Artificial Intelligence — Human Justice

July 21st, 2018 § 0 comments § permalink

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The Diploma Centre of the Law Society of Ireland’s Use of Technology

July 21st, 2018 § 0 comments § permalink

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diploma-centre-teamThe Diploma Centre of the Law Society of Ireland’s Use of Technology

Rory O'Boyle, Diploma Manager, Law Society of Ireland

Rory O’Boyle, Diploma Manager, Law Society of Ireland

In 2014 the Diploma Centre launched the first Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) in Aviation. This course ran for six weeks and covered an introduction to aviation leasing and finance and its beginnings in Ireland, technical basics, legal, financial and commercial.  In 2015 we focused on the growing area of Technology Law. Technology has brought exponential change not only in our personal lives but also in professional practice, in terms of how legal practice is managed, the software used and the legal issues confronting clients in business. The MOOC, ‘Understanding the law in a digital age’, explored emerging issues of relevance to entrepreneurs who seek to exploit opportunities in this digital age and to existing organisations who must engage online to prosper. It also examined the importance of regulation, data protection, online privacy and the legal implications of rapidly-growing use of social media.

Dr Freda Grealy, Head of Diplomas, Law Society of Ireland

Dr Freda Grealy, Head of Diplomas, Law Society of Ireland

Our 2016 MOOC ‘Privacy, a human right for the digital age’, was delivered online over five weeks and comprised presentations from experts in data protection and digital privacy, live online discussions and assessments, and the balance between an individual’s right to privacy and the efficient use of data by companies and other organisations. Specific content such as cyber security threats, the EU-US Privacy Shield – or the ‘Safe Harbour’ agreement as it is known – and the impact of emerging technology, including drones and ‘the internet of things’, are extremely topical and of interest to a wide range of people.
In 2017 we delivered a MOOC on the topic of ‘Employment Law in the digital era: Brexit, borders and offices without walls; challenges and impacts in uncertain times’. This was our biggest free online course to date, and attracted over 3,200 students. The course explored contemporary employment issues including social media in the workplace, equality and the law, dispute resolution mechanisms and hiring post-Brexit: why Ireland works as an alternative.
The MOOC has vastly increased our ability to provide free, accessible, on-demand and insightful content to our members and the wider community. However, it is the international dimension that has been truly game-changing. Participants from countries as wide-ranging as Botswana, Brazil, Latvia and Australia are now – digitally, at least – sitting side-by-side engaging with our Irish legal experts,” “The great number of participants illustrates how relevant and up to date the course material is,” according to Law Society Director of Education T P Kennedy.
We will also be running a new MOOC in 2018, Keep an eye on our website and social media channels for more information early next year.

ERA-CCBE Young lawyers Contest “EU Law in practice”

March 19th, 2018 § 0 comments § permalink

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The “Academy of European Law in Trier” and the CCBE are organising the Young lawyers Contest “EU Law in practice” (September 6-7, 2018).

Aim of the contest

The contest will bring together young and newly-qualified lawyers to spotlight the importance of European law for their future legal practice.

In teams composed of contestants from different European countries, they will be challenged to apply their knowledge of European law in practical role-play scenarios. Under the watchful eye of a jury of leading European law practitioners, they will learn to work with peers from other legal cultures to build strong cases in areas as diverse as business law, criminal justice and human rights.

The contestants will be judged both on their knowledge of European law and on their advocacy skills in drafting written arguments, conducting negotiations and pleading before a judge.

The contest is an opportunity for national and regional Bars to encourage their young lawyers to get excited about European law and to learn how to use it to improve their day-to-day practice.

Format and award

The contest will consist of three rounds. A carefully selected jury will rank the teams after each round. Only the two best teams will go through to the third and final round.

All participants will receive membership of the Friends of ERA Association, giving them access to useful European law resources and a network of practitioners from across Europe.

The members of the winning team will receive a voucher for free participation in an ERA event of their choice, including the cost of travel and accommodation.

All participants will also receive a certificate which they can use to fulfil their required number of continuing training hours if their Bar permits.

The contest will be conducted in English. Participants should be able to use it as a working language.

Participation

The contest is open to trainee lawyers and newly qualified lawyers (in their first year after qualification) from the member Bars of the CCBE.

There will be eight teams, each of three contestants. Each participating Bar may register up to three contestants. If a Bar wishes to register more than three contestants, these will be placed on a reserve list.

Registrations will be processed in the order of their arrival.

Fees and expenses

The participation fee per contestant is €640. This covers all accommodation and catering for contestants, as well as the organisational expenses. Participating Bars will be asked to cover the travel costs of their participants.

Registration

Bars wishing to participate in the contest should inform the CCBE (ofarrell@ccbe.eu). The deadline to nominate contestants is 12 April 2018.

Additional information:  www.younglawyerscontest.eu

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The training of lawyers in the 21st century

January 30th, 2018 § 0 comments § permalink

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Jarkko Männistö, Asianajaja presenting his paper in Brussels at the CCNE Training conference on 14th December 2017

Jarkko Männistö, Asianajaja presenting his paper in Brussels at the CCBE Training conference on 14th December 2017

This is a short blog by Jarkko Männistö, Asianajaja, OTT outlining key points from his intervention at the CCBE conference on Training of Lawyers, challenges and opportunities, Brussels, 14 December 2017.

