What people are saying…

Patrick Prior

Founder Advotisement

Ich habe übrigens sehr viele internationale Leute kennengelernt und ich sehe die Swiss Legal Tech daher nicht als Schweizer Legal Tech Event, sondern viel mehr als einen Standort, der die Möglichkeit hat ein bedeutender jährlicher Treffpunkt gerade der internationalen Legal Tech Szene zu werden.

Marcel Hadorn


Ganz herzlichen Dank nochmals für die Organisation dieser einzigartigen Konferenz. In den zwei Tagen habt ihr eine ganz tolle Mischung von Präsentationen anbieten können, welche seinesgleichen sucht. Das hat mir und meiner Organisation KBB/BBL sehr viel gebracht. Ich freue mich schon aufs nächste Jahr!

Gerard Neiditsch


Ich gratuliere zu dieser spannenden und äusserst erfolgreichen Konferenz. Leider konnte ich nicht die ganze Zeit dabei sein, aber sowohl meine eigene Erfahrung, wie auch der Feedback von Freunden und Bekannten war ausgezeichnet. Ihr habt einen ganz tollen Event ins Leben gerufen.

Ioannis Martinis

lic. iur.

Without exaggerating, this was the best Legal (Tech) conference I have attended in recent years (and I have indeed attended many such events). Thank you for the excellent organization! I look forward to the conference next year.

Nico Figini

lic. iur.

Vor einer Woche waren wir noch am Anfang der Veranstaltung und zack, schon ist wieder eine Woche rum. Was bleibt ist neben den Kontakten, die wir knüpfen konnten, die Erinnerung an drei fantastische Tage. Vielen, vielen Dank für Euer Engagement, es war super!

Marc Bloch


We have to thank you! This was indeed an inspiring and very well-organized event with excellent speakers, good people around and good discussions. Thank you guys!

Markus Hartung

Bucerius Center

Das war eine echt gute Konferenz, die wirklich Maßstäbe gesetzt hat - große Klasse!

Nathalie Kühlmann

DASS Abogados

Ich hoffe, Ihr seid wohlauf und habt Euch von den Strapazen des Legal Tech Hackathons erholt. War wirklich ein grossartiger Anlass.

Matthias Leonhardt

Personal Sigma

Das war ein sehr, sehr guter Anlass. Der Anlass hat mich sehr inspiriert und mir auch sehr geholfen. Freue mich jetzt schon aufs nächste Jahr!

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The Legal Tech Event of 2018

Making Switzerland a Leading Digital Legal Tech Hub.
Connecting national and international pioneers in the Legal Tech area.


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.


On September 17th, the three day event begins with a 48h Legal Tech Hackathon, where lawyers and software developers jointly identify problems and develop solutions. Accompanied by legal engineers, lawyers with technical expertise, ideas will be generated in an open format and teams created around shared interests. A parallel full-day workshop track on September September 18th provides in-depth lectures and individual discussions in focus groups.


On September 18th, a full day Conference on Legal Tech follows . Renowned speakers with national and international backgrounds will have the opportunity to give their view on how the digital revolution will affect law and legal practice in the near and far future. The winners of the Hackathon will pitch their ideas and prototypes.

Key Technologies at the Swiss Legal Tech


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.

Law & AI

Advances in Machine Learning and Big Data influence law in many ways. From cost reduction in legal practice to questions such as legal personhood for machines.

Become part of a Community






Become part of the hacking.law 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.

Preliminary Event Schedule Conference and Workshops 2018

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

Petra Arends-Paltzer
Founder Swiss Legal Technology
Frank Gulitz
Head of European Operations at Infosys

Use in practice – Frank Gulitz (Head of European Operations at Infosys) 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 Scienctist Swiss Re

Contract Intelligence Program and the applications / solutions built for Swiss Re

Luis Ackermann
Co-founder Lex Ferenda
Kai Jacob
Global VP Legal Information Management SAP

Use within the legal department of SAP – why we need to rethink, and which joint efforts have to be taken.

