• Day 1
  • Day 2
  • Alf Ross Auditorium
09:00 AM - 09:15 AMWelcome By Jacob Graff NielsenDean, Faculty of Law
09:15 AM - 10:00 AMKeynote: Law & Data-Driven Innovation By Deven DesaiProfessor at the Georgia Institute of Technology, Scheller College of Business

Recent legal changes such as the GDPR and California’s new law on data privacy raise a question: Why the reaction to practices that have yielded tremendous benefits to society? To help understand this change, this talk looks at the history of how law and data-driven innovation intersect. It then uses specific data innovation issues to examine why society has begun to place limits on these activities. The talk then turns to practices that can help make such limits viable.

10:00 AM - 11:00 AMPanel Discussion: Predictive Analytics v. Integrity & Trust in Legal Decision-Making By Henrik PalmerRaphaelle Xenidis / Søren Stig Andersen / Masha Medvedeva / Daniel Hartfield

Panel Discussion, moderated by Henrik Palmer, Associate Dean of Research, Faculty of Law, University of Copenhagen :

Raphaelle Xenidis, Ph.D. Researcher at European University Institute, Law Department

Søren Stig Andersen, Chief Consultant at the Danish Environmental Protection Agency

Masha Medvedeva, PhD-candidate at the University of Groningen

Daniel Hartfield, Legal Tech Denmark

11:20 AM - 12:20 PMPanel Discussion: Legal Education in Times of Technology: Experimentation & Innovation By Karina Kim Egholm ElgaardAlice Armitage / Erik Vermeulen / Kristian Lauta / Beata Maihaniemi

Panel Discussion, moderated by Karina Kim Egholm Elgaard, Associate Professor in Tax and VAT law at University of Copenhagen, Faculty of Law:

Alice Armitage, Professor and the Director of Applied Innovation at UC Hastings Law School

Erik Vermeulen, Professor of Business & Financial Law at Tilburg University, Senior Legal Counsel at Signify, and Innovation Advisor

Kristian Lauta, Associate Dean for Education at the Faculty of Law, University of Copenhagen

Beata Maihaniemi, Postdoctoral researcher in law and digitalisation at University of Helsinki Legal Tech Lab

12:00 PM - 01:00 PMLunch
01:15 PM - 02:15 PMResearch TeX Talks By Jorge Gabriel Jiménez / Helen Yu / Katharina Ó Cathaoir / Ditte Wiesener Rust

4 talks x 15 min: Technology and Law Projects:

A Data Commons for Law

By Jorge Gabriel Jiménez, Fellow of the Legal Design Lab at Stanford University.

Despite the tremendous technological advancement in other sectors, the legal world lags behind. This lag is attributable in part to legal culture and professional regulations, but also because of the lack of open access to data. How might we harness available data from legal aid organizations, courts, legal technology companies, and others to enable research and development that promotes access to justice? We propose to build a “Legal Data Commons” to achieve that goal.

EU Medical Devices Regulation – Technology vs Doctor

By Helen Yu, Assistant Professor and Associate Director of the Center for Advanced Studies in Biomedical Innovation Law (CeBIL) at the University of Copenhagen, Faculty of Law.

While healthcare providers are looking to digital health technologies to reduce costs and improve patient outcomes, there is evidence that these very same technologies are increasingly being used by the public to make personal medical decision in a manner that creates more burden on the healthcare system.  For example, pharmaceuticals, which are highly regulated, are potentially being used by the public based on information derived from digital health technologies, which are not as well regulated, without consulting a medical professional.  To ensure the safety and efficacy of health technologies, a combination of real-life data and coherent legal principles can be used to inform responsible regulatory and policy decisions. 

Legal Uncertainty in Personalised Medicine

By Katharina Ó Cathaoir, assistant professor in health law at the Faculty of Law, University of Copenhagen .