I have been teaching advocacy to students, bar exam candidates, and experienced attorneys for almost 15 years. What I have learned, through a series of trials and errors, is that students learn what they want to learn. And only what they want to learn.

Based on this experience I argue that continuing legal education in the 21st century should, above all, be a positive experience to those we wish to educate.

The following are, what I consider, the four cornerstones of the positive learning experience.

Go online, go live
Lawyers are chronically time constrained. So take legal education online whenever you can. If a lawyer can save an hour or two of travel time, he or she just might spend a good part of the time saved learning something new.

If you want to lecture, broadcast it live. Livestream lecture with a real time chat is a great way on engaging students from the comfort of their own office or home.

Show, don’t tell
Those who can, do; those who can’t, teach. If you do not agree with this, show your students how it’s done. It’s easy enough to say that you should write clearly and concisely. Following that instruction is the hard part.

Lawyers must apply law to concrete problems. Continuing legal education should help them do that, which is why continuing legal education should be all about application.

Doing is learning
Sitting still and listening someone talk about the law is, even for most lawyers, dreadfully boring. Don’t put your students’ brain into hibernation.

Instead, activate your students. Ask questions. Create problems. Make them do the work, because that’s what learning requires. Hard work. Doing stuff with your brain. Not having it done for you by someone else (the teacher).

Be a coach
People avoid things which cause them embarrasment. Never make people feel bad about themselves, because most of them will not study harder to avoid further embarrasment. Instead, they will take the easy way out, which is to avoid your lectures.

So, accept everyone come in “as is”. You have succeeded as a teacher, if they leave equipped with more knowledge than they came in. And more importantly, with a hunger to learn more.

Jarkko Männistö
Attorney, LL.D.

This posting is an adaptation of the speech Jarkko gave on 14 December in Brussels in the CCBE Seminar titled “Training of lawyers, challenges and opportunities”.

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Outcome of the CCBE Training conference

January 12th, 2018 § 0 comments § permalink

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The CCBE Training conference took place on 14 December 2017 in Brussels at the L42 Business Centre (Rue de la Loi 42, 1040, Brussels).

The programme included panels on the transforming management of the law firm in the digital era, neuroscience and new discoveries on effective learning, innovative training tools such as MOOC, virtual reality, webinar, and finally guides to financing projects. Furthermore, the conference provided an introduction to the European Training Platform on the e-Justice portal, and represented a valuable opportunity for training providers and legal professionals to share best practices and innovative solutions for legal training.

Please find the available presentations of the speakers for the conference:

CCBE Training Conference Programme

CCBE Training Conference Presentation

Workshop 1a – Design thinking and legal design

Workshop 1b – EU funds for training of lawyers

Workshop 2 – Choosing the appropriate, innovative tools for training

Workshop 3 – Council of Europe: HELP in the EU

ERA-CCBE Young Lawyers Competition on EU Law in Practice

November 17th, 2017 § 0 comments § permalink

The Competition, which should have taken place on 7-8 December 2017 in Trier, will be postponed to next year.

You can now register for the CCBE Training Conference!

October 3rd, 2017 § 0 comments § permalink

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14 December 2017, L42 – Rue de la Loi 42, Brussels

The Conference which will discuss ‘Training of lawyers: challenges and opportunities’ is now open for registration.

The programme includes panels on the transforming management of the law firm in the digital era, neuroscience and new discoveries on effective learning, innovative training tools such as MOOC, virtual reality, webinar, and finally guides to financing training projects. Furthermore, the conference will give an introduction to the European Training Platform on the e-Justice portal, and will represent a valuable opportunity for training providers and legal professionals to share best practices and innovative solutions for legal training.

Please register your participation by 20 November 2017 at event@ccbe.eu.

Please find the detailed programme for the conference here.

The conference language is English.

ERA-CCBE Young Lawyers Competition on EU Law in Practice, 7-8 December 2017, Trier

September 27th, 2017 § 0 comments § permalink

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The European Academy of Law (ERA) and the CCBE are organising a ‘Young Lawyers Contest: EU law in practice’ which will take place on 7-8 December 2017 in Trier, Germany.

The aim of the Contest is is to bring together future lawyers from different European countries at a time when they are undergoing entry level training to enable them to share common values and to exchange new experiences/discuss new perspectives in areas of common interest.

Bars/Law Societies/Lawyers’ Schools from the following countries will participate: Austria, Finland, France, Germany, Poland and Romania.

As part of the Contest, teams (mixed by nationality, experience etc.) will have to prepare a written report on a legal question/oral defence session and a negotiating exercise. The two best teams will take part in the final oral debate.

Information about the Contest can be found here.

Save the Date: CCBE Training Conference, 14 Dec. 2017, Brussels

August 24th, 2017 § 0 comments § permalink

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Please note that the Conference will be held in English.

Further information will follow in the coming weeks.

CCBE Training Conference postponed

March 4th, 2016 § 0 comments § permalink

Due to unforeseen circumstances, the CCBE will need to postpone the CCBE Conference on ‘Training of Lawyers – Challenges and Opportunities’ which was planned to take place on 22 April 2016.

The CCBE will examine the agenda to decide which timing could be suitable to organise this conference at a later date.