The Legal Tech Event of 2018

After the great success in 2017, we are starting into the second round. Legal Tech will not let us go but has ‘come to stay’.


The Swiss Legal Tech 2018 is a three-day event, bringing together a community of legal professionals and digital innovators in order to discuss and develop the legal industry of the future.


The event starts on September 17th and kicks-off  with a 48-hour hackathon; lawyers and software developers identify problems together and search for solutions. They are accompanied by ‘legal engineers’, lawyers with a technical understanding. Ideas are developed together and implemented into functioning prototypes in individual teams.


On September 18th, Hackathon Workshops will be providing best practice examples -‘Hands-On’ is the motto. In ‘Best Practice’ workshops we show how to integrate legal tech into daily work or how artificial intelligence can be used in client work.


The one-day conference will finalize this year’s event on September 19th. This year, the focus is on ‘New business models in the area of access to justice’. Use of artificial intelligence in everyday legal work and on the topic of’ ’embedded law and compliance’.


Well-known speakers from Switzerland and abroad will give short presentations on how they believe the digital revolution will change the law and legal reality today and in the future. The winners of the Hackathon will present their ideas and prototypes to the audience of the conference.


Conference + Workshop
18.-19. September 2018
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This ticket includes:
More than 15 different 'Best Practices' workshops on 18.9.2018
Exclusive 2 hours ‘Blockchain Training for Lawyers’
Two-part course 'Automating Documents - Learning by Yourself'
Café + Croissant – Breaks - Lunch
Participation in the Hackathon Pitch
Participation in the Hackerparty
Participation in the all-day conference on 19.09.2018
Networking Apéro
Digital event documents
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19. September 2018
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This ticket includes:
Participation in the all-day conference on 19.09.2018
More than 20 Speakers and Highlights
Café + Croissant – Breaks - Lunch
Networking Apéro
Digital event documents
Student Ticket
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Conference only
Participation in the all-day conference on 19.09.2018
More than 20 Speakers and Highlights
Café + Croissant – Breaks - Lunch
Networking Apéro
Digital event documents
Hackathon Subscription
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2-Day Hackathon 17.-18.9.2018
Meet people from all backgrounds
Lawyers, Developers, Designers, Legal Engineers and more
Solve current legal tech problems together with curious legal practitioners and software developers and designers of digital products
Joint brainstorming
Prototype hacking

Key Technologies at the Swiss Legal Tech

New business

Approximately 60% of all people (B2B + B2C) do not ask for legal advice because they are afraid of the costs of a lawyer. These people are the target group of the most successful Legal Tech companies. What does this mean for the development of law in general and what can lawyers and lawyers learn from these companies?

Law & Compliance

Law and compliance will be integrated features of digitale services and products in the future. New technologies advance the digitalisation of the legal ecosystem at an increasing speed. Those who want to stay relevant tomorrow, have no other chance but to get a deep grasp of the possibilities – and limitations – of the technological foundations.

AI in everyday use

How can solutions based on artificial intelligence already be used in everyday legal work? If AI is used, do we accordingly assign responsibility for legal decisions to software agents? Can the agent be held responsible for his actions; will he be liable for the consequences of his actions? How is AI being used today and what can we expect in the near future?


Transactions of all kind will be executed on a globally shared trust infrastructure, giving rise to new levels of transparency and accountability. Blockchain technology is the most promising candidate technology yet to fulfill that vision


Legal Services will be industrialized and standardized: starting with specific contract types, ultimately every aspect of a lawyer’s day-to-day job will be touched by automation. Increasing complexity requires more qualified legal advice, leading to an increase in cost. Here, industrialization helps to reduce cost and lower the barrier to justice.

Become part of a Community






Become part of the Community at our two-day Hackathon. Connect with Lawyers, Software Developers, Designers, Digital Innovators and many other people interested in Legal Tech.


In organized brainstorming sessions,  we’ll cover topics as diverse as Document Automation, Knowledge Management, Templating, Use of artificial intelligence in daily law practice, Competitive advantages through the use of AI, Process Automation & Knowledge Architecture, Blockchain, Smart Contracts.


We will touch upon new digital business models and topics such as Legal Tech Start-Up Success Stories and Legal Design Thinking

2day Hackathon & Workshops

Full Day Conference

The Conference language will be English, workshops and break-out sessions in English, German and French.



The Swiss Legal Tech Conference brings together a community of legal professionals and technical experts in order to discuss and develop the legal industry of the future.


The legal services industry is currently entering a phase of deep transformation. The most basic tasks are automatized, simple services are commoditized, clients are empowered and professionals must increasingly focus on value-added services.


