Does legal information have to be easy to understand as well as correct? More and more people are starting to think so. Now that legislation is accessible online, citizens expect to be able to understand their rights and obligations. And in the world of contracts, the primary audience is increasingly seen as the parties who need to work together, rather than the court they might resort to, should they end up in dispute.Many lawyers have long recognised the role of plain English, but this event reports on developments that go further, using visualisation and design thinking to make legal documents and websites more usable and comprehensible. Our speakers will show how legal information can be more effectively designed in the contexts of legislation and business contracts. And we will hear about the new Legal Information Design network and a new award scheme for business contracts.
Speakers (provisional titles)
Carol Tullo, The National Archive, on the usability of online legislation.
Hayley Rogers, Office of the Parliamentary Counsel, on the Good Law initiative.
Rob Waller, the Simplification Centre: Layered formats for legal information.
Helena Haapio (University of Vaasa, Finland) and Stefania Passera (Aalto University, Helsinki): Visualisation in commercial contracts.
Tobias Mahler, Norwegian Research Center for Computers and Law: Codifying the visualisation of legal norms.
Olivia Zarcate, Imagidroit, Paris: introduction to the newly launched Legal Information Design network.
Tim Cummins, President and CEO, International Association for Contract and Commercial Management: introduction to the new IACCM Contract Design Award Programme.
Daphne Perry, UK representative for Clarity: introduction to Clarity.
The afternoon is organized by the Simplification Centre, in partnership with the Information Design Association and Clarity.
It follows Information Design Matters, the 2014 conference of the Information Design Association, which is 7-8 April.
Twitter users: the hashtag is #ClearLegalInfo