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Legal Design Brunch @ Hasso Plattner Institute

Updated: Jun 6, 2019

Bringing Legal Innovation to the next level? Why not?

On 18th of May we hosted the first of its kind: Legal Design Brunch @ the Hasso Plattner Institute in Potsdam for MLTech, the Legal Tech student association of the Ludwig Maximilian University (Munich).

In a casual atmosphere the team of This is Legal Design facilitated a workshop on Legal Innovation, in which the students learned about a new innovation model called MEDGI.

This new approach, MEDGI, is based on the idea that “all design is re-design”. This means that we never start from scratch but rather need to find a way to work with existing factors and create new meaning to the changes. Redesign starts with mapping the existing status quo and evaluating the existing factors. That status-quo is being disrupted and brought back in the form of a new design. MEDGI was created by the Research 2 Impact group led by Dr. Jonathan Edelman. This project is part of the HPI-Stanford Design Thinking Research Program which our co-founder Joaquin Santuber is part of. Due to it’s combination of analytical and creative nature, MEDGI is especially suitable to drive innovation in the legal sector.

Joaquin giving the introduction to MEDGI

In this workshop we focused on redesigning contracts. Following the motto of the day: “All design is re-design”, MLTech members started to work from a classic NDA (non disclosure agreement). Following the MEDGI, the students generated a wide range of creative ideas on how to improve pain points of the contract, while keeping the favored ones.

Needless to say that even an allegedly boring activity like redesigning contracts becomes a fun thing to do when combined with actionable exercises and a comfortable environment.

We are very much looking forward to seeing the students of MLTech again in Munich to bring new legal innovation models to the South.


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