Similarly to other industries previously, legal services are being industrialized and standardized. Starting with simple contracts and services, ultimately every aspect of a lawyer’s day-to-day job will be touched by automation. Customers will benefit from a price drop and a better access to justice. But faced with increasing competition, lawyers will need to rethink their business model.

Conference 19.9.2018

A schedule at a glance is listed below. Check the preliminary program for this year's conference and learn about the speakers and sessions in store for legal tech enthusiasts.


Start of SWISS LEGAL TECH 2018 Conference

08:30 - 09:00h Admission + Café + Croissants

AI and Law

Frank Gulitz
Head of European Operations at Infosys

In this Keynote Frank Gulitz shows how „Legal AI“ helps to screen thousands of contracts within seconds – digitalization can take over certain aspects of legal work and thus support lawyers in their everyday jobs.

Kornelia Papp
Cognitive Data Scientist Swiss Re

In this presentation you learn how Augmented Intelligence and Cognitive Computing serves the Legal Profession Contract Intelligence Program and the applications / solutions Swiss Re is building.

Ioannis Martinis
Member of Management Coop Rechtsschutz

Ioannis Martinis reports on the pilot project in the area of Legal AI that Coop Rechtsschutz implemented together with IBM Watson - what is possible, where were the biggest disappointments and what is the common future of IBM Watson + Coop Rechtsschutz.

Industrial Legal Services

Kai Jacob
Global VP Legal Information Management SAP

Legal information management is the key to master the ever-growing business complexity. Truly “information-enabled” companies will have a huge strategic advantage!

Günther Dobrauz
Partner & Leader PwC Legal Switzerland

Kick-starting the legal world into the new area

Lawyer Bär Karrer

Experience, risks and open questions.

11:20 – 11:40h Coffee break

Digital and Criminal Law

Andreas May
Head of the central department for combating internet crimes for the Office of the Chief Public Prosecutor Frankfurt am Main

The Darknet. A 'place' on the Internet where the trade in illegal goods is flourishing. New technologies make it possible for buyers and sellers to remain as anonymous as possible. Prosecution is made more difficult. However, this is less due to a lack of penalties than to investigative activity. Andreas May reports on international law enforcement in the digital age.

12:30 – 13:45h LUNCH


Vinay Gupta
Founder at and Mattereum

The blockchain's enduring relevance is unlikely to be community-led central banking in the form of internet currencies like bitcoin. This Libertarian phase, while fascinating, mainly serves to raise a much broader question: how do we make b2b commerce in physical goods, intellectual property rights and services as universal, global and efficient as accessing information on the internet? We will discuss the specific legal approaches which can be taken to removing non-tariff barriers to global trade, and present solutions to some of the thorny problems on the way to a global blockchain trade solution.

Toni Carradonna
CTO and Chief Innovation Manager Porini Foundation

Business Process Mapping (BPM) with SustainabilityChain and Porini Foundation, examples of Blockchain implementations working towards the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals with WWF, IUCN (famous for UNESCO) and CITES

RA Florian Glatz
Swiss Legal Tech, Legal Tech Center, German Blockchain Association

15.15 – 15:45h Coffee break

New digital Business Models

Gibran Freitas
Co-Founder Legal Tech Africa
Laura Snyder
Founder, Lexentry and Doctoral Researcher, University of Westminster

British Telecom draws upon the expertise and resources of its in-house legal department to provide legal and claims handling services to external clients, most notably in the area of motor claims. In this manner BT has turned its in-house legal department from a cost-center to a profit-center!``

Host: Gibran Freitas - Legal Tech France

Laura Snyder - Lexentry University of Westminster
Micha-Manuel Bues - MD Leverton; Gründer & COO RYTER GmbH
Markus Hartung - Director Bucerius Center on the Legal Profession

17:15– 18:00 Networking and Drinks - END OF THE EVENT

Workshops: 18.9.2018

Check out the program for this year's workshops and learn about our hands-on sessions.

Workshops 18.09. AUDITORIUM

CEO Legito

In this workshop you will learn how the process of document automation was implemented at Legito.

Dr. Steffen Bunnenberg
Founder and CEO of LAWLIFT GmbH

Get a glimpse of how LAWLIFT implemented their document automation and 'condition' their contracts.

10:40 – 11:10h Coffee break

Harm Bavinck
Managing Director Effacts Software at Wolters Kluwer

The latest buzzword in the corporate legal market is 'legal operations',
which refers to all the activities that optimize the delivery of the
services by an in-house legal department. Both the Association of Corporate
Counsel and the Corporate Legal Operation Consortium offer their members
best practices on how to run your legal operations.

