Future Legal Professionals Familiarized Themselves with International Experience of Implementing Innovations in the Legal Sphere

Yaroslav Mudryi National Law University with the support of the USAID New Justice Program organized the two-day workshop on justice innovations as a part of the cooperation between the University and Civil Resolution Tribunal (CRT) in British Columbia, Canada’s first online tribunal. This cooperation began with the developing and administering a certification course on innovative technologies in law “Innovation, Technology, Justice and Law”.

CRT Executive Director Richard Rogers and already well known to the course trainees CRT Legal Counsel Lauryn Kerr, both have considerable experience in developing innovations in the sphere of justice and legal technologies, took part in the interactive workshop.

Participants to the event reviewed latest initiatives of the public and private sector in the Legal Tech sphere and best practices of cooperation in the sphere of innovations in the justice sector between businesses, startups and the government.

“The entire theoretical part was presented at earlier distance lectures. At the seminar, the trainees worked in teams to master various technical and methodological tools, whose universal nature was surprising”, noted Andriy Kalamaiko, an assistant of the Civil Process Chair, with regard to solidification of knowledge in practice.

The Canadian experts familiarized the University students and teachers with the practical tools the CRT uses to resolve disputes and shared their experience of expanding the public access to justice through technologies and computer systems.

“The Tribunal’s experience, which was learned as a part of the course, is a good example of how latest technologies are being incorporated in our lives and enable people to resolve legal disputes from home”, third-year student Vladyslava Kaplina summarized the discussion. “The Canadian experience is particularly valuable for us because there are plans to create a unified Information and Telecommunication system in the Ukrainian judiciary and to set up similar e-courts in Ukraine”.

Also, the participants gained practical experience in developing process maps and other technological on-line platform maps which guide users when selecting online tools for resolving legal issues.

“This is a unique opportunity for future legal professionals to familiarize themselves with international experience of implementing innovations in the legal sphere and to gain the key competencies professional lawyers must possess in order to apply newest technologies in various practices efficiently”, Tetiana Tsuvina, an Assistant Professor of the Civil Process Chair and the Course Coordinator, commented outcomes of the certification course implementation. “Most valuable is that the training program not only included academic modules but also focused on gaining practical skills by the trainees”.

This knowledge will enable the course graduates to find new Legal Tech approaches to expanding the public access to justice in Ukraine by means of enhancing administration and analysis of operational processes associated with dispute resolution.

The workshop will be followed by work on enhancing the course program and developing the local teaching capacities so that this innovative course is incorporated in the curriculum of Yaroslav Mudryi National Law University.