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Faculty of Arts and Humanities
Faculty phone: 
(+372) 737 5341
Faculty address: 
Jakobi 2 - 116-121, 51014, Tartu
  • Dean's Office
    Faculty phone: 
    + 372 737 5341
    Faculty address: 
    Jakobi 2, rooms 116 - 121, 51014, Tartu
  • Institute of History and Archaeology
    Faculty phone: 
    (+372) 737 5651
    Faculty address: 
    Jakobi 2, 51003, Tartu
  • Institute of Estonian and General Linguistics
    Faculty phone: 
    (+372) 737 5221
    Faculty address: 
    Jakobi 2, 51014, Tartu
  • Institute of Philosophy and Semiotics
    Faculty phone: 
    (+372) 737 5314
    Faculty address: 
    Jakobi 2, III, rooms 309-352, 51014, Tartu
  • Institute of Cultural Research
    Faculty phone: 
    (+372) 737 5223
    Faculty address: 
    Ülikooli 16, 51003, Tartu
  • School of Theology and Religious Studies
    Faculty phone: 
    (+372) 737 5301
    Faculty address: 
    Ülikooli 18-310, 50090, Tartu
  • College of Foreign Languages and Cultures
    Faculty address: 
    Lossi 3, 51003, Tartu
  • Viljandi Culture Academy
    Faculty phone: 
    (+372) 435 5232
    Faculty address: 
    Posti 1, 71004, Viljandi
Faculty of Social Sciences
Faculty phone: 
(+372) 737 5957
Faculty address: 
Lossi 36, 51003, Tartu
  • Dean's Office
    Faculty phone: 
    + 372 737 5900
    Faculty address: 
    Lossi 36, 51003, Tartu
  • Institute of Education
    Faculty phone: 
    (+372) 737 6440
    Faculty address: 
    Salme 1a, room 29, 50103, Tartu
  • Johan Skytte Institute of Political Studies
    Faculty phone: 
    (+372) 737 5582
    Faculty address: 
    Lossi 36, roomm 301, 51003, Tartu
  • School of Economics and Business Administration
    Faculty phone: 
    (+372) 737 6310
    Faculty address: 
    J. Liivi 4, 50409, Tartu
  • Institute of Psychology
    Faculty phone: 
    (+372) 737 5902
    Faculty address: 
    Näituse 2, 50409, Tartu
  • School of Law
    Faculty phone: 
    (+372) 737 5390
    Faculty address: 
    Näituse 20, 50409, Tartu
  • Institute of Social Studies
    Faculty phone: 
    (+372) 737 5188
    Faculty address: 
    Lossi 36, 51003, Tartu
  • Narva College
    Faculty phone: 
    (+372) 740 1900
    Faculty address: 
    Raekoja plats 2, 20307, Narva
  • Pärnu College
    Faculty phone: 
    (+372) 445 0520
    Faculty address: 
    Ringi 35, 80012, Pärnu
Faculty of Medicine
Faculty phone: 
(+372) 737 5326
Faculty address: 
Ravila 19, 50411, Tartu
  • Dean's Office
    Faculty phone: 
    (+372) 737 5326
    Faculty address: 
    Ravila 19, 50411, Tartu
  • Institute of Biomedicine and Translational Medicine
    Faculty phone: 
    +(372) 737 4210
    Faculty address: 
    Biomeedikum, Ravila 19, 50411, Tartu
  • Institute of Pharmacy
    Faculty phone: 
    (+372) 737 5286
    Faculty address: 
    Nooruse 1, 50411, Tartu
  • Institute of Dentistry
    Faculty phone: 
    (+372) 731 9856
    Faculty address: 
    Raekoja plats 6, 51003, Tartu
  • Institute of Clinical Medicine
    Faculty phone: 
    (+372) 737 5323
    Faculty address: 
    L. Puusepa 8, 51014, Tartu, Eesti
  • Institute of Family Medicine and Public Health
    Faculty phone: 
    (+372) 737 4190
    Faculty address: 
    Ravila 19, 50411 Tartu
  • Institute of Sport Sciences and Physiotherapy
    Faculty phone: 
    (+372) 737 5360
    Faculty address: 
    Jakobi 5-205, 51014, Tartu
Faculty of Science and Technology
Faculty phone: 
(+372) 737 5820
Faculty address: 
Vanemuise 46-208, 51014, Tartu
  • Dean's Office
    Faculty phone: 
    (+372) 737 5820
    Faculty address: 
    Vanemuise 46 - 208, 51014, Tartu
  • Institute of Computer Science
    Faculty phone: 
    (+372) 737 5445
    Faculty address: 
