Teachers of Ukrainian Universities Developed Projects of Model Legal Innovations Curricula

Teachers of Ukrainian universities interested in introducing a course on legal innovation in the educational process attended the Summer School on Innovations in Law organized by the Ministry of Justice in partnership with the Kyiv Legal Hackers community with support from the USAID New Justice Program.

During the week-long event, 12 faculty members and four students from the Kyiv Legal Hackers community, competitively selected by the organizers out of the 73 applicants wishing to attend summer school, enhanced their specialist knowledge and skills in implementing legal innovations and state-of-the-art technology. Moreover, they have developed the Legal Innovation Draft Curricula to teach these topics in Ukrainian law schools.

Based on these projects the working group comprising of representatives of the Ministry of Education and Science and the Ministry of Justice will develop a Model Legal Innovations Curriculum, which will be subsequently recommended for integration into the Bachelor Program in Law. The continued application of this Model Legal Innovations Curriculum in Ukrainian law schools is a part of a comprehensive initiative to introduce an Innovative (Model) Law School Curriculum that encompasses key legal subjects and creates ample space for innovation by law schools. The Innovative (Model) Law School Curriculum was developed by the USAID New Justice Program at the request of the Ministry of Justice to provide quality training for future generations of lawyers to meet current labor market needs.

The USAID New Justice Program also presented a pilot project to introduce online dispute resolution elements in Ukraine using an online service that will help citizens navigate across their legal challenges and will offer solutions to their problems. Within the pilot project, the program will invite Ukrainian software developers to cooperation to create a service similar to the one tested last year in partnership with the Kyiv District Court of Odesa and the Main Directorate of the National Police in Odesa Oblast. This service will allow citizens to help identify a legal problem and prepare documents to appeal sanctions for traffic violations, as well as for divorce and child support payment disputes.

In addition, the Summer School program included discussions on legal innovation trends, global and local innovative online platforms, as well as the use of automated and semi-automated systems for providing legal services to final beneficiaries with the assistance of virtual consultants. The discussion agenda also included improvements to digital business processes in law, artificial intelligence and the use of mathematical algorithms in law, inter alia concluding and modifying online transactions, as well as providing notary services through a continuous chain of online transactions, legal tech services monetizing and sponsorship in such projects.

The Summer School invited a range of speakers to talk about these and other topics of interest during legal innovation training: Kyiv Legal Hackers CEO Denys Ivanov, Bot & Partners CEO Mykyta Pidgayniy, Axon Partners Legal Engineer Andrii Kostenko, Legal Nodes legal tech start-up co-founder Nestor Dubnevych, The Hague Institute of Law legal innovation agent Dmytro Foremnyi.

Brooklyn Law School Professor Jonathan Askin, known for founding a legal innovation incubator in Brooklyn, introduced students to the professional challenges of being a modern lawyer during his presentation “Education, Evolution, and the Role of the Next-Generation Lawyer in a Bit-speed World.” Thus, as part of the event, the educators not only exchanged their own experience in teaching innovation-related legal subjects but also had the opportunity to compare it with similar experiences of foreign colleagues.