Prof. Dr. Stephan Breidenbach
Director Legal Tech Center Viadrina University

Digitisation is changing the basic rules of social coexistence within a globally networked community. With ``Embedded Law`` Prof. Dr. Stephan Breidenbach answers the question of how rules in a world of increasing complexity and increasingly intransparent, algorithmically driven decision-making processes can digitally preserve social rules and value systems and even be positively - i.e. participatively - designed.

Sina Waldmeier
Inhouse Counsel SBB

Digital @ SBB – this is how Switzerlands railway company SBB gets their layers ready for digitalization. ‚Hands-On‘ experience about their steps in digitalization of their international legal department.

Dr. Andreas Lenk
Boehringer Ingelheim

Examplesfrom practical experience

Atty. Sebastian Schüssler
Senior Associate Rödl + Partner Hamburg

How will I incorporate legal tech into current processes? Hand-on Workshop with process analysis, strategy development and implementation based on an example of ‚Due Diligence‘

Christian Solmecke
Partner at WILDE BEUGER SOLMECKE Rechtsanwälte

Christian Solmecke runs the biggest legal You Tube channel within Europe – believe it or not 200‘000 + fans subscribed to his channel. He explains why digital marketing is the key for the successful lawyer in the future – and how easy digital marketing can be.

Ondra Materna
CEO Legito

In this workshop you will learn how to automate documents through the concept of ‚Rulemapping‘, how to apply conditions and the ease of use of automation of documents (Part 1 Beginners – part 2 in the afternoon builds on beginners course)

Wolters Kluwer

Contracts include liabilities and risks. The assessment and management of risks is crucial in order to make the best deals. Correctly administered contracts can indeed be a good protection against liability and risk. In this session best practice examples will show how risks can be managed more efficiently through digitalization.

Odunoluwa Longe
Cofounder and Lead Counsel at The Longe Practice LP; Cofounder at DIYlaw.ng

During this session, you will learn how three Nigerian female lawyers set up their business model to help companies in Nigeria build up their own digital business.

Florian Glatz
Founder Legal Tech Center & Blockchain Lawyer, Berlin

Keynote Florian Glatz – he works as lawyer, software developer and entrepreneur in Berlin and applies blockchain and legal tech strategies successfully. With his knowledge and experience, Florian helps start-ups and existing businesses to get a start with applied blockchain-technologies in a world full of legacy within the jurisdictional system.

Vinay Gupta
Founder Hexayurt Capital

Vinay Gopta, founder of Dubai’s blockchain strategy, presents 20 pilot blockchain applications that were launched in Dubai in the sector of transportation and infrastructure, energy, health and education.

Introduction of a successful ICO from the idea to the actual issue of tokens

Dr. Nils Krause
LL.M. (Durham)

A different approach to client work through Legal Tech – opportunities and limits in practice: this is how KIRA helps us with our day-to-day client work

Coop legal protection presents their IBM Watson project, benefits and limits in everyday use

Hanna Pakaslahti
Project Developer at Legal Tech Lab, University of Helsinki Legal Design Thinking

Why lawyers should and how they can use Legal Design

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

Which digital approach is used by public prosecution to trace cross border criminality within Europe?

Jury’s decisions in arbitration court – digital – without lawyers? Is that possible? Yes! In Estonia this is common procedure for quite some time. Will judges and lawyers soon be replaced in arbitral jurisdiction?

Legal Tech Hackathon

Switzerland’s first Legal Tech Hackathon brings together software developers, the digital revolution’s driving forces, and legal practitioners for the first time. Under the umbrella of “hacking.law” 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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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
Florian Glatz

Florian co-founded the Legal Tech Center, the Berlin Legal Tech Hackathon & Conference as well as the hacking.law 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

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 betterplace.org, 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

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Event Location

Limmatstrasse 118
8005 Zürich




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