Main Stage Synopsis

1000 – 1130 GMT+8
12:00 AEST | 06:00 GST | 04:00 CEST | 22:00 ET
Leaders Fireside Chat: Skills at Scale and the Legal Function

Synopsis:
As modern businesses scale in size and complexity at an unprecedented pace, the legal function must align its response with the needs of the business. The site of that alignment in the legal function is increasingly to be found in legal operations. While there is sophisticated global discussion of the roles of process improvement and technology tools in optimising the legal function through legal operations, the people element has tended towards a flat discourse on upskilling and re-skilling as a response to technology. Join the leaders in this session as they re-frame the people challenge in legal operations and business alignment by examining skills development as a response to the scale (volume and complexity) of business.

Moderator:

  • Michele DeStefano, Professor of Law and Founder, LawWithoutWalls, University of Miami (& Guest Faculty Harvard Law School Exec Ed) and Lead Faculty Advisor, Digital Legal Exchange

 

Speakers:

  • Bill Deckelman, Executive Vice President, General Counsel, DXC Technology
  • Mary Shen O’Carroll, Director of Legal Operations, Google LLC and President, CLOC
  • J Stephen Poor, Chairman Emeritus, Seyfarth Shaw LLP
  • Connie Heng, Asia Pacific Regional Managing Partner, Clifford Chance

 

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1200-1300 GMT+8
14:00 AEST | 08:00 GST | 06:00 CEST | 00:00 ET
Knowledge Café: Essential Legal Operations Mythbusting

Synopsis:
Legal Operations is a term that is no longer just synonymous with in-house legal departments. Increasingly, law firms and alternative legal service providers of all shapes and sizes are getting in on the action. So what is it? Why should you care? What is involved? How can you get started? We speak with leaders who have actively rolled-out legal operations initiatives in a variety of contexts and get them to bust the myths that may be holding you back from effectively pursuing a legal operations strategy.

Moderator:

  • Sophie Mathur, Corporate Partner and Global Co-Head of Innovation, Linklaters Singapore

Speakers:

  • Vivek Khanwalkar, Manager, Legal Services, Quislex
  • John Knox, Partner, Global and APAC Legal Managed Services Leader, Ernst & Young
  • Yuen Ling Loretta, Executive Vice President, Head Group Legal & Regulatory Compliance, OCBC Bank

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1330-1500 GMT+8
15:30 AEST | 09:30 GST | 07:30 CEST | 01:30 ET
Panel Discussion: Avengers ... Assembled – The Value of a Multi-disciplinary Legal Operations Team

Synopsis:
It is fashionable to espouse to the current view that lawyering is a multi-disciplinary team endeavour. But to what extent are incumbents paying lip service? This session assembles a multi-disciplinary team of legal operations professionals who are practising what is being preached. They share the barriers that have had to be overcome, the hard-won successes that have been had, and what lies ahead for the evolution of legal services job roles that will help re-define value for legal businesses and their clients and end-users.

Moderator:

  • Debra Filippin, Head of Business Development (Asia Pacific), Pinsent Masons LLP

 

Speakers:

  • Jim Holding, Managing Director, Aldersgate Group of Companies
  • Komal Gupta,Head of Innovation, Cyril Amarchand Mangaldas
  • Vivien Clancy, Legal Operations Lead Asia, Herbert Smith Freehills
  • Thomas Barothy, Chief Operating Officer, Group Legal, UBS
  • Abdul Malik Anwar Deen, Partner – General Manager, Oon & Bazul

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1600 – 1730 GMT+8
18:00 AEST | 12:00 GST | 10:00 CEST | 04:00 ET
Panel Discussion: Digital Transformation Journeys: The Unvarnished Lessons

Synopsis:
What is the anatomy of a digital transformation journey by a legal department? This examines in candid detail specific transformation journeys being embarked upon by legal departments in some of the world’s leading businesses. Join leaders as they share the learning points they have gleaned from their journeys thus far – successes, failures and everything in between.

Moderator:

  • Yasmin Lambert, Senior Consultant, Digital Legal Exchange

 

Speakers:

  • Reena SenGupta, Executive Director, Digital Legal Exchange
  • Gladys Chun, General Counsel, Lazada Group
  • Chris Fowler, General Counsel Technology, BT Group and Faculty Advisor, Digital Legal Exchange
  • Dipa Swaminathan, Assistant General Counsel, Singtel

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1800 – 1830 GMT+8
20:00 AEST | 14:00 GST | 12:00 CEST | 06:00 ET
Virtual Networking Café: Transforming Mindsets: How SmartLaw Guild Firms Are Embracing Technology Virtual Networking Session (By Invitation *)

During this presentation and panel discussion, we will be sharing on the Society’s efforts in promoting legal technology adoption and supporting our members in adapting to new developments in the legal industry. Participants will also hear from some of our SmartLaw Guild members on their experiences in transforming their practices in the area of technology. Discussion topics will include challenges faced in adopting new solutions, and strategies to support the changing demands of clients and legal practice.

This session is by-invite only and attendees will be invited based on their profile selection when they register for TechLaw.Fest 2020 here. If interested, please express your interest here.

Speakers:

  • Lim Seng Siew, Director, OTP Law Corporation
  • Abdul Malik, Partner – General Manager, Oon & Bazul LLP
  • Joshua Tan, Corporate Law Partner, Aquinas Law Alliance LLP
  • Andrea Chee, Director, AEI Legal LLC
  • Paul Seah, Senior Partner, Tan Kok Quan Partnership
  • Yingyu Wang, Managing Director, Taylor Vinters Via LLC
1900 – 2000 GMT+8
21:00 AEST | 15:00 GST | 13:00 CEST | 07:00 ET
Leaders Fireside Chat: Global Challenges at the Intersection of Business, Law and Technology

Synopsis:

The COVID19 pandemic has highlighted how business, law and technology are part of a complex system. In this fireside chat, our leaders share their insights into how businesses and individuals can better prepare themselves to manage such complexity effectively.

Moderator:

  • Prof Mari Sako, Professor of Management Studies, Saïd Business School, University of Oxford

 

Speaker:

  • Tim Steinert, Secretary and Senior Advisor, Alibaba

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1000 – 1130 GMT+8
12:00 AEST | 06:00 GST | 04:00 CEST | 22:00 ET
Panel Discussion: Frontier Issues in Intellectual Property

Synopsis:

What are the implications for intellectual property law in a data saturated world? Join this expert panel as they take a deep dive into burning issues challenging IP professionals seeking to advise clients in the technology sphere.

Moderator:

  • Stanley Lai SC, Head of Intellectual Property practice, Allen & Gledhill LLP

Speakers:

  • Prof Lee Pey Woan, Professor of Law, Singapore Management University
  • Prof Pamela Samuelson, Richard M. Sherman Distinguished Professor of Law, UC Berkeley
  • Rob Bratby, Principal Solicitor, Bratby Law
  • Dr Ulrike Till, Director, World Intellectual Property Organization

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1200-1300 GMT+8
14:00 AEST | 08:00 GST | 06:00 CEST | 00:00 ET
Knowledge Café: Converging Data Protection and Cybersecurity Approaches

Synopsis:

In this session, experts examine the twin challenges of data protection and cybersecurity through the practical lens of how business can craft policy and establish infrastructure that holistically addresses compliance risks associated with data breaches.

Moderator:

  • Mark Fisher, Deputy Executive Director, Asian Business Law Institute

 

Speakers:

  • Dr Clarisse Girot, Senior Fellow, Asian Business Law Institute
  • James McLeary, Associate Managing Director, Kroll 
  • David N. Alfred, Director, Corporate & Finance, Drew & Napier
  • Mark Parsons, Partner, Hogan Lovells

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1330-1500 GMT+8
15:30 AEST | 09:30 GST | 07:30 CEST | 01:30 ET
Roundtable 1: Rethinking Database Rights and Data Ownership in an AI World

Synopsis:
The exponential growth in data in the past decade has enabled giant datasets to be compiled and used as the basis for developing ever-more sophisticated AI systems. Those systems are in turn being used to enhance humans’ ability to carry out tasks, or to replace those humans altogether. From self-driving cars and robotic carers, to autonomous weapons and automated financial trading systems, robotic and other data-driven AI systems are increasingly becoming the cornerstones of our economies and our daily lives. Increased automation promises significant societal benefits. Yet as ever more processes are carried out without the involvement of a ‘human actor’, the focus turns to how those autonomous robots and other autonomous systems operate, how they ‘learn’, and the data on which they base their decisions to act. Even in Singapore, questions inevitably arise as to whether existing systems of law, regulation and wider public policy remain ‘fit for purpose’. That is, do they encourage and enable innovation, economic growth and public welfare, while protecting against misuse and harm – whether physical, financial or psychological – harm to individuals?

This panel considers the legal issues regarding:

  • who controls or has rights over the ‘big data’ databases that underpin many new and emerging AI technologies, and
  • how best to ensure that those who contribute data to those databases retain an appropriate degree of ‘control’ over and access to that data.

