First of all, thanks for visiting my website. I’m Rens Jansen, a law and data science student from the Netherlands.
I’m currently employed as a legal data analyst at a Dutch legal tech company called LexIQ and I’ve developed a peaked interest for legal tech and access to justice. These specific interests naturally arose from a more general interest for politics, governance and law combined combined with technology, innovation and (social) entrepreneurship.
David B. Wilkins, professor of law at Harvard, suggested at the Lexpo 2017 congress that little of what he teaches his students is still really relevant for the legal market and hence, regarding the legal market, universities shouldn’t be trusted as a source of innovation. In my opinion, proper legal education remains indispensable. Therefore I entrust myself to stimulate innovation amongst fellow (law) students by promoting open-mindedness regarding innovation and problem-solving, obtaining multidisciplinary skillsets through (self-)education and obtaining a clear perspective on contemporary social, economic and environmental challenges.
Currently, I’m working towards obtaining a multidisciplinary skillset myself through (self-)education in the fields of (technology) law, data science and business (management). Through this effort I hope to establish a successful connection to the legal market of tomorrow.
If you share my interests or if you see added value for each other’s network, then a connection request is more than welcome! For further contact or a copy of my resume, you can always send a LinkedIn message or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
This website is aimed at providing the latest news and interesting content regarding innovation in the legal industry and, more specific, technological products and services focused on the legal industry (also known as ‘legal tech’). The target audience ranges from experienced (legal) professionals to (law) students and other visitors with a shared interest for the aforementioned topics.
An increasing wave of technological developments is the driving force for change within the legal market. I don’t consider this climate as threatening, but view it as an opportunity to create value instead. The combination of machine learning and an abundance of legal data, amongst others, offers opportunities to create new value. In my opinion, platform technology and open source initiatives can contribute greatly to this. These opportunities, however, are not without risks. Therefore I emphasize the necessity of both thorough research and public debate regarding the challenges, such as privacy and the role of algorithms in (the rule of) law, which these developments entail.
At the Legal+ 2017 congress Peter Davies, legal solutions specialist at Thomson Reuters, stated that the Chinese legal market is exceptionally receptive to legal tech. During that same year China published its “Next Generation Artificial Intelligence Development Plan” which declared China’s pioneering aim to become the industry leader in the field of artificial intelligence by 2030. At that time many, including myself, were expecting that the global legal market would wait for Chinese innovations to really drive modernization of the legal market.
However, in recent years a globally flourishing and open market has developed for legal tech with funding increasing steadily and the amount of companies growing by the month. Although (some) major players in the legal market seem a bit slow in adopting new(ish) legal tech, there’s a clear shift going on which reassures me that many will soon reap the benefits of legal tech.
I came up with the name for this website, ‘IusTech’, by combining the latin word for law ‘ius’ with the abbreviation for technology ‘tech’. The latin word ius can be described in three notions, being:
- Law as a set of compulsory rules (ius est norma agendi, “law is a rule of conduct”), oterwise called objective or positive law (Mackeldey & Dropsie 1883, p. 1);
- Law as a set of possibilities to act (ius est facultas agendi, “law is a license to act”), otherwise called subjective law, or duties (Mackeldey & Dropsie 1883, p. 1);
- Law as what is good (aequum et bonum, “the just and the fair”), otherwise called justice (Berger 1953, pp. 525-526).