    J. Liivi 2, 50409, Tartu
  • Estonian Marine Institute
    Faculty phone: 
    (+372) 671 8902
    Faculty address: 
    Mäealuse 14, 12618, Tallinn
  • Institute of Physics
    Faculty address: 
    W. Ostwaldi Str 1, 50411, Tartu
  • Institute of Chemistry
    Faculty phone: 
    (+372) 737 5261
    Faculty address: 
    Ravila 14a, 50411, Tartu
  • Institute of Mathematics and Statistics
    Faculty phone: 
    (+372) 737 5860
    Faculty address: 
    J. Liivi 2, 50409, Tartu
  • Institute of Molecular and Cell Biology
    Faculty phone: 
    (+372) 737 5011
    Faculty address: 
    Riia 23, 23b-134, 51010, Tartu
  • Institute of Technology
    Faculty phone: 
    (+372) 737 4800
    Faculty address: 
    Nooruse 1, 50411, Tartu
  • Institute of Ecology and Earth Sciences
    Faculty phone: 
    (+372) 737 5835
    Faculty address: 
    Vanemuise 46, 51014, Tartu
Institutions
  • Library
    Faculty phone: 
    (+372) 737 5702
    Faculty address: 
    W.Struve 1, 50091, Tartu
  • Youth Academy
    Faculty phone: 
    (+372) 737 5581
    Faculty address: 
    Lossi 38, 51003, Tartu
  • Estonian Genome Center
    Faculty phone: 
    (+372) 737 4000
    Faculty address: 
    Riia 23b, 51010, Tartu
  • Museum
    Faculty phone: 
    (+372) 737 5674
    Faculty address: 
    Lossi 25, 51014, Tartu
  • University of Tartu Natural History Museum and Botanical Garden
    Faculty phone: 
    (+372) 737 6076
    Faculty address: 
    Vanemuise 46, 51014, Tartu
Support Units
  • Administrative Office
    Faculty phone: 
    (+372) 737 5606
    Faculty address: 
    Ülikooli 18a, 51014, Tartu
  • University Office in Tallinn
    Faculty phone: 
    +372 737 6600
    Faculty address: 
    Teatri väljak 3, 10143 Tallinn
  • Estates Office
    Faculty phone: 
    (+372) 737 5137
    Faculty address: 
    Ülikooli 18a, 51014, Tartu
  • Finance Office
    Faculty phone: 
    (+372) 737 5125
    Faculty address: 
    Jakobi 4, 51014, Tartu
  • Information Technology Office
    Faculty phone: 
    (+372) 737 6000, arvutiabi: 737 5500
    Faculty address: 
    Ülikooli 18a, 51014, Tartu
  • Internal Audit Office
    Faculty address: 
    Ülikooli 17-114, 51014, Tartu
  • Marketing and Communication Office
    Faculty phone: 
    (+372) 737 5687
    Faculty address: 
    Ülikooli 18, ruum 210, 50090, Tartu
  • Office of Academic Affairs
    Faculty phone: 
    (+372) 737 6215
    Faculty address: 
    Ülikooli 18, 50090, Tartu
  • Office of Research and Development
    Faculty phone: 
    (+372) 737 6192
    Faculty address: 
    Lossi 3, III korrus, 51003, Tartu
  • Human Resources Office
    Faculty phone: 
    (+372) 737 5145
    Faculty address: 
    Ülikooli 18, rooms 302 and 304, 50090, Tartu
  • Rector's Strategy Office
    Faculty phone: 
    (+372) 737 5600
    Faculty address: 
    Ülikooli 18, 51014, Tartu
  • Student Council
    Faculty phone: 
    (+372) 737 5400
    Faculty address: 
    Ülikooli 18b, 51014, Tartu
Other Units
  • University of Tartu Academic Sports Club
    Faculty phone: 
    +372 737 5371
    Faculty address: 
    Ujula 4, 51008 Tartu
  • Tartu Student Village
    Faculty phone: 
    +372 740 9959
    Faculty address: 
    Narva mnt 25, 51013 Tartu
  • Tartu Students’ Club
    Faculty phone: 
    +372 730 2400
    Faculty address: 
    Kalevi 24, 51010 Tartu
  • University of Tartu Press
    Faculty phone: 
    +372 737 5945
    Faculty address: 
    W. Struve 1, 50091 Tartu
  • Tartu University Hospital
    Faculty address: 
    L. Puusepa 1a, 50406 Tartu
  • University of Tartu Foundation
    Faculty phone: 
    +372 737 5852
    Faculty address: 
    Ülikooli 18, 50090 Tartu
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Contacts of UT units