 

Moderator:

  • Mark Findlay, Director, Centre for AI & Data Governance, Singapore Management University School of Law

Speakers:

  • Desmond Chew, Senior Associate, Dentons Rodyk & Davidson LLP
  • Yong Lim, Associate Professor, Seoul National University, Seoul National University, School of Law; SNU AI Policy Initiative
  • Smitha Krishna Prasad, Director, Centre for Communication Governance, National Law University Delhi
  • Nydia Remolina Leon, Research Associate, Centre for AI and Data Governance, Singapore Management University School of Law
  • Antony Cook, Regional Vice President & Chief Legal Counsel, CELA Asia, Microsoft Operations Pte Ltd

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1600 – 1730 GMT+8
18:00 AEST | 12:00 GST | 10:00 CEST | 04:00 ET
Panel Discussion: Global Perspectives on Tackling AI Governance

Synopsis:
The discussion around regulation of AI has transitioned from AI ethics and principles to the establishment of international norms. At the international level, OECD is perhaps the first out the gate with its 2019 AI Principles, and UNESCO has started its efforts to produce a norm-setting document. The French-Canadian efforts in creating a Global Partnership for AI to produce recommendations for international norm setting is set to gain momentum with OECD secretarial support. The EU has produced its AI Principles and has ambitions to introduce AI regulations for the European bloc. Singapore has made its own contributions through the Model AI Governance framework and self-assessment guide. Apart from norm-setting and governance, there have been sector specific regulations particularly in the areas of autonomous vehicles and facial recognition technologies.

Moderator:

  • Prof Simon Chesterman, Dean and Professor, National University of Singapore, Faculty of Law 

Speakers:

  • Prof Ian Walden, Professor of Information and Communications, Centre for Commercial Law Studies, Queen Mary University of London
  • Paul Yee, Legal Director, Sensetime International
  • Dr Hong Yanqing, Associate Professor, Beijing Institute of Technology Law School
  • Manish Gupta, Director, Google Research India

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1800 – 1830 GMT+8
20:00 AEST | 14:00 GST | 12:00 CEST | 06:00 ET
Virtual Networking Café: SMU Centre for Computational Law Virtual Networking Session

Speaker:

  • Alexis Natalie Chun, Co-Founder, Legalese.com
1900 – 2030
21:00 AEST | 15:00 GST | 13:00 CEST | 07:00 ET
Leaders Fireside Chat: The Future of the Legal World - A session in The Uncertain Decade series powered by Legal Geek

 

 

Synopsis:

COVID19 has accelerated certain developments in how legal systems have responded to the need for digital mediums for delivery. At the same time, it has had a decelerating impact in other areas. In this session, our leaders focus on the ways in which a re-shaping of the legal world is unfolding in two key spheres, dispute resolution and legal practice.

Moderator:

  • Tan Ken Hwee, Chief Transformation and Innovation Officer (Judiciary), Supreme Court of Singapore

 

Speakers:

  • Prof Richard Susskind, OBE, Chair of the Advisory Board of the Oxford Internet Institute, and Technology Adviser to the Lord Chief Justice of England and Wales 
  • Mark A. Cohen, CEO and Founder of Legal Mosaic and Executive Chairman, Digital Legal Exchange

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1000 – 1130 GMT+8
12:00 AEST | 06:00 GST | 04:00 CEST | 22:00 ET
Roundtable 2: Applying Ethical Principles for Artificial Intelligence and Autonomous Systems in Regulatory Reform

Synopsis:

The exponential growth in data in the past decade has enabled giant datasets to be compiled and used as the basis for developing ever-more sophisticated AI systems. Those systems are in turn being used to enhance humans’ ability to carry out tasks, or to replace those humans altogether. From self-driving cars and robotic carers, to autonomous weapons and automated financial trading systems, robotic and other data-driven AI systems are increasingly becoming the cornerstones of our economies and our daily lives. Increased automation promises significant societal benefits. Yet as ever more processes are carried out without the involvement of a ‘human actor’, the focus turns to how those autonomous robots and other autonomous systems operate, how they ‘learn’, and the data on which they base their decisions to act. Questions inevitably arise as to whether existing systems of law, regulation and wider public policy remain ‘fit for purpose’. That is, do they encourage and enable innovation, economic growth and public welfare, while protecting against misuse and harm – whether physical, financial or psychological – harm to?

This panel considers the core ethical principles for which there is emerging consensus, and assesses their implications, and the challenges they may raise, for policy makers in formulating any hard or soft law interventions considered necessary.

Moderator:

  • Mark Findlay, Director, Centre for AI & Data Governance, Singapore Management University School of Law

Speakers:

  • Gilbert Leong, Senior Partner, Dentons Rodyk & Davidson LLP
  • Jolyon Ford, Associate Professor, Australian National University
  • Smitha Krishna Prasad, Associate Director, Centre for Communication Governance, National Law University Delhi
  • Malavika Jayaram, Assistant Professor  & Lee Kong Chian Fellow, Singapore Management University  School of Law
  • Yong Lim, Associate Professor, Seoul National University, School of Law; SNU AI Policy Initiative
  • Brian W Tang, Executive Director, LITE Lab@HKU, University of Hong Kong, Faculty of Law
  • Dharma Sadasivan, Associate Director, BR Law Corporation

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1200-1300 GMT+8
14:00 AEST | 08:00 GST | 06:00 CEST | 00:00 ET
Knowledge Café: Why, Robot? Liability for AI system failures

Synopsis:

When driverless cars get involved in accidents, who’s to blame? When it’s the actions of an autonomous robot or AI-driven system that causes criminal harm, who’s the ‘criminal’? Are our laws ready to deal with these issues, or are there areas where changes may be needed?

As AI technologies advance and their use across society increases, these are just some of the questions being raised around who bears legal responsibility when these systems cause harm. Join the authors of two forthcoming Singapore law reform reports to hear more about the reports and to discuss the legal issues they raise, how different jurisdictions are approaching them, and what it might all mean for Singapore’s laws.

Moderator:

  • Simon Constantine, Deputy Research Director, Law Reform, Singapore Academy of Law

Speakers:

  • Charles Lim, Member, Robotics and Artificial Intelligence Subcommittee of the Singapore Academy of Law’s Law Reform Committee
  • Beverly Lim, Member, Robotics and Artificial Intelligence Subcommittee of the Singapore Academy of Law’s Law Reform Committee
  • Josh Lee Kok Thong, Member, Robotics and Artificial Intelligence Subcommittee of the Singapore Academy of Law’s Law Reform Committee

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1330-1500 GMT+8
15:30 AEST | 09:30 GST | 07:30 CEST | 01:30 ET
Panel Discussion: Comparative Perspectives on Emerging Regulatory Issues Post-COVID19

Synopsis:
The pandemic has accelerated the pace at which the digitalisation of legal services and access to justice has entered the mainstream. Three broad themes have emerged: the impact of regulation on technology adoption, the impact of technology on business models, and the impact of COVID19 on how the law is or is not perceived as an essential service by end-users. How are different jurisdictions making sense of these emerging issues? Is there a rationalising frame for understanding and addressing these complexities which transcends geographical boundaries?

Moderator:

  • Stefanie Yuen-Thio, Joint Managing Partner, TSMP Law Corporation

Speakers:

  • Chas Rampenthal, Attorney Assist Segment Leader, LegalZoom.com
  • Tahlia Gordon, Co-director, Creative Consequences
  • Lorraine Lee, General Counsel, Assistance Services Worldwide and Chief Privacy Officer, Asia Pacific, International SOS
  • Sandeep Kapoor, Foounder and Managing Partner, Algo Legal

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1500 – 1600 GMT+8
17:00 AEST | 11:00 GST | 09:00 CEST | 03:00 ET
Knowledge Café: What Computational Law Can Do For You (Technical Knowledge Needed)

Synopsis:

(Who is You? The legal client? Or the legal professional? We will keep coming back to this question throughout the talk.)

At SMU’s Centre for Computational Law, innovation in LegalTech goes beyond practice management software, automated contract review, and case-law search engines. We apply deep-tech computer science to the legal domain, producing open-source software that will do for legal and logical reasoning what the spreadsheet did for numerical reasoning. This talk offers a preview of some of the technologies that we are preparing for translation from lab to industry. We demonstrate five examples of how certain areas of legal work could look before and after “digital transformation”. We routinely start with declarative representation in a logical formalism; from that source, we automate the production of a range of downstream applications. What form will these next-generation services take? Will they be run by clients directly, or will they be mediated by legal service providers?

Speaker:

  • Wong Meng Weng, Principal Investigator, Singapore Management University, School of Law

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1600 – 1730 GMT+8
18:00 AEST | 12:00 GST | 10:00 CEST | 04:00 ET
Panel Discussion: The Empire Strikes Back – Law Firms' Strategic Response to Disruption

Synopsis:
We’ve spent many seminars criticising how law firms are slow to change business models, how they are not responding to technology trends, how they are not equipped to respond to new client needs. But are we making an assumption? That the Empire were the bad guys of the Skywalker saga? Thus we need to hear from the law firms on their responses. MDPs, ALSPs, changing clients, use of technology, and macro trends like sustainability, gender, income inequality and the future of the workforce – let’s get deep into law firm thinking and strategy.