In 2016, the Danish government launched an ambitious plan for increased use of genetic data (as well as big data) in healthcare to improve the lives of patients. This presentation introduces the legal framework governing genetic data and highlights several uncertainties, such as healthcare workers’ responsibilities to return incidental findings and discretion to communicate critical findings to genetic relatives. Drawing on relational autonomy, it reflects on whether an innovative approach is required that recognises the interconnected nature of the modern patient. This research forms part of a five-year interdisciplinary project based at the Department of Public Health, MeinWe (

The Legal Challenges Arising from the Launch of Autonomous Ships

By Ditte Wiesener Rust, PhD Fellow at the Faculty of Law, University of Copenhagen

The introduction of autonomous ships is expected to revolutionize the shipping industry and to facilitate significant improvements for safety at sea and environmental impact. However, in order for the industry to initiate the use of autonomous ships, a comprehensive review of the existing maritime legal framework is necessary as the present maritime conventions are all based on the assumption that every vessel has a crew. Thus, the required update of the legal framework might turn out to be a bottleneck for the launch of autonomous ships. The talk will focus on the challenges arising from a private law perspective.

02:15 PM - 03:00 PMKeynote: What lies ahead in the future of work – thinking beyond mass automation By Fabian Wallace-StephenResearcher at The RSA (Royal Society for the encouragement of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce)

The RSA has formulated several scenarios for how the labour market might evolve up to 2035, with a view to encouraging those in positions of power to prepare for multiple eventualities. Be government departments, CEOs in the largest companies, or leaders of educational institutions, our intention was to show to them that there are more possibilities than a future of mass automation, and therefore a wider range of policy and practice interventions to consider than ‘taxing’ robots or establishing a Universal Basic Income. 

The Empathy Economy: what if technology makes emotional work more important?  

The Precision Economy: what if sensors flood the economy and workers become subject to a new level of algorithmic oversight?

The Big Tech Economy: what if technology develops at a rapid pace and leads to widespread automation?The Exodus Economy: what if another economic recession causes technological progress to stall?

03:30 PM - 04:30 PMPanel Discussion: Technology for & by Government By Henrik UdsenKiann Stenkjær Hein / Merethe Eckhardt / Catrine Søndergaard Byrne / Michael Bjerg Hansen

Panel Discussion, moderated by Henrik Udsen, Professor at Faculty of Law, University of Copenhagen :

Kiann Stenkjær Hein, Managing Director of PUBLIC Danmark

Merethe Eckhardt, Director of Development, Danish Court Administration

Catrine Søndergaard Byrne, Co-founder of the think-do-tank

Michael Bjerg Hansen, Co-CEO and co-founder of Green Meadow

04:30 PM - 05:15 PMKeynote: Can Connected Data Build Trust By Emil EifremCEO & Co-Founder, Neo4j

Historically, we have assumed that advancements in technology and our ability to analyze data will help increase our societal understanding and naturally strengthen our connections to people, institutions, and communities.  More recently, however, we have seen the darker side of technological advancement, including data and social media used in ways that undermine trust amongst our citizens and faith in our institutions. This session will include real world examples of how connected data can help address these challenges to expose corruption as well as restore and preserve our trust in the world around us.

  • Alf Ross Auditorium
08:30 AM - 08:45 AMStart of the day
08:45 AM - 09:00 AMWelcome By Alexandra AndhovLawyer, Assistant Professor at University of Copenhagen
09:00 AM - 04:15 PMExpo with Tech Providers & Law Firms
09:00 AM - 10:00 AMPanel Discussion: What can Law Firms Learn from Start Ups? By Nicholas HawtinUlf Lindén / Sophie Martinetz / Paw Fruerlund / Mikkel Brun Naesager /Nils-Erik Jansson

Panel Discussion, moderated by Nicholas Hawtin, CEO Nordic Legal Tech

Ulf Lindén, Founder and COO at LegalWorks Nordic

Sophie Martinetz, Founder Future-Law

Paw Fruerlund, Lawyer at Kammeradvokaten

Mikkel Brun Naesager, CEO, Co-founder of Kostner Group

Nils-Erik Jansson, CEO Precisely

10:00 AM - 11:00 AMPanel Discussion: Who Decides what Data Ethics is in the Public Sector? By Hanne Marie MotzfeldtCatrine Søndergaard Byrne / Thomas Høgenhaven / Niels Fenger / Lisbeth Bech Poulsen

