About the Laboratory
Jurisprudence has been almost unaffected by technology for a long time. That’s why the development of the legal technology industry (Legal Tech), which has happened recently, is a result of this belated informatization of Law. Nowadays technology has finally penetrated into jurisprudence. It is not just a tool. Technology is also used for decision-making, risk assessment and the creation of a meaningful product with minimal human participation. There is still a strong opinion that the influence of information technology on Law is overestimated. On the contrary, Richard Susskind has aptly noted, that «it is unthinkable to believe that technologies, that have changed every side of our economy and our society, will somehow miraculously bypass Law».
The new technologies simplify and automate the work of a Lawyer. Besides that, information services provide Lawyers with fundamentally new opportunities. They allow Lawyers to solve tasks, which were not even set before them previously. Thus, the informatization of the legal profession requires the integration of technologies into training and legal practice. It also requires treating Law in a new way, that is, in a way that Lawyers did not do before; changing the principles of their work. These principles and approaches of the new Law should be worked out and formalized.
The Laboratory will conduct training projects aimed at the analysis of the functionality of international and domestic applied information systems and technologies. It will also train students to fulfill the research of consumers of such services, the satisfaction of such needs by existing solutions, to assess and forecast the changes in such needs.
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