Tech Law Clinic
Our Tech Law Clinic is a part of an Erasmus+ project, Future Tech Law Clinics.
Five universities from four countries (Lyon Catholic University (Lead Partner), Radboud University, the University of Eastern Piedmont, the University of Łódź, Jagiellonian University) strive to develop the competences of law students in the field of new technologies, at the same time familiarising STEM students with the legal aspects of technological advancement.
All five universities follow a similar path, combining lectures, workshops, meetings with experts, elements of research and moot courts. A joint event, planned for Spring 2020, has been cancelled due to the pandemic.
Each edition of Tech Law Clinic is one year long. The members of the working groups are selected in a recruitment process, consisting of a test of linguistic competences (consecutive written translation) and an interview. A good working knowledge of Legal English and a passed civil law exam are formal requirements.
The main theme of the 2019/2020 edition was the question of autonomous vehicles (especially cars and buses) and discrimination by artificial intelligence. The problems outlined in a case study were supplemented by the Polish legal context and expanded upon in the scientific essays prepared by the students. The participants had also a possibility to put themselves in shoes of applicants, respondents, judges, ombudspeople and experts in a case based on the case study.
The lectures and workshops highligted a number of vital practical issues, such as personalization of consumer contracts, smart contracts and autonomous vehicles, as well as legal implications of blockchain / DLT use.
The project is coordinated by Prof. Piotr Tereszkiewicz.
Information regarding the 2020/2021 edition will be published in the beginning of the new academic year.