Digital Legal Lab

kick-off Conference

2 December 2020

digital legal Talks


Together, we explore how algorithms, data, automation and artificial intelligence affect our legal system and society. We aim to be a leading international research group at the forefront of law & technology issues.

On Wednesday 2 December, we will look back at the first year of the Digital Legal Studies research collaboration during our kick-off conference ‘Digital Legal Talks’.

Associated researchers from all four partner universities – Maastricht University, Tilburg University, the University of Amsterdam & Radboud University Nijmegen – will present their research and discuss their work with academics, policymakers and practitioners around the world.

The very first edition of our annual Digital Legal Talks will be hosted online and is open to all. 

what to expect?

In celebration of our research collaboration’s one-year anniversary, we are thrilled to get together and give attendees an introduction of who we are and what we do. The conference will be a meeting place for academics, practitioners, students, policymakers and others who share an interest in the incredibly dynamic and exciting field of Digital Legal Studies.

The agenda for our kick-off conference in a nutshell:

Kick-off | 13.00 – 13.10
Welcome – Who we are – What we do

Meet the partner universities | 13.10 – 13.30
Get to know the research and the researchers from our collaboration’s four partner universities – the University of Amsterdam, Tilburg University, Radboud University Nijmegen and Maastricht University – and learn what each team brings to the table in terms of its unique approach and research focus.

Keynote speech | 13.30 – 14.00
Keynote speech by a renowned scholar from the field of Digital Legal Studies. [Topic and speaker to be determined]

Coffee break | 14.00 – 14.15

Breakout sessions – Round 1 | 14.15 – 15.00
Join one of our interactive breakout sessions covering a multitude of topics and perspectives. Choose from a variety of workshops, paper presentations and multi-perspective discussions with experts working across disciplines. [Sessions, presenters and discussants to be determined]

Keynote speech | 15.00 – 15.30
Keynote speech by a renowned scholar from the field of Digital Legal Studies. [Topic and speaker to be determined]

Breakout sessions – Round 2 | 15.30 – 16.15
Second round of interactive breakout sessions. [Sessions to be determined]

Closing panel | 16.15 – 17.00
Four panelists – one from each partner university of the Digital Legal Studies collaboration – will draw on their unique expertise to discuss challenging and controversial questions faced by the field of Digital Legal Studies. [Topics and panelists to be determined]


sign up for the 2020 kick-off conference

Paper submission

Researchers are invited to submit published or unpublished papers to present during our 2020 kick-off conference ‘Digital Legal Talks’. 

Potential formats for breakout session presentations are listed below for inspiration. More information on how to submit your paper will follow soon.

  • Paper presentations. Papers do not necessarily have to be published/finished, they may still be a work in progress.
  • PLSC style paper discussions. A paper is not presented by one of its authors but introduced by a discussant, who gives a brief overview and provides a counterpoint or raises questions for discussion with the participants of the workshop who are expected to have read the paper.
  • PLSC paper discussions with a twist. The authors of two papers present the other author’s paper, followed by a discussion among all participants. 
  • Two-perspective paper discussions. A paper is presented by its author and then commented on by a researcher from a different discipline. For example, a computer scientist discusses a paper by a legal scholar (or vice versa).