Faculty of Arts and Humanities
Faculty phone: 
(+372) 737 5341
Faculty address: 
Jakobi 2 - 116-121, 51014, Tartu
  • Dean's Office
    Faculty phone: 
    + 372 737 5341
    Faculty address: 
    Jakobi 2, rooms 116 - 121, 51014, Tartu
  • Institute of History and Archaeology
    Faculty phone: 
    (+372) 737 5651
    Faculty address: 
    Jakobi 2, 51003, Tartu
  • Institute of Estonian and General Linguistics
    Faculty phone: 
    (+372) 737 5221
    Faculty address: 
    Jakobi 2, 51014, Tartu
  • Institute of Philosophy and Semiotics
    Faculty phone: 
    (+372) 737 5314
    Faculty address: 
    Jakobi 2, III, rooms 309-352, 51014, Tartu
  • Institute of Cultural Research
    Faculty phone: 
    (+372) 737 5223
    Faculty address: 
    Ülikooli 16, 51003, Tartu
  • School of Theology and Religious Studies
    Faculty phone: 
    (+372) 737 5301
    Faculty address: 
    Ülikooli 18-310, 50090, Tartu
  • College of Foreign Languages and Cultures
    Faculty address: 
    Lossi 3, 51003, Tartu
  • Viljandi Culture Academy
    Faculty phone: 
    (+372) 435 5232
    Faculty address: 
    Posti 1, 71004, Viljandi
Faculty of Social Sciences
Faculty phone: 
(+372) 737 5957
Faculty address: 
Lossi 36, 51003, Tartu
  • Dean's Office
    Faculty phone: 
    + 372 737 5900
    Faculty address: 
    Lossi 36, 51003, Tartu
  • Institute of Education
    Faculty phone: 
    (+372) 737 6440
    Faculty address: 
    Salme 1a, room 29, 50103, Tartu
  • Johan Skytte Institute of Political Studies
    Faculty phone: 
    (+372) 737 5582
    Faculty address: 
    Lossi 36, roomm 301, 51003, Tartu
  • School of Economics and Business Administration
    Faculty phone: 
    (+372) 737 6310
    Faculty address: 
    J. Liivi 4, 50409, Tartu
  • Institute of Psychology
    Faculty phone: 
    (+372) 737 5902
    Faculty address: 
    Näituse 2, 50409, Tartu
  • School of Law
    Faculty phone: 
    (+372) 737 5390
    Faculty address: 
    Näituse 20, 50409, Tartu
  • Institute of Social Studies
    Faculty phone: 
    (+372) 737 5188
    Faculty address: 
    Lossi 36, 51003, Tartu
  • Narva College
    Faculty phone: 
    (+372) 740 1900
    Faculty address: 
    Raekoja plats 2, 20307, Narva
  • Pärnu College
    Faculty phone: 
    (+372) 445 0520
    Faculty address: 
    Ringi 35, 80012, Pärnu
Faculty of Medicine
Faculty phone: 
(+372) 737 5326
Faculty address: 
Ravila 19, 50411, Tartu
  • Dean's Office
    Faculty phone: 
    (+372) 737 5326
    Faculty address: 
    Ravila 19, 50411, Tartu
  • Institute of Biomedicine and Translational Medicine
    Faculty phone: 
    +(372) 737 4210
    Faculty address: 
    Biomeedikum, Ravila 19, 50411, Tartu
  • Institute of Pharmacy
    Faculty phone: 
    (+372) 737 5286
    Faculty address: 
    Nooruse 1, 50411, Tartu
  • Institute of Dentistry
    Faculty phone: 
    (+372) 731 9856
    Faculty address: 
    Raekoja plats 6, 51003, Tartu
  • Institute of Clinical Medicine
    Faculty phone: 
    (+372) 737 5323
    Faculty address: 
    L. Puusepa 8, 51014, Tartu, Eesti
  • Institute of Family Medicine and Public Health
    Faculty phone: 
    (+372) 737 4190
    Faculty address: 
    Ravila 19, 50411 Tartu
  • Institute of Sport Sciences and Physiotherapy
    Faculty phone: 
    (+372) 737 5360
    Faculty address: 
    Jakobi 5-205, 51014, Tartu
Faculty of Science and Technology
Faculty phone: 
(+372) 737 5820
Faculty address: 
Vanemuise 46-208, 51014, Tartu
  • Dean's Office
    Faculty phone: 
    (+372) 737 5820
    Faculty address: 
    Vanemuise 46 - 208, 51014, Tartu
  • Institute of Computer Science
    Faculty phone: 
    (+372) 737 5445
    Faculty address: 
