The Lab For New Justice is Born: Radboud University & Jur To Open The First Set of Tests on the Jur Beta Platform

Radboud University and Jur have strengthened their roles as pioneers in the LegalTech industry with the partnership now underway.

Ben Yorke
Ben Yorke
Oct 23, 2019 · 4 min read

This is the first step of the Lab For New Justice, the program launched by Jur to test the assumptions behind the Jur Beta Platform — in particular, the game theory that enables the disputes over contracts created on the platform to be resolved in no time, thanks to economical incentives over a community of voters.

The Lab for New Justice represents an exceptional diamond in the blockchain industry and the first step, taken with the Radboud University, will be soon followed by many other universities. The path to a new justice is long, but the academic response is huge, and the Lab initiative is bound to produce spectacular results. The entire Jur team is looking forward to seeing what kind of insights will soon be gathered by the testing phase of the Jur Beta Platform.

For this first step, The Faculty of Law of Radboud University Nijmegen has just started to invite their law students to take part in the program. Participating students will be competing for a paid internship with Jur, as well as other token incentives.

Overseeing this noteworthy testing process is Dr. Pietro Ortolani, Assistant Professor of Private Law at the University, alongside the supervision of Professor Janssen, which is appointed as a member of Jur’s Scientific Commitee.

Pietro specializes in international arbitration and transnational dispute resolution. He graduated with a law degree from the University of Pisa, and holds a Ph.D. in arbitration from LUISS Guido Carli University in Rome. He will be present throughout the entire process, to provide expert guidance as both a teacher and course manager.

The Radboud team will work closely with Jur’s Legal Engineer Luigi Cantisani, which will officially lead the direction of the Lab for New Justice from Jur’s team.

In Cantisani’s words,

“The Lab for New Justice is an initiative open to undergraduate and post-graduate students to bring the Jur Beta Platform into university classrooms. Thanks to this project, the university world has the opportunity to grow by touching with its own hands a platform for the creation of smart legal agreements and ODR. On the other side, Jur and the Platform have the opportunity to grow as well, thanks to the tests carried out in the classroom and the final reports written by participants”

Jur’s legal engineer summarized it nicely by describing it as “Students, lecturers, lawyers, computer scientists and entrepreneurs united to innovate justice and the legal tech sector.”

Also participating is Jur’s newest team member, Michele D’Asaro. Michele was originally trained as a physicist, before going to drift his interests towards complex systems and machine learning, obtaining a research masters in Computational Neuroscience. Now focusing his efforts on the interface of Philosophy, Science and Technology, he will support the Lab for New Justice from an academic and research perspective.

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With applications open, the Lab for New Justice has procured a classroom and has begun finalizing the calendar of meetings with Radboud University. A conference call was just completed on October 21 to test the equipment and ensure that everything is functioning correctly. Jur is also completing upgrades to their website landing page to reflect the exciting progress.

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Jur and the Lab for New Justice are extremely pleased with the progress to date. As we push the boundaries of what blockchain and LegalTech can accomplish, we are extremely grateful to have proficient leadership from experts such as Pietro, Michele, Luigi, and the Faculty of Law at Radboud University.

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