Rachel Rietveld is CEO / head of research and development at ArbeidsmarktResearch UvA BV (ARR), a private company related to the University of Amsterdam. Rachel’s daily activities are at the intersection of law and technology. Her own research is about the use of expert systems and Machine Learning for interpreting open norms in law and with ARR for example, she is creator of the labor-law orientated website magontslag.nl. Here, people find legal expert systems that provide the user-specific information about or, an estimation of their legal position in comprehensible ways. The purpose is to make the law more accessible in innovative ways.
Besides that, she teaches at the University of Amsterdam, as well as at Universities of applied sciences and in (post-academic) courses. Rachel set up her own course for master students, the Legal Tech Lab, where law students learn about the wide scope of Legal Tech, the behind lying techniques and the benefits and pitfalls. Together with companies that act as clients, the students work on their own Legal Tech solution.
Contribution to Legal Tech
Rachel has been Specializing in the field of Legal Tech since 2014 and has been the driving force behind Magontslag.nl. As the CEO and Head of research and development at ArbeidsmarktResearch UvA B.V. (2017-present), she is in a leading role in several projects on improving access to law and justice through Legal Tech. For example, with the Dutch Board of Legal Aid and the University of Western Cape (South-Africa). Rachel also contributes content for study books on Legal Tech and has written several articles about legal tech and the digitilization of law.