Moderator:

  • Lam Chee Kin, Managing Director & Head, Group Legal, Compliance & Secretariat, DBS Bank Ltd

Speakers:

  • Ben Tidswell, Chairman, Ashurst LLP
  • Patrick Ang Peng Koon, Managing Partner, Rajah & Tann Singapore LLP

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1800 – 1830 GMT+8
20:00 AEST | 14:00 GST | 12:00 CEST | 06:00 ET
Virtual Networking Café: Digital Legal Exchange Virtual Networking Session (By Invitation *)

Synopsis: The Digital Legal Exchange is a global institute of leading thinkers and doers from academia, business, government, technology and law, committed to accelerating digital transformation. Our non-profit community shares practical and applied learnings to inspire general counsel and their teams to become digital leaders in their businesses to drive commercial value. Join us in the networking session to find out more, and become a part of our global community.

Speakers:

  • Paul Lanzone, SVP, Global Operations Lead (DXC)
  • Reena Sengupta, Executive Director, Digital Legal Exchange
1900 – 2000 GMT+8
21:00 AEST | 15:00 GST | 13:00 CEST | 07:00 ET
Leaders Fireside Chat: Technology & Talent Management in a Time of COVID19

Synopsis:

COVID19 has undeniably accelerated the adoption of technology to advance learning and professional development. But deeper than this, what are some of the implications of the pandemic on how we identify, recruit, manage, develop and retain talent? How is technology providing the means to achieve desired outcomes when it comes to equipping talent with competencies to thrive under these dynamic and uncertain times? How are various industries embracing technologies in the learning and development of their talent? And what are some key strategies that the legal industry can employ to ensure that it creates conditions for its talent to thrive through this period of challenge and emerge with enhanced capabilities to meet future industry demands?

Moderator:

  • Sriram Chakravarthi, Senior Director, Legal Development & Chief Legal Counsel, Singapore Academy of Law

Speaker:

  • Frank Koo, Head of Asia – Talent and Learning Solutions, LinkedIn

1 Public CPD Point | Please refer here for SILE Attendance Policy for this session

1000 – 1130 GMT+8
12:00 AEST | 06:00 GST | 04:00 CEST | 22:00 ET
Panel Discussion: Innovating Access to Justice Beyond Access to Information

Synopsis:
Enhancing Access to Justice is a common theme and goal across many jurisdictions. But what exactly does Access to Justice entail? Is it just a question of making information available via digital means? How do we address the “digital divide”, and the apparent growing interest for litigants to directly access systems without the interposition of professional legal advisers? How much can we expect to get out of “AI” powered chatbots? Should we re-engineer legal processes to move away from the Forms that lawyers and Courts are familiar with? What are the “best practices” in such Access to Justice efforts?

Moderator:

  • Alexander Joseph Woon Wei-Ming, Senior Assistant Director, Office of Transformation & Innovation (Judiciary), Supreme Court of Singapore

Speakers:

  • Prof Ron A. Dolin, Senior Research Fellow, Harvard Law School
  • Lim How Khang, Assistant Professor of Law and Information Systems (Practice), Singapore Management University School of Law
  • Shannon Salter, Chair, Civil Resolution Tribunal, Canada

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1130-1245 GMT+8
13:30 AEST | 07:30 GST | 05:30 CEST | 23:30 ET
Judging for Hackathon for a Better World by DBS x Singapore Judiciary

Synopsis:

Hackathon for a Better World by DBS and Singapore Judiciary kicked off in July 2020 with 33 teams, the objective, to use law as a force for social good. Over 2.5 months, teams in the hackathon’s learn-as-you-hack-format were encouraged to interview their target audience, generate insights, build, test and then iterate in developing their solution.

More than the winning, Hackathon for a Better World wants to showcase the process that these groups have been through to innovate in the legal landscape. This session will feature live judging of the Top 6 finalists. Each team has 7 minutes to showcase how they used DBS’ design thinking framework to arrive at solutions to their selected problem statement. The 6 finalist teams will vie for four awards: Most Innovative, Most Feasible, Most Life Changing and Most Human-Centred solutions.

1330-1500 GMT+8
15:30 AEST | 09:30 GST | 07:30 CEST | 01:30 ET
Panel Discussion: 50 Shades of ODR – Developing a Typology for ODR

Synopsis:
There are countless initiatives that have been announced under the broad rubric of “Online Dispute Resolution”. Is there clarity in what exactly we mean when we say “ODR”? Does it refer to the online initiation of a dispute? Or the submission of evidence and the parties’ positions? To what extent can there be a “bot” that can serve as the mediator or some kind of neutral evaluator? If a human has to be introduced, how does she interact with the parties? Must such interaction be online or digital for the entire process to be “online dispute resolution”? What about the eventual “outcome” of the “dispute”? If there is an agreement, how is that agreement signified? And how might it be enforced/enforceable? Is it time for a “typology” to be discerned, so that when we talk about ODR and a country’s implementation of “ODR” we know what exactly that means or does not mean?

Moderator:

  • Tan Ken Hwee, Chief Transformation and Innovation Officer (Judiciary), Supreme Court of Singapore

Speakers:

  • Ban Jiun Ean, Executive Director, Singapore Mediation Centre
  • Lim Lei Theng, Counsel, Eden Law Corporation
  • Colin Rule, CEO, Mediate.com
  • Eunice Chua, CEO, Financial Industry Disputes Resolution Centre

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1600 – 1730 GMT+8
18:00 AEST | 12:00 GST | 10:00 CEST | 04:00 ET
Panel Discussion: Strategies for Enhancing and Scaling Access to Justice Through Technology

Synopsis:
How exactly can jurisdictions use technology to enhance to Access-to-Justice at scale? Is there empirical evidence that chatbots, interactive websites and “ODR” have positive impacts on Access-to-Justice? Would focus on technology paradoxically reinforce the Digital Divide and therefore degrade Access-to-Justice to those left behind?

Moderator:

  •   Borja Gutierrez, Justice Accelerator Fund Specialist, Hague Institute for Innovation of Law

Speakers:

  • Kevin Sadler, Acting Chief Executive, Her Majesty’s Courts & Tribunals Service
  • Odunoluwa Longe, Regional Head, Hague Institute for Innovation of Law
  • Hrishikesh Datar, Founder & CEO, Vakilsearch.com
  • Alex Pelevin, Founder Court.one and Co-Founder, Case.one

1.5 Public CPD Points | Please refer here for SILE Attendance Policy for this session

1800 – 1830 GMT+8
20:00 AEST | 14:00 GST | 12:00 CEST | 06:00 ET
Virtual Networking Café: Idea Tracing Virtual Networking Session (By Invitation *)

Networking, re-imagined – Idea Tracing is not just a networking event, it’s your opportunity to join the conversation, tackle real-world problems and connect with like-minded people in a diverse environment that fosters creativity. Think of it as a brainstorming session with guide rails that help drive the discussion and foster engagement. As part of TechLaw.Fest 2020, Idea Tracing will let you explore the challenges and opportunities that await professionals of the future. Are you up to the task?

Sign-up to our pre-tracing sessions where you will be paired up with two other conference participants to network and exchange ideas at a more personal level (Pre-tracing sessions take place on Tuesday, 29 September)

Or, simply join the main session on Thursday, 1 October to listen and engage with our fellow Idea Tracers! Please register your interest here.

Speakers:

  • Roch Glowacki, Co-Founder, Idea Tracing
  • Odvar (Alex) Bjerkholt, Co-Founder, Idea Tracing
  • Rachel Wong, Lead Idea Tracer, Idea Tracing
1900 – 2000 GMT+8
21:00 AEST | 15:00 GST | 13:00 CEST | 07:00 ET
Leaders Fireside Chat: Legal Innovation Opportunities in Emerging Markets

Synopsis:
Perhaps one consequence of the pandemic has been a transcendence of physical geography. Instead, we have been presented with a geography of needs that is ripe for exploring. This discussion examines how wicked problems at the intersection of law, business, and technology have created necessities that present an opportunity for innovation in a way that challenges traditional geographical and professional silos.