Legal operations enables the legal department to focus on high-value
strategic work and to use resources cost-effectively.

Sina Waldmeier
Digitalization Legal & Compliance SBB

How do large companies implement Legal Tech - what is already being implemented today and what works in practice?

12:45 – 13:40h LUNCH


RA Christian Solmecke
Partner at WILDE BEUGER SOLMECKE Rechtsanwälte

With almost 210,000 followers, media lawyer Christian Solmecke has established the largest Legal You Tube channel in Europe - in his workshop he shows how lawyers can successfully use social media for client acquisition.

Jan Ginhold

'' is a shock for German fine authorities. Jan Ginhold tells how to build a successful legal tech company and win new customers with service and targeted marketing.

15:10 – 15:40h Coffee break

Vinay Gupta (Founder at and #Mattereum) and Christopher Wray

Vinay Gupta (Founder at and #Mattereum) and Christopher Wray

Workshops SIHLPOST room 126

Andreas Glarner
Partner at MME Legal

Proponents of the distributed ledger technology known as blockchain consider it to be one of the best ways to secure transactions. Blockchain makes it difficult to tamper with a single record because a hacker would need to change the block containing that record as well as those linked to it to avoid detection. This alone might not seem like much of a deterrence, but blockchain has some other inherent characteristics that provide additional means of security.
RA Patrick Odermatt | Manfred Jäckel

RA Florian Glatz
Swiss Legal Tech, Legal Tech Center, German Blockchain Association

Introduction of the Blockchain Lawyer Network and its abilities for training and receiving certification for law firms and freelance lawyers alike, interested to become active in the blockchain space.

Jörn Erbguth
Legal Tech Consultant in the area of blockchain, smart contracts and data protection (DSGVO) with diploma in law and computer science

Blockchain never forgets. Data protection, on the other hand, gives those concerned a right to correction and to oblivion. Can this be reconciled? Hash values, homomorphic encryption and zero knowledge proofs are powerful tools with which - if used correctly - even exemplary data economy can be achieved.

17:30 BUS TRANSFER to Hackathon Presentation

18:00 – 20:00h

20:00 – 22:00h Hacker Party

Legal Tech Hackathon

Switzerland’s one and only Legal Tech Hackathon brings together software developers, the digital revolution’s driving forces, and legal practitioners for the first time. Under the umbrella of “” we promote a long overdue dialogue between these two groups.

Any productive dialogue starts with a common language. Its development  is the core goal of the event. For two days, the event aims at building bridges in the form of different formats and with the help of Legal Engineers, legal practitioners with technical expertise.

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Legal practitioners, lawyers, students

Legal consulting is on the verge of fundamental change. With some delay, law is hit by digitization, bringing about deep change. Meanwhile legal education is not keen on change and innovation. There is much as it is because it has always been no different.

The Legal Tech Hackathon aims at changing this. We invite legal practitioners, lawyers and students to dive in the world of digital innovation for two days. Technical background knowledge is thereby not a requirement at all; in fact, legal practitioners can make a significant contribution by means of their legal expertise to create innovative Legal Tech products and services.

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Legal Engineers

Legal Engineers are legal practitioners who already have a profound technical understanding. They have understood to – mainly autodidactically – gain valuable knowledge of how digital technologies can be used. Their knowledge is meant to be shared, commonly expanded and sharpened.

During the two-days Legal Tech Hackathon, they will translate and bridge the gap between curious legal practitioners on the one hand, and software developers and designers of digital products on the other hand. Thereby, they serve as a role model for the future legal practitioner.

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Software developers and designers

Software developers and designers are the driving forces behind our society’s digital transformation. They are the architects of tomorrow’s society. The overall social responsibility is a heavy load to carry on their shoulders. In this respect, legal practitioners, having been responsible for society in a whole for centuries already, therefore are crucial stakeholders to provide valuable input and assistance.

A humane digital future can only be built together. We invite software developers, designers and digital entrepreneurs to open up for a dialogue.

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Hackathon Building Blocks

Idea hacking

Stage 1: joint brainstorming

Everything starts with an idea: What is part of legal practitioners’ everyday professional life which can be simplified, accelerated or even eliminated? How can work processes be improved? And in general: how can legal advice and legal practice be rethought? Think creatively, think big, every idea counts! In this respect, legal practitioners can provide valuable input, ideas, for instance, in the field of contracts (templates, analysis, execution, etc.), document and IP management as well as CRM tools for legal practitioners.

Stage 2: organization of ideas

In this stage, ideas and technological possibilities are put together – how can ideas be matched with the innovation drivers blockchain, industrialization and artificial intelligence?