    J. Liivi 2, 50409, Tartu
  • Estonian Marine Institute
    Faculty phone: 
    (+372) 671 8902
    Faculty address: 
    Mäealuse 14, 12618, Tallinn
  • Institute of Physics
    Faculty address: 
    W. Ostwaldi Str 1, 50411, Tartu
  • Institute of Chemistry
    Faculty phone: 
    (+372) 737 5261
    Faculty address: 
    Ravila 14a, 50411, Tartu
  • Institute of Mathematics and Statistics
    Faculty phone: 
    (+372) 737 5860
    Faculty address: 
    J. Liivi 2, 50409, Tartu
  • Institute of Molecular and Cell Biology
    Faculty phone: 
    (+372) 737 5011
    Faculty address: 
    Riia 23, 23b-134, 51010, Tartu
  • Institute of Technology
    Faculty phone: 
    (+372) 737 4800
    Faculty address: 
    Nooruse 1, 50411, Tartu
  • Institute of Ecology and Earth Sciences
    Faculty phone: 
    (+372) 737 5835
    Faculty address: 
    Vanemuise 46, 51014, Tartu
Institutions
  • Library
    Faculty phone: 
    (+372) 737 5702
    Faculty address: 
    W.Struve 1, 50091, Tartu
  • Youth Academy
    Faculty phone: 
    (+372) 737 5581
    Faculty address: 
    Lossi 38, 51003, Tartu
  • Estonian Genome Center
    Faculty phone: 
    (+372) 737 4000
    Faculty address: 
    Riia 23b, 51010, Tartu
  • Museum
    Faculty phone: 
    (+372) 737 5674
    Faculty address: 
    Lossi 25, 51014, Tartu
  • University of Tartu Natural History Museum and Botanical Garden
    Faculty phone: 
    (+372) 737 6076
    Faculty address: 
    Vanemuise 46, 51014, Tartu
Support Units
  • Administrative Office
    Faculty phone: 
    (+372) 737 5606
    Faculty address: 
    Ülikooli 18a, 51014, Tartu
  • University Office in Tallinn
    Faculty phone: 
    +372 737 6600
    Faculty address: 
    Teatri väljak 3, 10143 Tallinn
  • Estates Office
    Faculty phone: 
    (+372) 737 5137
    Faculty address: 
    Ülikooli 18a, 51014, Tartu
  • Finance Office
    Faculty phone: 
    (+372) 737 5125
    Faculty address: 
    Jakobi 4, 51014, Tartu
  • Information Technology Office
    Faculty phone: 
    (+372) 737 6000, arvutiabi: 737 5500
    Faculty address: 
    Ülikooli 18a, 51014, Tartu
  • Internal Audit Office
    Faculty address: 
    Ülikooli 17-114, 51014, Tartu
  • Marketing and Communication Office
    Faculty phone: 
    (+372) 737 5687
    Faculty address: 
    Ülikooli 18, ruum 210, 50090, Tartu
  • Office of Academic Affairs
    Faculty phone: 
    (+372) 737 6215
    Faculty address: 
    Ülikooli 18, 50090, Tartu
  • Office of Research and Development
    Faculty phone: 
    (+372) 737 6192
    Faculty address: 
    Lossi 3, III korrus, 51003, Tartu
  • Human Resources Office
    Faculty phone: 
    (+372) 737 5145
    Faculty address: 
    Ülikooli 18, rooms 302 and 304, 50090, Tartu
  • Rector's Strategy Office
    Faculty phone: 
    (+372) 737 5600
    Faculty address: 
    Ülikooli 18, 51014, Tartu
  • Student Council
    Faculty phone: 
    (+372) 737 5400
    Faculty address: 
    Ülikooli 18b, 51014, Tartu
Other Units
  • University of Tartu Academic Sports Club
    Faculty phone: 
    +372 737 5371
    Faculty address: 
    Ujula 4, 51008 Tartu
  • Tartu Student Village
    Faculty phone: 
    +372 740 9959
    Faculty address: 
    Narva mnt 25, 51013 Tartu
  • Tartu Students’ Club
    Faculty phone: 
    +372 730 2400
    Faculty address: 
    Kalevi 24, 51010 Tartu
  • University of Tartu Press
    Faculty phone: 
    +372 737 5945
    Faculty address: 
    W. Struve 1, 50091 Tartu
  • Tartu University Hospital
    Faculty address: 
    L. Puusepa 1a, 50406 Tartu
  • University of Tartu Foundation
    Faculty phone: 
    +372 737 5852
    Faculty address: 
    Ülikooli 18, 50090 Tartu
  • View all other units

