Future Law Lab

Future Law Laboratory was established as an undergraduate research project for law students by the VMU Faculty of Law lecturer and Vice-Dean for Digitization dr. Paulius Astromskis.

Future Law Laboratory (or Future Law Lab) is an interdisciplinary undergraduate research project, started in 2016 at the Faculty of Law, Vytautas Magnus University. From 2016 October to this date the Future Law Lab has had 5 workshops, more than 40 group and individual meetings with students, more than 20 public presentations, public speeches and discussions have been carried out involving social partners, and 1 student conference has been organized.

Future Law Lab has been launched to build a community of students, social partners and mentors, who are curious of how we should shape legal framework and business of law, in order to achieve the most efficient reconciliation of law and technology. This experimental undergraduate research platform enabled us to access the students, social partners and administration for qualitative data collection, and experiment on various aspects of research and development management. In other words, Future Law Lab aims at promoting the development of competences and qualifications possessed by scientists, researchers and students in a highly relevant field of technology law, and experiment on the challenges of legal technologies.

Main aim of the Lab is to solve the problem of how to regulate the development of technologies and use them to increase the welfare of society without violating its fundamental values. In order to achieve it, Lab serves as a platform for creation of a network of students, researchers and scholars within the field of law and technologies to improve their qualification competences, as well as to promote the international exchange of scientific ideas through the implementation of interdisciplinary research of technology law and experimenting in the LegalTech field.

The issues raised in the Lab requires an interdisciplinary approach and relevant scientific competences. Therefore, Lab aims to form various interdisciplinary research groups, having frequent scientific events (discussions, workshops, conferences). Research groups are formed recruiting students, researchers and scientists who are working under the guidance of a researcher with highest scientific experience in the respective field. This allows developing a community (network) of scientists, researchers, students and other stakeholders.

In order to achieve the goals and find the solution to the scientific problems raised, the activities taking place in interdisciplinary groups of students, researchers and scientists, aims to carry out the following tasks:
1. To identify legal gaps and define theoretical provisions of technological development (in general) and in all levels of legal ontology (in specific) and prepare research methodology for this topic.
2. To substantiate the legal regulation guidelines of technology law that would increase the well-being of society without violating its fundamental values.
3. To prepare modules for the studies of technology law as well as the guidelines for qualification improvement.
4. To encourage international exchange of scientific ideas, researchers and students by forming a specialized network of students and researchers working with technology law.
5. To raise awareness about the possibilities of legal tech, provide critical insights into the digitalization of legal practices both nationally and globally.

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