Stage 3: team building

The participants form teams in accordance with personal interests. There are no specifications in respect of the composition of the team. Every team will be supported by the present legal engineers.

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Prototype hacking

The teams implement their ideas by starting to hack. The goal may be, but not necessarily, to develop a functional prototype. As a competition entry, it is also possible to theoretically elaborate an exciting idea. Legal engineers help legal practitioners to be productive in the teams, to contribute to the implementation of the idea and to fulfill original legal tasks within the team.

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Workshops for legal practitioners

By participating at the Legal Tech Hackathon, legal practitioners have already overcome the first hurdles on the way to tomorrow’s legal consulting. The workshops are meant to allay remaining reservations and fears concerning Legal Tech, to ignite curiosity and, last but not least, to provide basic knowledge.

There will be workshops on basis of software programming and algorithmic thinking, on blockchain and machine learning as well as on document automation tools.

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Competition of ideas

The teams have the chance to win attractive prizes. The expert jury chooses the three best competition entries i. a. by level of creativity, innovation, practicability, social impact, etc. The three winning teams will have the possibility to present their competition entries at the Legal Tech Conference, 10th February 2017, in front of an audience of experts and professionals.

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The Swiss Legal Tech is organized and advised by a capable team of experts and thought leaders from across the field.

Petra Arends-Paltzer
Lawyer, Digital Marketing Expert

Petra is an experienced banker and lawyer (Universities Bonn, Lausanne, Würzburg & Berlin - PhD FU Berlin) and has specialised in developing international online business campaigns for both of these service industries. For the past two years, she has researched comprehensively the challenges of digitalisation and advises several entrepreneurs on the interactive strategies that are available to digitally market their services. In cooperation with leading LegalTech companies she offers a comprehensive service to law firms and asset managers to implement new digital technologies and strategies.

Petra Arends-Paltzer
Lawyer, Digital Marketing Expert
Daniella Domokos
Hackathon Coordinator

Daniella is not only enthusiastic about justice - her heart beats for technology, mechanics and digitization. In her blog she regularly writes about her experiences in these areas. Who better to coordinate the Hachathon, which is about the connections of all these topics?

Daniella Domokos
Hackathon Coordinator
Florian Glatz

Florian co-founded the Legal Tech Center, the Berlin Legal Tech Hackathon & Conference as well as the Community. Besides that, he is a Berlin-based lawyer, software developer and entrepreneur, working in the blockchain and legal technology space for many years. In that capacity, Florian helps startups and corporations navigate the uncharted waters of applied blockchain technology in a world of legacy legal systems.

Florian Glatz
Marie Eckert
Event coordinator

Marie's thirst for knowledge in the legal field is still enourmous - but technically she doesn't have to hide with her background in banking IT either. With her international experience in the hotel business and in event management, she ensures the smooth running of the event.

Marie Eckert
Event coordinator

Advisory Board

The Swiss Legal Tech is organized and advised by a capable team of experts and thought leaders from across the field.

Primavera de Filippi
Researcher at CERSA, CNRS and Berkman Center, Harvard

Primavera is a permanent researcher at the National Center of Scientific Research (CNRS) in Paris, a faculty associate at the Berkman Center for Internet & Society at Harvard Law School and Founder of the Coalition Of Automated Legal Applications (COALA). Most of Primavera's research focuses on the legal challenges raised, and faced by emergent decentralized technologies —such as Bitcoin, Ethereum and other blockchain-based applications —and how these technologies could be used to design new governance models capable of supporting large-scale decentralized collaboration and more participatory decision-making.

Primavera de Filippi
Researcher at CERSA, CNRS and Berkman Center, Harvard
Stephan Breidenbach
Co-Founder Legal Tech Center, Law Professor

Stephan Breidenbach is a law professor at the European University Viadrina Frankfurt (Oder), a mediator and an entrepreneur.

Stephan co-founded, knowledgeTools International GmbH and Blue Economy Solutions.

Stephan Breidenbach
Co-Founder Legal Tech Center, Law Professor
Markus Hartung
Director of the Bucerius Center on the Legal Profession

Markus Hartung - a lawyer and mediator - is director of the Bucerius Center on the Legal Profession (CLP) at Bucerius Law School. His research at CLP revolves around market developments and trends, management, strategic leadership and Corporate Governance, as well as new business models enabled through Legal Tech.

Markus Hartung
Director of the Bucerius Center on the Legal Profession

Contact & Event Location

Here, you can find directions to the conference venue. More space to meet and network!

Event Location

Swiss National Museum
Museumstrasse 2
8021 Zürich


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