Panel Discussion, moderated by Hanne Marie Motzfeldt, Associate Professor, Faculty of Law, University of Copenhagen:

Catrine Søndergaard Byrne, Co-founder of the think-do-tank

Thomas Høgenhaven, Entrepreneur, impact investor and Vice Chairman of TechDK Kommissionen 

Niels Fenger, Judge in the Eastern Court of Appeal and professor in administrative law

Lisbeth Bech Poulsen, Member of the Danish Parliament (Folketing) for Socialist People’s Party (SF)

11:30 AM - 12:30 PMPanel Discussion: Blockchain Consortia: Building Trust across Industries By Alexandra AndhovRoss Barbash / Nikolai Søndergaard / Matthieu Gueissaz / Oleg Stratiev

Panel Discussion, moderated by Alexandra Andhov, Lawyer, Assistant Professor at University of Copenhagen:

Ross Barbash, Founder and Head of Atrium Fintech & Blockchain

Nikolai Søndergaard, Blockchain Expert & Speaker|Nordic Blockchain Association Co-Founder

Matthieu Gueissaz, Director of the legal department of Blockchain Valley Ventures

Oleg Stratiev, M&A Lawyer at Fasken, Canada

12:30 PM - 01:30 PMStart-up presentations


Henrik Palmer Olsen, Associate Dean of Research, Faculty of Law, University of Copenhagen

Oliver Fjellvang, Business Development Consultant at Kammeradvokaten/Lawfirm Poul Schmith

Ulrikke W. Krogbeck, Head of Strategy & Projects at Danske Advokater

Pernille Korzon Dünweber, Head of Customer Experience at Cloudeon

01:30 PM - 02:30 PMPanel Discussion: Novel Business Models for Law Firms By Helen YuNiels Gade-Jacobsen / Chris Hingee / Ross Barbash / Merete Nygaard

Panel Discussion, Moderated by Helen Yu, Assistant Professor and Associate Director of the Center for Advanced Studies in Biomedical Innovation Law (CeBIL) at the University of Copenhagen, Faculty of Law:

Niels Gade-Jacobsen, Partner at Njord Law Firm

Chris Hingee, Senior Legal & Compliance Officer at

Ross Barbash, Founder and Head of Atrium Fintech & Blockchain

Merete Nygaard, CEO & Founder at Lawbotics

03:00 PM - 04:00 PMWorkshops: Cybersecurity // Towards a Legal Understanding of Building Information Modelling // Creating a Community with Lawyers: Foe or Friend? By Luigi Bruno, Ole Hansen, Sylvie Cécile Cavaleri, Merete Nygaard, Jonas Grøn

Workshop – Cybersecurity

By Luigi Bruno, Senior Consultant Cyber Risk at Deloitte Switzerland

The workshop will feature a data breach incident simulation exercise. The simulation exercise will be interactive to provide participants with insights into the executive-level decision-making and communication strategies, which define the response to any cyber crisis.

Workshop – Towards a Legal Understanding of Building Information Modelling

By Ole Hansen and Sylvie Cécile Cavaleri

IT technology is increasingly applied to, among other activities, design, planning, carrying out and operation of built facilities. The opportunities for innovation and development of the relevant technologies are far from fully exploited at the current stage. Building Information Modelling is generally understood as a combination of a technology, consisting of the digital representation of the physical and functional characteristics of a facility, and a way of working implying increased knowledge-sharing and collaboration between the parties to a construction contract. The presentation will explore the main legal issues raised by the use of BIM in the construction industry.

Workshop – Creating a Community with Lawyers: Foe or Friend?

By Merete Nygaard and Jonas Grøn

From Silicon Valley’s IT-companies or Boston’s cluster of pharma-industry to the robotic cluster in Odense, Denmark – or the very specialized Oslo Cancer Cluster – strong communities have always been at the core of accelerating innovation, especially if we want to be in the driver’s seat.  But what does community look like, when we move into a world of law-firms and legal services?  This workshop will present examples of community-building both within Legal Tech in the Nordics and from completely different fields. Together we’ll explore what community-building can do and what it takes to make it a driving force for legal tech in the Nordics.

04:15 PM - 05:00 PMReception & networking