Moderator:

  • Alison Hook, Co-founder and Director, Hook Tangaza

Speakers:

  • Alice Namuli Blazevic, Partner, Katende, Ssempebwa & Company Advocates
  • Abheek Anand, Managing Director, Sequoia Capital India
  • Zohar Fisher, Founder, Tech&Law – Israel

1 Public CPD Point | Please refer here for SILE Attendance Policy for this session

1000 – 1130 GMT+8
12:00 AEST | 06:00 GST | 04:00 CEST | 22:00 ET
Panel Discussion: Finding Blue Ocean for Legal Technologies

Synopsis:
It is fair to say that legal innovation has become synonymous with legal technology innovation. Within the latter space, traditional categories of products and services have dominated. Products and services targeted at automating and streamlining workflow to the exclusion of solutioning in the areas of data and infrastructure to facilitate adoption and scalability of downstream technologies and process innovation has led to a kind of insularity in the way the legal industry innovates. In this session, we take a buzzword-free look at (a) the current legal tech landscape, and the existing categories of legal technology innovation; (b) areas for inclusion and exploration to expand the legal tech innovation rubric; and (c) how industry players of various sizes can exploit the yet-to-be-explored opportunities in legal tech – especially those arising from the challenges presented by a pandemic-era and post-pandemic workplace.

Moderator:

  • Lixian Loong Hantover, Attorney and Legal Designer

 

Speakers:

  • Sarah Sutherland, Director, Programs and Partnerships, Canadian Legal Information Institute
  • Pablo Arredondo, Co-Founder and Chief Product Officer, Casetext
  • Sam Mantle, Executive Vice President Digital Engineering, Luxoft
  • Rakesh Kirpalani, Director, Dispute Resolution & Information Technology, Chief Technology Officer, Drew & Napier LLC

1.5 Public CPD Points | Please refer here for SILE Attendance Policy for this session

1200-1300 GMT+8
14:00 AEST | 08:00 GST | 06:00 CEST | 00:00 ET
Knowledge Café: Funding Legal Innovation in the Asia-Pacific

Synopsis:
Are you part of a legal tech start-up seeking to scale? Perhaps you are in-house counsel in a startup? Or maybe you are external counsel to clients seeking to raise funds? This session provides: (a) a practical understanding of the funding ecosystem and what VCs consider when assessing whether to invest in a company; (b) a discussion on the emerging legal tech innovation funding trends and the impact that the pandemic is having on VCs and their appetite for investment; (c) insight on what kinds of companies are currently in demand, and who the future unicorns could be for the legal tech industry; and (d) perspectives on the common compliance issues that companies and their counsel need to look out for when seeking to raise funds.

Moderator:

  • Steven Liew, Co-Founder, Cosmic Cafe

 

Speakers:

  • Rajesh Sreenivasan, Partner, Head of TMT Practice, Rajah & Tann Singapore LL
  • Jerry Ting, Founder & CEO, Evisort, Inc
  • Carmen Yuen, Partner, Vertex Ventures Southeast Asia & India

1 Public CPD Point | Please refer here for SILE Attendance Policy for this session

1330-1530 GMT+8
15:30 AEST | 09:30 GST | 07:30 CEST | 01:30 ET
Panel Discussion: Tomorrow’s Legal Products Designed Today

Synopsis:
Calling all product innovators, product managers, and product counselors (or those who aspire to be any of these)! This session aims to spark the innovation of legal tech products, and to share insights with those who wish to better support their creation and management. The panel will share perspectives on these topics, which aim to reflect key aspects of the product development cycle: (a) Persona building, aimed at providing views on better understanding market needs, opportunities, and challenges, to lead to product ideation; (b) Product ideation and management, focused on the process of creating and early-stage management of a product; and (c) Product counseling, targeted at strengthening skills needed to be able to provide sound and practical advice to startups that have a specialized need to build and move fast.

Facilitator:

  • Rama Tiwari, Deputy Chief Executive & Chief Digital Officer, Singapore Academy of Law

 

Speakers:

  • Fairil Yeo, VP of Transformation, APAC, Lewis Communications
  • Eva Bruch, Founder of AlterWork and DLEX Faculty Advisor
  • Druc V Trang, Managing Director, Major, Lindsey & Africa/ Landon Advisory Services
  • John Matheson, Co-Founder, Quant LegalTech 

2 Public CPD Points | Please refer here for SILE Attendance Policy for this session

1600 – 1630 GMT+8
Fireside Chat with Minister Edwin Tong: Singapore’s Legal Technology Roadmap 2030

Synopsis

Join Mr Edwin Tong SC, Minister for Culture, Community and Youth and Second Minister for Law, for a fireside chat to mark the launch of the Ministry of Law’s Technology & Innovation Roadmap (TIR). The roadmap charts Singapore’s legal technology path to 2030, identifies technologies that will impact or change legal services, and includes an overview of current and upcoming initiatives to encourage adoption and development of such technologies. Minister Tong will discuss what’s in store for our legal industry, and how technology can improve productivity and resilience of our industry.

Speaker:

  • Mr Edwin Tong SC, Minister for Culture, Community and Youth and Second Minister for Law

Moderator:

  • Dawn Tan Presenter, CNA
1630 – 1800 GMT+8
18:30 AEST | 12:30 GST | 10:30 CEST | 04:30 ET
Panel Discussion: State of Legal Innovation in the Asia-Pacific 2020

Synopsis

A year on from the signature and ground-breaking State of Legal Innovation in Asia-Pacific (SOLIA) Report 2019, the legal innovation picture globally has changed drastically. Amidst the COVID-19 crisis, we have seen a significant rise in legal innovation and the use of technology in providing justice. These include the rise of virtual courts, transformational shifts to a fully-virtual mode of working. At the same time, as economies take a beating, we see both light and dark spots in the appetite for legal innovation.

Building on the goal of SOLIA to provide actionable market intelligence to key legal innovation decision-makers and players in the region, this panel will see the launch and discussion of the SOLIA 2020 Report. Featured in the discussion will include new jurisdictions, insights on legal tech investments and money flows, and how enabling policy environments can be built to take legal innovation forward – which together will help you make sense of the shifting sands in legal innovation in the Asia-Pacific. At the same time, bringing matters from 30,000 feet level to ground-level, a second panel of regional law firms will be sharing with us their breakthroughs, experiences and insights in how they have embraced legal innovation and adopted legal technologies.

Moderators:

  • Josh Lee Kok Thong, Chairperson, Asia-Pacific Legal Innovation and Technology Association
  • Jerrold Soh Tsin Howe, Assistant Professor of Law, Singapore Management University, School of Law

 

Speakers:

  • Melissa Lim Founding Partner, Melissa Lim & Associates
  • Agathon Henryanto, Lecturer, Department of Administrative Law, Faculty of Law, Universitas Gadjah Mada
  • Josef James Gara Vice-President for International Affairs, Association of Law Students of the Philippines
  • Dave Yuen, Assistant Manager, Business Transformation, Rajah & Tann Singapore LLP
  • Hsiang Low, Co-Head of Nakhoda Asia and Managing Associate, Linklaters
  • Aditya Singh, Counsel, White & Case
  • April Brousseau, Global Lead, Clifford Chance Create and Innovation

1.5 Public CPD Points | Please refer here for SILE Attendance Policy for this session

1800 – 1830 GMT+8
20:00 AEST | 14:00 GST | 12:00 CEST | 06:00 ET
Virtual Networking Café: Uniting APAC’s Common Aspirations for Legal Innovation and Technology (ALITe)

Synopsis:

Closing off TechLaw.Fest 2020 will be an APAC-wide open ideation project to determine and unite common aspirations and hopes for legal innovation and technology for the region. Tapping on the Asia-Pacific Legal Innovation and Technology Association (ALITA)’s convening power to encourage coordination and cooperation in legal innovation, the session will give participants a say in identifying the region’s aspirations, concerns and imperatives for legal innovation and technology, based on statement submissions from TechLaw.Fest attendees over the 5 days of TechLaw.Fest.

The session will also see ALITA officially launch three new exciting initiatives for the region: the 2020 State of Legal Innovation in the Asia-Pacific Report, as well as the world’s first Legal Technology Observatory and Asia’s first Legal Innovation Strategy Toolkit.

Guest of Honour:

The Honourable Justice Lee Seiu Kin

Speakers:

  • Josh Lee Kok Thong, Chairperson, Asia-Pacific Legal Innovation and Technology Association
  • Maurice Rabb
  • Adeline Chin
  • Lee Ji En
1830 – 1900 GMT+8
20:30 AEST | 14:30 GST | 12:30 CEST | 06:30 ET
Closing Virtual Party
+ Legal Operations
28 September 2020
1000 – 1130 GMT+8
12:00 AEST | 06:00 GST | 04:00 CEST | 22:00 ET
Leaders Fireside Chat: Skills at Scale and the Legal Function

Synopsis:
As modern businesses scale in size and complexity at an unprecedented pace, the legal function must align its response with the needs of the business. The site of that alignment in the legal function is increasingly to be found in legal operations. While there is sophisticated global discussion of the roles of process improvement and technology tools in optimising the legal function through legal operations, the people element has tended towards a flat discourse on upskilling and re-skilling as a response to technology. Join the leaders in this session as they re-frame the people challenge in legal operations and business alignment by examining skills development as a response to the scale (volume and complexity) of business.

