Digital Legal Lab

registration now open for international conference "The Role of Courts and Access to Justice in the Digital Era"

In collaboration with the Digital Legal Lab, Radboud University will host a two-day hybrid international conference on 9 & 10 June. The conference will bring together about 60 researchers from 30 countries to critically assess the process of digitalisation of justice systems and the evolving role of courts in the digital era in Europe and beyond. Registration is now open.

The European Union strives to modernise judicial procedures in Europe by digitalising them. But the impact of digitalisation of justice on access to justice remains unaddressed: what kind of (access to) justice are we building? This requires to examine whether digitalisation of justice changes or indeed transforms the nature of the justice system, and whether such changes are always positive or desirable.

Digitalisation is often viewed as a key condition to ensuring effective justice in the modern era, enhancing ‘resilience’ of justice systems. It presumably helps tackle delays, enhance legal certainty, and make justice cheaper and more accessible for all. At the same time, challenges associated with digitalisation are highlighted, such as ensuring access for disadvantaged groups to digital technologies, the impact of digital technologies on fundamental rights and procedural justice, and ensuring security and privacy of digital solutions. The emergence of new technology brings with it the need for ongoing assessment of its impact.

About the conference

On 9 and 10 June 2022, researchers from across the world will gather to explore the role of courts and access to justice in the digital era. The keynote speakers at the conference are dr. Marco Velicogna (National Research Council of Italy), prof. dr. Orna Rabinovich-Einy (University of Haifa) and prof. dr. Linda Mulcahy (University of Oxford).

The conference is organized by Digital Legal Lab members Anna Pivaty and Enguerrand Marique from Radboud University. It is a collaboration between three research networks: the Institutions for Conflict Resolution (COI) sector plan group, the Digital Legal Studies sector plan group (that’s us!), and the Interdisciplinary Hub on Privacy, Security and Data Governance (iHub)

Join us

Participation is free of charge, both in-person (limited seating) as well as digitally. The registration link and more information about the conference are available here.


Click below for the full conference programme.