IT Law Conference on Legal Technology 2016

The IT Law Conference 2016 focused on Legal Technology. It took place on May 26, 2016 at Nordic Hotel Forum, Tallinn, Estonia  in the framework of the Estonian ICT Week 2016It was organized by the IT Law Programme of the University of Tartu and Estonian Legal Hackers Meetup in cooperation with NJORD Law Firm, Fondia and several other partners.

Speakers

  • Ülle Madise, Chancellor of Justice
  • Taavi Kotka, CIO of Estonia
  • Anna Ronkainen, TrademarkNow
  • Bradley Mitchell, Fondia
  • Priit Parmakson, Estonian Information System Authority
  • Ermo Täks, Tallinn University of Technology
  • Karmen Turk, Council of Europe, University of Tartu, Triniti Law Firm
  • Helen Eenmaa-Dimitrieva, University of Tartu
  • Anne Veerpalu, University of Tartu, NJORD Law Firm
  • Alex Norta, Tallinn University of Technology
  • Hannes Vallikivi, Estonian Bar Association, DERLING
  • Ave Piik, Estonian Bar Association, COBALT
  • Laura Kask, Estonian Ministry of Economic Affairs and Communications
  • Anti Kodar, Fondia
  • Risto Hübner, Nortal, Estonia Legal Hackers
  • Tanel Erik Podar, Fortumo
  • Raul Sirel, Texta
  • Merike Kaev, Ministry of Justice
  • Kätri Sarapuu, Tallinn Centre District Administration
  • Siim Mägi, Avokaado 
     

Concept

ICT has become an inseparable part of our everyday lives both in personal and professional sphere. Technology both challenges and advances all business sectors. Legal sector is not untouchable to the effect of ICTs. However, it is more conservative than many other fields of consultation business as lawyers seem to be less inviting regarding change to their billable-hour-oriented business models. 

However, technology is quickly changing how the provision of legal services takes place as well as how law firms manage their everyday practice. Most of the disruption tends to come from the experts in other business sectors, for example computer engineers or business people who are the users of legal services and want to change the industry. This is combined with a tremendous and increasing amount of legal research ongoing in many universities on different technologies that could have a substantial impact on the legal sector and the legal profession. According to Professor Richard Susskind the legal profession will change dramatically in the next two decades. 

At the IT Law Conference we introduced and discussed some of the most intriguing topics related to how ICTs influence law and the legal sector, including the topics of 

  • Visual law, 
  • Semantic legal web and its alternatives, 
  • Legal service design and 
  • Blockchain technology for legal sector. 

We presented the projects of the IT Law Lab, which had been developed in 2016 in cooperation between the IT Law Programme of the University of Tartu, the Bar Association of Estonia and the Ministry of Economic Affairs and Communications. 

The Conference also served as the platform for 

  • The launch of a legal tech competition by the Estonian Bar Association,
  • The launch of a legal as well service productby a law firm, and
  • Introduction of some legal startups and applied science research tools.
     

Agenda and Presentations

8:45

Registration and Coffee

9:15

Welcome and Opening Remarks

  • Taavi Kotka, CIO of Estonia
  • Helen Eenmaa-Dimitrieva, Director of the IT Law Programme, University of Tartu

Taavi is the Estonian Government Chief Information Officer. He has been recognized as the European CIO of the Year 2014 (by ICT Spring), was the president of the Estonian Association of Information Technology and Telecommunications (ITL), and was elected as an Entrepreneur of the year 2011 in Estonia (by Ernst&Young). Taavi is a board member in many ICT initiatives in Estonia and has been the brainpower behind many Estonian e-government innovative initiatives like e-residency, data embassy, no-legacy policy and others.