Moderator:

  • Michele DeStefano, Professor of Law and Founder, LawWithoutWalls, University of Miami (& Guest Faculty Harvard Law School Exec Ed) and Lead Faculty Advisor, Digital Legal Exchange

 

Speakers:

  • Bill Deckelman, Executive Vice President, General Counsel, DXC Technology
  • Mary Shen O’Carroll, Director of Legal Operations, Google LLC and President, CLOC
  • J Stephen Poor, Chairman Emeritus, Seyfarth Shaw LLP
  • Connie Heng, Asia Pacific Regional Managing Partner, Clifford Chance

 

1.5 Public CPD Points | Please refer here for SILE Attendance Policy for this session

1200-1300 GMT+8
14:00 AEST | 08:00 GST | 06:00 CEST | 00:00 ET
Knowledge Café: Essential Legal Operations Mythbusting

Synopsis:
Legal Operations is a term that is no longer just synonymous with in-house legal departments. Increasingly, law firms and alternative legal service providers of all shapes and sizes are getting in on the action. So what is it? Why should you care? What is involved? How can you get started? We speak with leaders who have actively rolled-out legal operations initiatives in a variety of contexts and get them to bust the myths that may be holding you back from effectively pursuing a legal operations strategy.

Moderator:

  • Sophie Mathur, Corporate Partner and Global Co-Head of Innovation, Linklaters Singapore

Speakers:

  • Vivek Khanwalkar, Manager, Legal Services, Quislex
  • John Knox, Partner, Global and APAC Legal Managed Services Leader, Ernst & Young
  • Yuen Ling Loretta, Executive Vice President, Head Group Legal & Regulatory Compliance, OCBC Bank

1 Public CPD Point | Please refer here for SILE Attendance Policy for this session

1330-1500 GMT+8
15:30 AEST | 09:30 GST | 07:30 CEST | 01:30 ET
Panel Discussion: Avengers ... Assembled – The Value of a Multi-disciplinary Legal Operations Team

Synopsis:
It is fashionable to espouse to the current view that lawyering is a multi-disciplinary team endeavour. But to what extent are incumbents paying lip service? This session assembles a multi-disciplinary team of legal operations professionals who are practising what is being preached. They share the barriers that have had to be overcome, the hard-won successes that have been had, and what lies ahead for the evolution of legal services job roles that will help re-define value for legal businesses and their clients and end-users.

Moderator:

  • Debra Filippin, Head of Business Development (Asia Pacific), Pinsent Masons LLP

 

Speakers:

  • Jim Holding, Managing Director, Aldersgate Group of Companies
  • Komal Gupta,Head of Innovation, Cyril Amarchand Mangaldas
  • Vivien Clancy, Legal Operations Lead Asia, Herbert Smith Freehills
  • Thomas Barothy, Chief Operating Officer, Group Legal, UBS
  • Abdul Malik Anwar Deen, Partner – General Manager, Oon & Bazul

1.5 Public CPD Points | Please refer here for SILE Attendance Policy for this session

1600 – 1730 GMT+8
18:00 AEST | 12:00 GST | 10:00 CEST | 04:00 ET
Panel Discussion: Digital Transformation Journeys: The Unvarnished Lessons

Synopsis:
What is the anatomy of a digital transformation journey by a legal department? This examines in candid detail specific transformation journeys being embarked upon by legal departments in some of the world’s leading businesses. Join leaders as they share the learning points they have gleaned from their journeys thus far – successes, failures and everything in between.

Moderator:

  • Yasmin Lambert, Senior Consultant, Digital Legal Exchange

 

Speakers:

  • Reena SenGupta, Executive Director, Digital Legal Exchange
  • Gladys Chun, General Counsel, Lazada Group
  • Chris Fowler, General Counsel Technology, BT Group and Faculty Advisor, Digital Legal Exchange
  • Dipa Swaminathan, Assistant General Counsel, Singtel

1.5 Public CPD Points | Please refer here for SILE Attendance Policy for this session

1800 – 1830 GMT+8
20:00 AEST | 14:00 GST | 12:00 CEST | 06:00 ET
Virtual Networking Café: Transforming Mindsets: How SmartLaw Guild Firms Are Embracing Technology Virtual Networking Session (By Invitation *)

During this presentation and panel discussion, we will be sharing on the Society’s efforts in promoting legal technology adoption and supporting our members in adapting to new developments in the legal industry. Participants will also hear from some of our SmartLaw Guild members on their experiences in transforming their practices in the area of technology. Discussion topics will include challenges faced in adopting new solutions, and strategies to support the changing demands of clients and legal practice.

This session is by-invite only and attendees will be invited based on their profile selection when they register for TechLaw.Fest 2020 here. If interested, please express your interest here.

Speakers:

  • Lim Seng Siew, Director, OTP Law Corporation
  • Abdul Malik, Partner – General Manager, Oon & Bazul LLP
  • Joshua Tan, Corporate Law Partner, Aquinas Law Alliance LLP
  • Andrea Chee, Director, AEI Legal LLC
  • Paul Seah, Senior Partner, Tan Kok Quan Partnership
  • Yingyu Wang, Managing Director, Taylor Vinters Via LLC
1900 – 2000 GMT+8
21:00 AEST | 15:00 GST | 13:00 CEST | 07:00 ET
Leaders Fireside Chat: Global Challenges at the Intersection of Business, Law and Technology

Synopsis:

The COVID19 pandemic has highlighted how business, law and technology are part of a complex system. In this fireside chat, our leaders share their insights into how businesses and individuals can better prepare themselves to manage such complexity effectively.

Moderator:

  • Prof Mari Sako, Professor of Management Studies, Saïd Business School, University of Oxford

 

Speaker:

  • Tim Steinert, Secretary and Senior Advisor, Alibaba

1 Public CPD Point | Please refer here for SILE Attendance Policy for this session

+ Technology Law
29 September 2020
1000 – 1130 GMT+8
12:00 AEST | 06:00 GST | 04:00 CEST | 22:00 ET
Panel Discussion: Frontier Issues in Intellectual Property

Synopsis:

What are the implications for intellectual property law in a data saturated world? Join this expert panel as they take a deep dive into burning issues challenging IP professionals seeking to advise clients in the technology sphere.

Moderator:

  • Stanley Lai SC, Head of Intellectual Property practice, Allen & Gledhill LLP

Speakers:

  • Prof Lee Pey Woan, Professor of Law, Singapore Management University
  • Prof Pamela Samuelson, Richard M. Sherman Distinguished Professor of Law, UC Berkeley
  • Rob Bratby, Principal Solicitor, Bratby Law
  • Dr Ulrike Till, Director, World Intellectual Property Organization

1.5 Public CPD Points | Please refer here for SILE Attendance Policy for this session

1200-1300 GMT+8
14:00 AEST | 08:00 GST | 06:00 CEST | 00:00 ET
Knowledge Café: Converging Data Protection and Cybersecurity Approaches

Synopsis:

In this session, experts examine the twin challenges of data protection and cybersecurity through the practical lens of how business can craft policy and establish infrastructure that holistically addresses compliance risks associated with data breaches.

Moderator:

  • Mark Fisher, Deputy Executive Director, Asian Business Law Institute

 

Speakers:

  • Dr Clarisse Girot, Senior Fellow, Asian Business Law Institute
  • James McLeary, Associate Managing Director, Kroll 
  • David N. Alfred, Director, Corporate & Finance, Drew & Napier
  • Mark Parsons, Partner, Hogan Lovells

1 Public CPD Point | Please refer here for SILE Attendance Policy for this session

1330-1500 GMT+8
15:30 AEST | 09:30 GST | 07:30 CEST | 01:30 ET
Roundtable 1: Rethinking Database Rights and Data Ownership in an AI World

Synopsis:
The exponential growth in data in the past decade has enabled giant datasets to be compiled and used as the basis for developing ever-more sophisticated AI systems. Those systems are in turn being used to enhance humans’ ability to carry out tasks, or to replace those humans altogether. From self-driving cars and robotic carers, to autonomous weapons and automated financial trading systems, robotic and other data-driven AI systems are increasingly becoming the cornerstones of our economies and our daily lives. Increased automation promises significant societal benefits. Yet as ever more processes are carried out without the involvement of a ‘human actor’, the focus turns to how those autonomous robots and other autonomous systems operate, how they ‘learn’, and the data on which they base their decisions to act. Even in Singapore, questions inevitably arise as to whether existing systems of law, regulation and wider public policy remain ‘fit for purpose’. That is, do they encourage and enable innovation, economic growth and public welfare, while protecting against misuse and harm – whether physical, financial or psychological – harm to individuals?

This panel considers the legal issues regarding:

  • who controls or has rights over the ‘big data’ databases that underpin many new and emerging AI technologies, and
  • how best to ensure that those who contribute data to those databases retain an appropriate degree of ‘control’ over and access to that data.

