversity, and innovation in the community.

Contribution to Legal Tech

Leading Stockholm Legal Hackers in Stockholm, a local chapter for the global community of legal hackers, she organizes the yearly Stockholm Startup Bootcamp to close the gap between law and technology in a practical, hands-on, design-thinking based innovation workshop. 

She works as a legal technologist for DLA Piper Sweden, and as a product lead for Hailey, a legal technology non-profit company and community. Within the scope of both Hailey and Legal Hackers, she has been involved and organized multiple events around legal tech. She put together Stockholm Startup Bootcamp to bring interdisciplinary learning to law, business, and technology students. 

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Alexandra Andhov

Faculty of Law, University of Copenhagen

Denmark

Bio

Dr. Alexandra Andhov is a legal scholar with vast expertise in corporate law, capital market law, corporate social responsibility and technology both in academia as well as in practice. Over last years, Alexandra has provided independent insight to key projects launching several start-ups and legal tech innovations in various jurisdictions. In 2019, as a recognition of her contribution to legal research she has been granted a Fulbright Scholarship at Cornell Law School.  Currently, Alexandra leads the Legal Tech Group at the university of Copenhagen where she implements some of her most innovative initiatives such as an interactive course on Start-up Law, cooperative projects with tech and legal communities in the Nordics and Silicon Valley. Her book on Start-up Law is coming out in December 2020.

She is the organizer of the first meetups of legal tech stakeholders in Denmark. She is also an organizer of legal tech conferences, workshops, and webinars.

Contribution to Legal Tech

Alexandra has been an active creator of the legal tech community in Denmark and Nordics since 2017. She has established a series of legal tech dinners at the Faculty of Law, University of Copenhagen with the aim of bringing diverse stakeholders to one table, including legal tech start-ups, law firms, tech companies as well as bar associations. Alexandra has been a speaker on various legal tech events all over the world and she has organized various meet-ups, workshops, and conferences on legal tech over the past years. The largest international conference was held in 2019, the Law, Technology & Trust, where scholars and legal tech companies presented their research, ideas, and products. In 2020, Alexandra co-founded Legal Tech Academy together with legal tech company Contractbook. The Legal Tech Academy focuses on legal tech and innovation in the legal industry and invites for talks and discussions with the legal tech thought leaders. It is also available as a podcast. At the Faculty of Law, Alexandra has been developing new innovation-, entrepreneurship- and tech-driven courses, including How to Start a Start-up, DigiLawyer or Blockchain, and New Technologies in Corporate and Capital Market Law. Alexandra has been an active member of diverse legal tech associations in Nordics, including Nordic Legal Tech and Think Legal Tech.

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