Helen is the Director of the IT Law Programme at the University of Tartu. She is the founder of the IT Law research and study area at UT and the main liaison between the professors, entrepreneurs, public sector representatives, members of the advisory board, researchers, students, and administrators connected to the programme. After defending her doctoral degree at Yale Law School, she has focused her research on the theoretical foundations of law, disagreements between the economic and philosophical theories of private law, as well as fundamental dilemmas in information technology law. Her forthcoming works focus on the relationship between justice and legitimacy as well as the logic of legal regulation underlying secure e-services.

9:30

Opening Remarks

  • Ülle Madise, Chancellor of Justice in Estonia

Ülle is the Chancellor of Justice and Ombudsman of the Republic of Estonia and a Professor of Constitutional Law at the University of Tartu. She is currently also a member of the European Commission against Racism and Intolerance. She has previously worked as Legal Adviser to the President and prior to that been a member of the National Electoral Committee. Additionally, she has worked several years for the Ministry of Justice, Auditor General and Estonian Parliament Riigikogu.

9:45

Keynote Address

  • Hannes Vallikivi, Chairman of the Board, Estonian Bar Association; Managing Partner, DERLING 

Hannes is the Chairman of the Estonian Bar Association and the Managing Partner at Derling Law Firm. He is an expert in the fields of banking and finance, M&A, corporate law, IT and technology law. He is also member of the Listing and Surveillance Committee of the Tallinn Stock Exchange and a big enthusiast in the field of legal technologies. He has published articles on financial and commercial law, public international law and human rights law.

10:15

Innovative Technologies Influencing the Legal Sector

  • Ermo Täks, Associate Professor, Tallinn University of Technology

Ermo does research on automated legal content capture and visualization methods, which is originated from practical experience, gained from public sector. Complex system of legal acts, which is constantly evolving and changing, is challenging matter for anyone. Visualization is one way to deal with such complexity, but inevitably alters the way we are used to handle the subject. Ermo will talk about different ways of visualizing legal information with some visualization examples provided and discuss over potential benefits of these approaches.

10:45

 Interoperability between IT and Law

  • Priit Parmakson, Architect, Estonian Information System Authority

E-government services and information systems must comply with and be traceable to the law. This interoperability between law and IT, the fundamental principle of legality, places strong demands on public sector IT. Despite the promise of various technologies - ontologies, semantic web etc, it is not that easy to attain frictionless alignment between legal texts and machine code in practice. Priit will talk about lessons learned in semantic and legal interoperability projects and offer a look ahead towards more lightweight approaches. Priit is the lead architect of the Estonian public sector metadata catalogue. He also works in other Estonian governmental infrastructural systems and has served as an expert in various EU semantic interoperability and metadata projects.

11:15

Extracting Information from Court Decisions with TEXTA Toolkit

  • Raul Sirel, Founder of Texta

Publicly available court decisions constitute a resource that is heavily used but only a fraction of their full potential has been exploited. The question is how to extract meaningful information from them? Raul Sirel will explain and show how natural language processing techniques have helped us to extract metadata from free text when public metadata is not available and how TEXTA toolkit brings searching and analysing court decisions to a whole new level. Raul, founder of Texta OÜ, has background in text mining, natural language processing and machine learning. He has worked as a researcher in data and text mining projects at the University of Tartu, Software Technology and Applications Competence Centre, University of Western Sydney and National ICT of Australia. Raul is currently pursuing his PhD in computational linguistics and leading the development of TEXTA Toolkit.

11:30

Blockchain Technology and the Law

  • Alex Norta, Associate Professor, Tallinn University of Technology

Alex’s presentation gives first an overview of how blockchain technology affects society with disruptive innovations. The latter also have significant implications for the legal profession, e.g., smart contracts that are machine readable. He will also give an overview related to smart contracts based on his recent research publications. Alex is the Associate Professor at Tallinn University of Technology. He was a researcher at the Oulu University Secure-Programming Group (OUSPG) after having been a post-doctoral researcher at the University of Helsinki, Finland. He received his MSc degree (2001) from the Johannes Kepler University of Linz, Austria and his PhD degree (2007) from the Eindhoven University of Technology, The Netherlands.

