DUBAI, United Arab Emirates — An assembly of experts in law, technology, business and academia gathered in Dubai to address the rapidly changing technological landscape in the legal industry and help lawmakers, business executives and entrepreneurs better understand and navigate this terrain.
The Courts of the Future Forum, held November 12, was organized by the Dubai International Financial Centre (DIFC) Courts and the Dubai Future Foundation as a way to better guide lawyers, businesses and entrepreneurs through the legal implications of such disruptive technologies as autonomous vehicles, blockchain technology, artificial intelligences and cybersecurity, organizers said.
The Forum also began the process of crafting a set of rules to address globally connected commercial courts in the future. The initiative — called Part 40,000: Founding Principles — allows anyone anywhere who has an interest in commercial law to participate in crafting these rules through an open source platform until January 15, 2018.
Two new videos from the Forum delve further into what tomorrow’s courts and businesses will look like and how they will interact with each other in the future; and how the city of Dubai is quickly becoming the global focal point for business and legal innovation in the region.
In the first video, Mark Beer, the Chief Executive and Registrar General of the DIFC Courts talks about the importance of the Forum’s deep examination of how courts must evolve in the future in order to be more responsive to the changing demands of business and technology. “We want to understand what business of the future will be like and what disputes of the future will be like, and how courts from around the world will come together to solve this,” Beer says.
In the second video, Dr. Noah Raford, Futurist in Chief at the Dubai Future Foundation, talks further about how Dubai plans to position itself as “a city that is creating the future”
In a statement about the Forum, His Excellency Abdulla bin Touq, Acting CEO of the Dubai Future Foundation, said that “Dubai is becoming a global test bed for emerging technologies. It is essential that we also begin to test the regulatory frameworks and protections that will help these technologies, and the companies developing them, succeed.”
You can contribute to Part 40,000 open source global consultation here.
You can find more information on the Courts of the Future Forum here.