 

Moderator:

  • Mark Findlay, Director, Centre for AI & Data Governance, Singapore Management University School of Law

Speakers:

  • Desmond Chew, Senior Associate, Dentons Rodyk & Davidson LLP
  • Yong Lim, Associate Professor, Seoul National University, Seoul National University, School of Law; SNU AI Policy Initiative
  • Smitha Krishna Prasad, Director, Centre for Communication Governance, National Law University Delhi
  • Nydia Remolina Leon, Research Associate, Centre for AI and Data Governance, Singapore Management University School of Law
  • Antony Cook, Regional Vice President & Chief Legal Counsel, CELA Asia, Microsoft Operations Pte Ltd

1.5 Public CPD Points | Please refer here for SILE Attendance Policy for this session

1600 – 1730 GMT+8
18:00 AEST | 12:00 GST | 10:00 CEST | 04:00 ET
Panel Discussion: Global Perspectives on Tackling AI Governance

Synopsis:
The discussion around regulation of AI has transitioned from AI ethics and principles to the establishment of international norms. At the international level, OECD is perhaps the first out the gate with its 2019 AI Principles, and UNESCO has started its efforts to produce a norm-setting document. The French-Canadian efforts in creating a Global Partnership for AI to produce recommendations for international norm setting is set to gain momentum with OECD secretarial support. The EU has produced its AI Principles and has ambitions to introduce AI regulations for the European bloc. Singapore has made its own contributions through the Model AI Governance framework and self-assessment guide. Apart from norm-setting and governance, there have been sector specific regulations particularly in the areas of autonomous vehicles and facial recognition technologies.

Moderator:

  • Prof Simon Chesterman, Dean and Professor, National University of Singapore, Faculty of Law 

Speakers:

  • Prof Ian Walden, Professor of Information and Communications, Centre for Commercial Law Studies, Queen Mary University of London
  • Paul Yee, Legal Director, Sensetime International
  • Dr Hong Yanqing, Associate Professor, Beijing Institute of Technology Law School
  • Manish Gupta, Director, Google Research India

1.5 Public CPD Points | Please refer here for SILE Attendance Policy for this session

1800 – 1830 GMT+8
20:00 AEST | 14:00 GST | 12:00 CEST | 06:00 ET
Virtual Networking Café: SMU Centre for Computational Law Virtual Networking Session

Speaker:

  • Alexis Natalie Chun, Co-Founder, Legalese.com
1900 – 2030
21:00 AEST | 15:00 GST | 13:00 CEST | 07:00 ET
Leaders Fireside Chat: The Future of the Legal World - A session in The Uncertain Decade series powered by Legal Geek

 

 

Synopsis:

COVID19 has accelerated certain developments in how legal systems have responded to the need for digital mediums for delivery. At the same time, it has had a decelerating impact in other areas. In this session, our leaders focus on the ways in which a re-shaping of the legal world is unfolding in two key spheres, dispute resolution and legal practice.

Moderator:

  • Tan Ken Hwee, Chief Transformation and Innovation Officer (Judiciary), Supreme Court of Singapore

 

Speakers:

  • Prof Richard Susskind, OBE, Chair of the Advisory Board of the Oxford Internet Institute, and Technology Adviser to the Lord Chief Justice of England and Wales 
  • Mark A. Cohen, CEO and Founder of Legal Mosaic and Executive Chairman, Digital Legal Exchange

1.5 Public CPD Point | Please refer here for SILE Attendance Policy for this session

+ Future Law
30 September 2020
1000 – 1130 GMT+8
12:00 AEST | 06:00 GST | 04:00 CEST | 22:00 ET
Roundtable 2: Applying Ethical Principles for Artificial Intelligence and Autonomous Systems in Regulatory Reform

Synopsis:

The exponential growth in data in the past decade has enabled giant datasets to be compiled and used as the basis for developing ever-more sophisticated AI systems. Those systems are in turn being used to enhance humans’ ability to carry out tasks, or to replace those humans altogether. From self-driving cars and robotic carers, to autonomous weapons and automated financial trading systems, robotic and other data-driven AI systems are increasingly becoming the cornerstones of our economies and our daily lives. Increased automation promises significant societal benefits. Yet as ever more processes are carried out without the involvement of a ‘human actor’, the focus turns to how those autonomous robots and other autonomous systems operate, how they ‘learn’, and the data on which they base their decisions to act. Questions inevitably arise as to whether existing systems of law, regulation and wider public policy remain ‘fit for purpose’. That is, do they encourage and enable innovation, economic growth and public welfare, while protecting against misuse and harm – whether physical, financial or psychological – harm to?

This panel considers the core ethical principles for which there is emerging consensus, and assesses their implications, and the challenges they may raise, for policy makers in formulating any hard or soft law interventions considered necessary.

Moderator:

  • Mark Findlay, Director, Centre for AI & Data Governance, Singapore Management University School of Law

Speakers:

  • Gilbert Leong, Senior Partner, Dentons Rodyk & Davidson LLP
  • Jolyon Ford, Associate Professor, Australian National University
  • Smitha Krishna Prasad, Associate Director, Centre for Communication Governance, National Law University Delhi
  • Malavika Jayaram, Assistant Professor  & Lee Kong Chian Fellow, Singapore Management University  School of Law
  • Yong Lim, Associate Professor, Seoul National University, School of Law; SNU AI Policy Initiative
  • Brian W Tang, Executive Director, LITE Lab@HKU, University of Hong Kong, Faculty of Law
  • Dharma Sadasivan, Associate Director, BR Law Corporation

1.5 Public CPD Points | Please refer here for SILE Attendance Policy for this session

1200-1300 GMT+8
14:00 AEST | 08:00 GST | 06:00 CEST | 00:00 ET
Knowledge Café: Why, Robot? Liability for AI system failures

Synopsis:

When driverless cars get involved in accidents, who’s to blame? When it’s the actions of an autonomous robot or AI-driven system that causes criminal harm, who’s the ‘criminal’? Are our laws ready to deal with these issues, or are there areas where changes may be needed?

As AI technologies advance and their use across society increases, these are just some of the questions being raised around who bears legal responsibility when these systems cause harm. Join the authors of two forthcoming Singapore law reform reports to hear more about the reports and to discuss the legal issues they raise, how different jurisdictions are approaching them, and what it might all mean for Singapore’s laws.

Moderator:

  • Simon Constantine, Deputy Research Director, Law Reform, Singapore Academy of Law

Speakers:

  • Charles Lim, Member, Robotics and Artificial Intelligence Subcommittee of the Singapore Academy of Law’s Law Reform Committee
  • Beverly Lim, Member, Robotics and Artificial Intelligence Subcommittee of the Singapore Academy of Law’s Law Reform Committee
  • Josh Lee Kok Thong, Member, Robotics and Artificial Intelligence Subcommittee of the Singapore Academy of Law’s Law Reform Committee

1 Public CPD Point | Please refer here for SILE Attendance Policy for this session

1330-1500 GMT+8
15:30 AEST | 09:30 GST | 07:30 CEST | 01:30 ET
Panel Discussion: Comparative Perspectives on Emerging Regulatory Issues Post-COVID19

Synopsis:
The pandemic has accelerated the pace at which the digitalisation of legal services and access to justice has entered the mainstream. Three broad themes have emerged: the impact of regulation on technology adoption, the impact of technology on business models, and the impact of COVID19 on how the law is or is not perceived as an essential service by end-users. How are different jurisdictions making sense of these emerging issues? Is there a rationalising frame for understanding and addressing these complexities which transcends geographical boundaries?

Moderator:

  • Stefanie Yuen-Thio, Joint Managing Partner, TSMP Law Corporation

Speakers:

  • Chas Rampenthal, Attorney Assist Segment Leader, LegalZoom.com
  • Tahlia Gordon, Co-director, Creative Consequences
  • Lorraine Lee, General Counsel, Assistance Services Worldwide and Chief Privacy Officer, Asia Pacific, International SOS
  • Sandeep Kapoor, Foounder and Managing Partner, Algo Legal

1.5 Public CPD Points | Please refer here for SILE Attendance Policy for this session

1500 – 1600 GMT+8
17:00 AEST | 11:00 GST | 09:00 CEST | 03:00 ET
Knowledge Café: What Computational Law Can Do For You (Technical Knowledge Needed)

Synopsis:

(Who is You? The legal client? Or the legal professional? We will keep coming back to this question throughout the talk.)

At SMU’s Centre for Computational Law, innovation in LegalTech goes beyond practice management software, automated contract review, and case-law search engines. We apply deep-tech computer science to the legal domain, producing open-source software that will do for legal and logical reasoning what the spreadsheet did for numerical reasoning. This talk offers a preview of some of the technologies that we are preparing for translation from lab to industry. We demonstrate five examples of how certain areas of legal work could look before and after “digital transformation”. We routinely start with declarative representation in a logical formalism; from that source, we automate the production of a range of downstream applications. What form will these next-generation services take? Will they be run by clients directly, or will they be mediated by legal service providers?