12:00

Lunch Break

Grab a lunch with other conference attendees at one of the restaurants in the hotel or around it

13:00

IT Law Lab

  • Laura Kask, Legal Advisor at the Department of State Information Systems, Estonian Ministry of Economic Affairs and Communications
  • Ave Piik, Head of the Intellectual Property and IT Law Commission, Estonian Bar Association; Head of IP/IT, COBALT
  • Karmen Turk, Litigation Attorney, Triniti Law Firm; Expert, Council of Europe; Visiting Lecturer in IT Law, University of Tartu
  • Merike Kaev, Advisor, Ministry of Justice
  • Kätri Sarapuu, Lawyer, Tallinn Centre District Administration

In this panel, we will introduce the projects in the IT Law Lab as well as the general idea behind the cooperation between the Estonian Bar Association, the IT Law Programme of the University of Tartu and the Ministry of Economic Affairs and Communications in setting up the IT Law Lab at the University of Tartu.

Laura is currently working at the Ministry of Economic Affairs and Communications as the legal advisor at the Department of State Information Systems. She is responsible for legislative framework of Estonian information society and currently focusing on eID and trust services. Additionally, her task has also been promoting public-private partnership in e-government technologies. She is involved in many innovative projects with the Estonian government, including on data embassies and digital continuity. Currently she is obtaining a PhD degree in Law at the University of Tartu where her main research topic is cloud computing in public sector. Laura has been the main coordinator of the projects conducted in the framework of IT Law Lab from the perspective of the Ministry of Economic Affairs and Communications.

Ave is an expert in the fields of IT and technology, data protection and intellectual property law matters and heads the IP/IT law practice group at COBALT Law Firm in Estonia. She also has experience in advising on mergers and acquisitions, as well as venture capital investments especially concerning the technology, communications and media sectors. Ave is the vice president of the IP, technology, media and telecommunications commission of AIJA (the International Association of Young Lawyers). As the head of the IP/IT law commission at the Estonian Bar Association Ave has been one of the main initiators and coordinators of the projects conducted within the framework of the IT Law Lab.

Karmen is a litigation attorney at Triniti Law Firm and a Visiting Lecturer in IT Law at the University of Tartu. She is also an Expert in the Committee on Cross-border Flow of Internet Traffic and Internet Freedom in the Council of Europe. She has an outstanding expertise in human rights, intellectual property, media and international law.

Merike is an advisor at the Estonian Ministry of Justice and an MA student in the IT Law Programme of the University of Tartu. At the Ministry of Justice, Merike is responsible for ensuring the accessibility of court information, which includes developing all the needed information systems and making sure of their compliance with existing legislation, composing all the summaries of Estonian Supreme Court decisions and publishing in the State Gazette.

Kätri is a lawyer for the Tallinn Centre District Administration and an MA student in the IT Law Programme of the University of Tartu. At the Tallinn Centre District Administration, she is mainly responsible for public procurement. Kätri has previously worked as an assistant to a member of the European Parliament and studied at the University of Burgundy.

14:00

Launch of the Legal Tech Competition

  • Hannes Vallikivi, Chairman of the Board, Estonian Bar Association; Managing Partner, DERLING

14:15

The New Way for Legal: Avokaado's Vision for the Future

  • Siim Mägi, CEO and Founder of Avokaado

Siim will talk about the concept of Avokaado and its vision for the future. Avokaado is a new online platform for legal services, which enables users to create legal documents and use other services related to the legal industry. Siim is the co-founder of Avokaado. He has background in acting as in-house council and as an attorney. He has worked as in-house council in Lindorff and KredEx and as an attorney in law firms Teder, Magnusson, RaidlaEllex and Glikman Alvin & Partnerid.

14:30

Keynote Address: From Research to Innovative Legal Tech Products

  • Anna Ronkainen, Chief Scientist and Co-Founder, TrademarkNow

Anna will hold the second keynote address of the day, introducing legal technologies and their impact across the globe based on her own research in this field. She is an artificial intelligence and law scholar doing research at the intersection of IP law, cognition and vague norms, with over 15 years of experience in linguistic software development including many successes in project and product management. Anna is teaching the first ever program in a Northern European law school (University of Turku) on Legal Technology and Innovation. Anna is also a co-founder of TrademarkNow, a Finnish legal tech company developing solutions for trademark law based on artificial intelligence, used by many industry leaders, law firms and branding agencies across the world. Founded in 2012, it combines one trademark attorney’s frustrations with existing solutions with a decade of earlier research and a world-class development team. Anna will elaborate on the company’s back story and demonstrates the current product line, including latest features.

