A Look Back at the Jur Defender — On the Path to Decentralization

You may not have noticed that on November the 7th, a tiny piece of blockchain history was written. Read below to learn all about it.

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Jan 21, 2020 · Unlisted

Along with many others in the blockchain field, Jur is trying to create a product that works according to principles driven by decentralization. Jur’s struggles aren’t different from others in the industry: we are trying to deliver a truly unique product, without any blueprint to follow, in our attempt to change the very foundations of commercial justice.

So it is with immense proudness that we can say: On November the 7th, 2019, we have taken a small step towards a world where people are more free in conducting and regulating their own business, separate from central authorities.

With no further ado, let’s introduce the Jur Defender Story.

Read the full story on Hackernoon

Phase 1 — getting ready for the record

Stefan, in his efforts to be one of the original users on the platform, got in contact with Chris, our community manager — sharing how he’d like to exchange the title of a Land Rover Defender for a total value of 10,000 USD dollars in JUR tokens.

Meet the amazing Land Rover

Our team was enthusiastic. We had expected community demand and curiosity towards the platform, but the peculiar custom nature of the vehicle really struck a chord with us — This was not just some random ageing vehicle — it was a timeless Land Rover Defender that had been upgraded and customized to become a mobile, livable, adventure car. As a project trying to add customization and upgrades to a classic legal system, the match was too perfect.

We were hooked.

Phase 2 — Testnet Procedure

Luca Daniel, Jur’s CTO, was prepared for the worst of possible coding nightmares, but luckily everything worked somewhat to plan. After 2 hrs, we had closed the procedure.

The soon-to-be sticker of the Jur Defender. Do you want one? :)

Phase 3 — Mainnet Procedure

You can feel the tense atmosphere as everyone was anxious to get the process going. Our participants had dressed up a bit, with Daniela’s freshly curled hair and Luigi’s regular lawyer attire. You’ve got to dress properly if you’re on a mission to complete the ‘first ever’ event, don’t you?

‘How’s it going guys?’ — we ask,

‘A bit nervous’ — replies Stefan.

Ready for the countdown to start? Let’s go.

Check all the series of tutorials on Jur’s Youtube

Daniela confidently takes control. After filling in all the details to set up the framework of the smart contract, the platform notifies Stefan that he has a pending contract in his dashboard. He verifies the information and confirms the offer.

Now, this is where the brilliance of smart contracts takes over. Daniela’s funds will be locked in an escrow until the terms and conditions are met. If either are unsatisfied with the results, they can initiate a dispute, where decentralized voters are encouraged to decide the outcome of the dispute. This protects both the buyer and seller, making the Jur Platform a place that encourages commerce and the exchange of goods and services.

Fortunately for our story, the two parties had agreed on the conditions and everyone acted professionally. No arguments, no fighting, and no need for decentralized dispute resolution.

But there was still some uncertainty. Would the smart contract unlock properly, and release the tokens at the conclusion of the transaction? Watch the video for that historic moment:

The full playlist with all the tutorials on how to use the Jur Beta Platform is available on our YouTube channel

Everything had gone through without a hitch. Smiles all around, and an excited but perhaps a little relieved celebration from the CEO. Daniela, Stefan, and the Jur team had pulled it off — 10,000 USD worth of JUR locked in an escrow on the blockchain under the terms of a vehicle sale, then automatically unlocked and distributed per contract conditions.

Checkfacts:

  1. Stefan accepted. He then uploaded proof he had transferred the title of the vehicle to her name (In this case, a photo of the proper documents) and confirmed the completion of his action.
  2. Daniela confirmed the action was completed per contract requirements, and released the escrowed funds to her counterparty (Stefan).
  3. Stefan withdrew the funds from the smart contract to his personal blockchain wallet.

Final — Turn The Engines On!

the Roaring Jur Defender

Let’s recap.

The JBP is currently being tested at Radboud University (read more)

Well, because it is the first time that a DIY contract is being executed on the blockchain to sell a car between two private parties.

A smart contract is a blockchain script that automates the transfer of digital currencies or assets between parties under certain conditions. They work great for escrows, fundraising, games, and other decentralized applications that don’t need a middleman.

Jur takes this smart contract technology and makes them smart legal contracts. Basically, the smart contracts are able to automate, verify, or enforce the negotiation or performance of a contract.

Thanks to that, Daniela was able to create the DIY legal contract terms on her own, without any coding background, and upload it to the blockchain is quite remarkable. For centuries, people have used paper-based contracts, which completely breaks down when one person doesn’t hold up their end of the bargain, or one party refuses to pay.

Are you really going to take someone to court and pay sky-high legal fees over a minor dispute?

Jur has managed to change the game by building an automated DIY smart legal contract platform. What makes this even more valuable is the built-in Open Layer, a dispute resolution platform that can solve disputes between counter-parties in a decentralized, fast, and practically free manner.

Before we go too far down this road, let’s refer you to a more comprehensive guide for further reading:

Next steps you can do now:

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  • Watch the entire process again on YouTube.
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