Speaker:

  • Wong Meng Weng, Principal Investigator, Singapore Management University, School of Law

1 Public CPD Point | Please refer here for SILE Attendance Policy for this session

1600 – 1730 GMT+8
18:00 AEST | 12:00 GST | 10:00 CEST | 04:00 ET
Panel Discussion: The Empire Strikes Back – Law Firms' Strategic Response to Disruption

Synopsis:
We’ve spent many seminars criticising how law firms are slow to change business models, how they are not responding to technology trends, how they are not equipped to respond to new client needs. But are we making an assumption? That the Empire were the bad guys of the Skywalker saga? Thus we need to hear from the law firms on their responses. MDPs, ALSPs, changing clients, use of technology, and macro trends like sustainability, gender, income inequality and the future of the workforce – let’s get deep into law firm thinking and strategy.

Moderator:

  • Lam Chee Kin, Managing Director & Head, Group Legal, Compliance & Secretariat, DBS Bank Ltd

Speakers:

  • Ben Tidswell, Chairman, Ashurst LLP
  • Patrick Ang Peng Koon, Managing Partner, Rajah & Tann Singapore LLP

1.5 Public CPD Points | Please refer here for SILE Attendance Policy for this session

1800 – 1830 GMT+8
20:00 AEST | 14:00 GST | 12:00 CEST | 06:00 ET
Virtual Networking Café: Digital Legal Exchange Virtual Networking Session (By Invitation *)

Synopsis: The Digital Legal Exchange is a global institute of leading thinkers and doers from academia, business, government, technology and law, committed to accelerating digital transformation. Our non-profit community shares practical and applied learnings to inspire general counsel and their teams to become digital leaders in their businesses to drive commercial value. Join us in the networking session to find out more, and become a part of our global community.

Speakers:

  • Paul Lanzone, SVP, Global Operations Lead (DXC)
  • Reena Sengupta, Executive Director, Digital Legal Exchange
1900 – 2000 GMT+8
21:00 AEST | 15:00 GST | 13:00 CEST | 07:00 ET
Leaders Fireside Chat: Technology & Talent Management in a Time of COVID19

Synopsis:

COVID19 has undeniably accelerated the adoption of technology to advance learning and professional development. But deeper than this, what are some of the implications of the pandemic on how we identify, recruit, manage, develop and retain talent? How is technology providing the means to achieve desired outcomes when it comes to equipping talent with competencies to thrive under these dynamic and uncertain times? How are various industries embracing technologies in the learning and development of their talent? And what are some key strategies that the legal industry can employ to ensure that it creates conditions for its talent to thrive through this period of challenge and emerge with enhanced capabilities to meet future industry demands?

Moderator:

  • Sriram Chakravarthi, Senior Director, Legal Development & Chief Legal Counsel, Singapore Academy of Law

Speaker:

  • Frank Koo, Head of Asia – Talent and Learning Solutions, LinkedIn

1 Public CPD Point | Please refer here for SILE Attendance Policy for this session

+ Access to Justice
1 October 2020
1000 – 1130 GMT+8
12:00 AEST | 06:00 GST | 04:00 CEST | 22:00 ET
Panel Discussion: Innovating Access to Justice Beyond Access to Information

Synopsis:
Enhancing Access to Justice is a common theme and goal across many jurisdictions. But what exactly does Access to Justice entail? Is it just a question of making information available via digital means? How do we address the “digital divide”, and the apparent growing interest for litigants to directly access systems without the interposition of professional legal advisers? How much can we expect to get out of “AI” powered chatbots? Should we re-engineer legal processes to move away from the Forms that lawyers and Courts are familiar with? What are the “best practices” in such Access to Justice efforts?

Moderator:

  • Alexander Joseph Woon Wei-Ming, Senior Assistant Director, Office of Transformation & Innovation (Judiciary), Supreme Court of Singapore

Speakers:

  • Prof Ron A. Dolin, Senior Research Fellow, Harvard Law School
  • Lim How Khang, Assistant Professor of Law and Information Systems (Practice), Singapore Management University School of Law
  • Shannon Salter, Chair, Civil Resolution Tribunal, Canada

1.5 Public CPD Points | Please refer here for SILE Attendance Policy for this session

1130-1245 GMT+8
13:30 AEST | 07:30 GST | 05:30 CEST | 23:30 ET
Judging for Hackathon for a Better World by DBS x Singapore Judiciary

Synopsis:

Hackathon for a Better World by DBS and Singapore Judiciary kicked off in July 2020 with 33 teams, the objective, to use law as a force for social good. Over 2.5 months, teams in the hackathon’s learn-as-you-hack-format were encouraged to interview their target audience, generate insights, build, test and then iterate in developing their solution.

More than the winning, Hackathon for a Better World wants to showcase the process that these groups have been through to innovate in the legal landscape. This session will feature live judging of the Top 6 finalists. Each team has 7 minutes to showcase how they used DBS’ design thinking framework to arrive at solutions to their selected problem statement. The 6 finalist teams will vie for four awards: Most Innovative, Most Feasible, Most Life Changing and Most Human-Centred solutions.

1330-1500 GMT+8
15:30 AEST | 09:30 GST | 07:30 CEST | 01:30 ET
Panel Discussion: 50 Shades of ODR – Developing a Typology for ODR

Synopsis:
There are countless initiatives that have been announced under the broad rubric of “Online Dispute Resolution”. Is there clarity in what exactly we mean when we say “ODR”? Does it refer to the online initiation of a dispute? Or the submission of evidence and the parties’ positions? To what extent can there be a “bot” that can serve as the mediator or some kind of neutral evaluator? If a human has to be introduced, how does she interact with the parties? Must such interaction be online or digital for the entire process to be “online dispute resolution”? What about the eventual “outcome” of the “dispute”? If there is an agreement, how is that agreement signified? And how might it be enforced/enforceable? Is it time for a “typology” to be discerned, so that when we talk about ODR and a country’s implementation of “ODR” we know what exactly that means or does not mean?

Moderator:

  • Tan Ken Hwee, Chief Transformation and Innovation Officer (Judiciary), Supreme Court of Singapore

Speakers:

  • Ban Jiun Ean, Executive Director, Singapore Mediation Centre
  • Lim Lei Theng, Counsel, Eden Law Corporation
  • Colin Rule, CEO, Mediate.com
  • Eunice Chua, CEO, Financial Industry Disputes Resolution Centre

1.5 Public CPD Points | Please refer here for SILE Attendance Policy for this session

1600 – 1730 GMT+8
18:00 AEST | 12:00 GST | 10:00 CEST | 04:00 ET
Panel Discussion: Strategies for Enhancing and Scaling Access to Justice Through Technology

Synopsis:
How exactly can jurisdictions use technology to enhance to Access-to-Justice at scale? Is there empirical evidence that chatbots, interactive websites and “ODR” have positive impacts on Access-to-Justice? Would focus on technology paradoxically reinforce the Digital Divide and therefore degrade Access-to-Justice to those left behind?

Moderator:

  •   Borja Gutierrez, Justice Accelerator Fund Specialist, Hague Institute for Innovation of Law

Speakers:

  • Kevin Sadler, Acting Chief Executive, Her Majesty’s Courts & Tribunals Service
  • Odunoluwa Longe, Regional Head, Hague Institute for Innovation of Law
  • Hrishikesh Datar, Founder & CEO, Vakilsearch.com
  • Alex Pelevin, Founder Court.one and Co-Founder, Case.one

1.5 Public CPD Points | Please refer here for SILE Attendance Policy for this session

1800 – 1830 GMT+8
20:00 AEST | 14:00 GST | 12:00 CEST | 06:00 ET
Virtual Networking Café: Idea Tracing Virtual Networking Session (By Invitation *)

Networking, re-imagined – Idea Tracing is not just a networking event, it’s your opportunity to join the conversation, tackle real-world problems and connect with like-minded people in a diverse environment that fosters creativity. Think of it as a brainstorming session with guide rails that help drive the discussion and foster engagement. As part of TechLaw.Fest 2020, Idea Tracing will let you explore the challenges and opportunities that await professionals of the future. Are you up to the task?

Sign-up to our pre-tracing sessions where you will be paired up with two other conference participants to network and exchange ideas at a more personal level (Pre-tracing sessions take place on Tuesday, 29 September)

Or, simply join the main session on Thursday, 1 October to listen and engage with our fellow Idea Tracers! Please register your interest here.

Speakers:

  • Roch Glowacki, Co-Founder, Idea Tracing
  • Odvar (Alex) Bjerkholt, Co-Founder, Idea Tracing
  • Rachel Wong, Lead Idea Tracer, Idea Tracing
1900 – 2000 GMT+8
21:00 AEST | 15:00 GST | 13:00 CEST | 07:00 ET
Leaders Fireside Chat: Legal Innovation Opportunities in Emerging Markets

Synopsis:
Perhaps one consequence of the pandemic has been a transcendence of physical geography. Instead, we have been presented with a geography of needs that is ripe for exploring. This discussion examines how wicked problems at the intersection of law, business, and technology have created necessities that present an opportunity for innovation in a way that challenges traditional geographical and professional silos.