15:30

Coffee Break

16:00

Compliance and Digitalization. Launch of MyFondia Legal Platform

  • Bradley Mitchell, Senior Legal Counsel, Fondia
  • Anti Kodar, Managing Director, Fondia Baltic

MyFondia is a tool for Legal Department as a Service providing efficient management of legal aspects in a company.

Brad is a Senior Legal Counsel of Fondia. Brad has advised multinational organizations in a broad range of legal and business capacities for over 18 years. Brad has most recently worked in the Ethics and Compliance departments of Microsoft and Nokia, and currently specializes in helping companies to build, implement and improve their compliance programs. Brad has practical experience in developing and implementing compliance programs including: conducting risk assessments, drafting compliance policies and procedures, implementing reporting hotlines, conducting and managing investigations, designing and providing training, and advising on best practices. In addition to his work in compliance, Brad also has a strong background in legal issues related to supply chains and procurement, open source software licensing and development, and dispute resolution. Brad is originally from the United States, and is a native English speaker. He has lived in Finland since 2000, became a Finnish citizen in 2012.

Anti is the managing director of Fondia Baltic. Before joining Fondia, Anti obtained legal knowledge and expertise from both sides of the legal provision service – as an in-house counsel in SEB and as an attorney in VARUL law firm. Anti is intrigued by new ways of providing legal services and goes by the principle: excellent legal service starts from understanding the business. Legal has to provide solutions and efficient ways to do business in a suitable risk-reward ratio.

17:00

The Future of Legal Services

  • Risto Hübner, Chief Legal Officer, Nortal; Founder, Estonia Legal Hackers (Moderator)
  • Bradley Mitchell, Senior Legal Counsel, Fondia
  • Anna Ronkainen, Chief Scientist and Co-Founder, TrademarkNow
  • Tanel Erik Podar, Legal Counsel, Fortumo
  • Hannes Vallikivi, Chairman of the Board of the Estonian Bar Association; Managing Partner, DERLING

Legal industry has been one of the slowest in adoption of new technologies and changes of business models. While many industries have already witnessed dramatic changes due to new technologies, disruption of the legal industry is yet to occur. This panel session will explore what are some of the current changes taking place in the legal industry and what are some of the innovative ways for legal services delivery, including how legal technology can assist legal professionals, as well as what are some of the new ways for in-house counsel to find value and better organise their work. The panel session will also discuss what could be some of the major challenges that legal professionals will be facing in the future.

While others have been introduced above, let us give you a little background on Risto and Tanel Erik. Risto is the chief legal officer of an ICT and business consultancy enterprise Nortal, Visiting Lecturer in IT Law at the University of Tartu and founder of the Estonian chapter of Legal Hackers, forming part of a global movement of lawyers, policymakers, technologists, and academics who explore and develop creative solutions to some of the most pressing issues at the intersection of law and technology. Previously he has worked as an attorney at Law Office Tark Grunte Sutkiene and advisor at Estonian Parliament Riigikogu. His expertise covers IT and technology, data protection and intellectual property law.

Tanel Erik is the legal counsel at the mobile payments platform provider Fortumo. Previously he has worked as a lawyer in Law Office Raidla & Partners, Swedbank and SEB. In Fortumo, Tanel deals with day-to-day legal advice, compliance, agreement negotiations, legal disputes, intellectual property and anything else that ends up on his desk. Hence, Tanel is a true in-house counsel, legal project manager who deals hand-in-hand with the business side and supports the core business of Fortumo.

17:45

Closing Remarks

  • Anne Veerpalu, Visiting Lecturer in IT Law, University of Tartu; Associate Partner, NJORD Law Firm; Founder, Estonian Legal Hackers

Anne is an Associate Partner and an Attorney-at-Law at NJORD Law Firm. She is also a visiting Lecturer of the IT Law Programme at the University of Tartu, one of the organizers of Estonia Legal Hackers and a legal angel at crowdfunding platform FUNDWISE. Her legal expertise covers the areas of venture capital & private equity and alternative finance. She is a passionate legal technology and blockchain enthusiast.

18:00

Networking and Snacks