Moderator:

  • Alison Hook, Co-founder and Director, Hook Tangaza

Speakers:

  • Alice Namuli Blazevic, Partner, Katende, Ssempebwa & Company Advocates
  • Abheek Anand, Managing Director, Sequoia Capital India
  • Zohar Fisher, Founder, Tech&Law – Israel

1 Public CPD Point | Please refer here for SILE Attendance Policy for this session

+ Legal Innovation
2 October 2020
1000 – 1130 GMT+8
12:00 AEST | 06:00 GST | 04:00 CEST | 22:00 ET
Panel Discussion: Finding Blue Ocean for Legal Technologies

Synopsis:
It is fair to say that legal innovation has become synonymous with legal technology innovation. Within the latter space, traditional categories of products and services have dominated. Products and services targeted at automating and streamlining workflow to the exclusion of solutioning in the areas of data and infrastructure to facilitate adoption and scalability of downstream technologies and process innovation has led to a kind of insularity in the way the legal industry innovates. In this session, we take a buzzword-free look at (a) the current legal tech landscape, and the existing categories of legal technology innovation; (b) areas for inclusion and exploration to expand the legal tech innovation rubric; and (c) how industry players of various sizes can exploit the yet-to-be-explored opportunities in legal tech – especially those arising from the challenges presented by a pandemic-era and post-pandemic workplace.

Moderator:

  • Lixian Loong Hantover, Attorney and Legal Designer

 

Speakers:

  • Sarah Sutherland, Director, Programs and Partnerships, Canadian Legal Information Institute
  • Pablo Arredondo, Co-Founder and Chief Product Officer, Casetext
  • Sam Mantle, Executive Vice President Digital Engineering, Luxoft
  • Rakesh Kirpalani, Director, Dispute Resolution & Information Technology, Chief Technology Officer, Drew & Napier LLC

1.5 Public CPD Points | Please refer here for SILE Attendance Policy for this session

1200-1300 GMT+8
14:00 AEST | 08:00 GST | 06:00 CEST | 00:00 ET
Knowledge Café: Funding Legal Innovation in the Asia-Pacific

Synopsis:
Are you part of a legal tech start-up seeking to scale? Perhaps you are in-house counsel in a startup? Or maybe you are external counsel to clients seeking to raise funds? This session provides: (a) a practical understanding of the funding ecosystem and what VCs consider when assessing whether to invest in a company; (b) a discussion on the emerging legal tech innovation funding trends and the impact that the pandemic is having on VCs and their appetite for investment; (c) insight on what kinds of companies are currently in demand, and who the future unicorns could be for the legal tech industry; and (d) perspectives on the common compliance issues that companies and their counsel need to look out for when seeking to raise funds.

Moderator:

  • Steven Liew, Co-Founder, Cosmic Cafe

 

Speakers:

  • Rajesh Sreenivasan, Partner, Head of TMT Practice, Rajah & Tann Singapore LL
  • Jerry Ting, Founder & CEO, Evisort, Inc
  • Carmen Yuen, Partner, Vertex Ventures Southeast Asia & India

1 Public CPD Point | Please refer here for SILE Attendance Policy for this session

1330-1530 GMT+8
15:30 AEST | 09:30 GST | 07:30 CEST | 01:30 ET
Panel Discussion: Tomorrow’s Legal Products Designed Today

Synopsis:
Calling all product innovators, product managers, and product counselors (or those who aspire to be any of these)! This session aims to spark the innovation of legal tech products, and to share insights with those who wish to better support their creation and management. The panel will share perspectives on these topics, which aim to reflect key aspects of the product development cycle: (a) Persona building, aimed at providing views on better understanding market needs, opportunities, and challenges, to lead to product ideation; (b) Product ideation and management, focused on the process of creating and early-stage management of a product; and (c) Product counseling, targeted at strengthening skills needed to be able to provide sound and practical advice to startups that have a specialized need to build and move fast.

Facilitator:

  • Rama Tiwari, Deputy Chief Executive & Chief Digital Officer, Singapore Academy of Law

 

Speakers:

  • Fairil Yeo, VP of Transformation, APAC, Lewis Communications
  • Eva Bruch, Founder of AlterWork and DLEX Faculty Advisor
  • Druc V Trang, Managing Director, Major, Lindsey & Africa/ Landon Advisory Services
  • John Matheson, Co-Founder, Quant LegalTech 

2 Public CPD Points | Please refer here for SILE Attendance Policy for this session

1600 – 1630 GMT+8
Fireside Chat with Minister Edwin Tong: Singapore’s Legal Technology Roadmap 2030

Synopsis

Join Mr Edwin Tong SC, Minister for Culture, Community and Youth and Second Minister for Law, for a fireside chat to mark the launch of the Ministry of Law’s Technology & Innovation Roadmap (TIR). The roadmap charts Singapore’s legal technology path to 2030, identifies technologies that will impact or change legal services, and includes an overview of current and upcoming initiatives to encourage adoption and development of such technologies. Minister Tong will discuss what’s in store for our legal industry, and how technology can improve productivity and resilience of our industry.

Speaker:

  • Mr Edwin Tong SC, Minister for Culture, Community and Youth and Second Minister for Law

Moderator:

  • Dawn Tan Presenter, CNA
1630 – 1800 GMT+8
18:30 AEST | 12:30 GST | 10:30 CEST | 04:30 ET
Panel Discussion: State of Legal Innovation in the Asia-Pacific 2020

Synopsis

A year on from the signature and ground-breaking State of Legal Innovation in Asia-Pacific (SOLIA) Report 2019, the legal innovation picture globally has changed drastically. Amidst the COVID-19 crisis, we have seen a significant rise in legal innovation and the use of technology in providing justice. These include the rise of virtual courts, transformational shifts to a fully-virtual mode of working. At the same time, as economies take a beating, we see both light and dark spots in the appetite for legal innovation.

Building on the goal of SOLIA to provide actionable market intelligence to key legal innovation decision-makers and players in the region, this panel will see the launch and discussion of the SOLIA 2020 Report. Featured in the discussion will include new jurisdictions, insights on legal tech investments and money flows, and how enabling policy environments can be built to take legal innovation forward – which together will help you make sense of the shifting sands in legal innovation in the Asia-Pacific. At the same time, bringing matters from 30,000 feet level to ground-level, a second panel of regional law firms will be sharing with us their breakthroughs, experiences and insights in how they have embraced legal innovation and adopted legal technologies.

Moderators:

  • Josh Lee Kok Thong, Chairperson, Asia-Pacific Legal Innovation and Technology Association
  • Jerrold Soh Tsin Howe, Assistant Professor of Law, Singapore Management University, School of Law

 

Speakers:

  • Melissa Lim Founding Partner, Melissa Lim & Associates
  • Agathon Henryanto, Lecturer, Department of Administrative Law, Faculty of Law, Universitas Gadjah Mada
  • Josef James Gara Vice-President for International Affairs, Association of Law Students of the Philippines
  • Dave Yuen, Assistant Manager, Business Transformation, Rajah & Tann Singapore LLP
  • Hsiang Low, Co-Head of Nakhoda Asia and Managing Associate, Linklaters
  • Aditya Singh, Counsel, White & Case
  • April Brousseau, Global Lead, Clifford Chance Create and Innovation

1.5 Public CPD Points | Please refer here for SILE Attendance Policy for this session

1800 – 1830 GMT+8
20:00 AEST | 14:00 GST | 12:00 CEST | 06:00 ET
Virtual Networking Café: Uniting APAC’s Common Aspirations for Legal Innovation and Technology (ALITe)

Synopsis:

Closing off TechLaw.Fest 2020 will be an APAC-wide open ideation project to determine and unite common aspirations and hopes for legal innovation and technology for the region. Tapping on the Asia-Pacific Legal Innovation and Technology Association (ALITA)’s convening power to encourage coordination and cooperation in legal innovation, the session will give participants a say in identifying the region’s aspirations, concerns and imperatives for legal innovation and technology, based on statement submissions from TechLaw.Fest attendees over the 5 days of TechLaw.Fest.

The session will also see ALITA officially launch three new exciting initiatives for the region: the 2020 State of Legal Innovation in the Asia-Pacific Report, as well as the world’s first Legal Technology Observatory and Asia’s first Legal Innovation Strategy Toolkit.

Guest of Honour:

The Honourable Justice Lee Seiu Kin

Speakers:

  • Josh Lee Kok Thong, Chairperson, Asia-Pacific Legal Innovation and Technology Association
  • Maurice Rabb
  • Adeline Chin
  • Lee Ji En
1830 – 1900 GMT+8
20:30 AEST | 14:30 GST | 12:30 CEST | 06:30 ET
Closing Virtual Party

Programme is updated as as 17 September 2020 and is subject to change. Conference times displayed are in Singapore Time (SGT/GMT +8).

* These sessions are by-invite only and attendees will be invited based on their profile selection when they register for TechLaw.Fest 2020 here. If interested, please fill up the expression of interest form or write in to info@techlawfest.com to express your interest.