Overview of the current state of research on Computational Laws, with a focus on continental Europe (proposed)

Material Law Project 1

Today´s methodology and technique of law-making are still based on concepts developed in the 19th century. However, in the post-modern, globalized information society, the legal system seems to reach its limits in many areas. Today´s law does not only have a massive complexity problem, but also appears to be too rigid and inflexible to keep up with the pace of change in technological and social developments. The technology and methodology of legislation must be rethought if the law is to remain effective in modern society. A promising key to better laws is digitalization, especially in the form of computational law. 

However, the current discussion on computational law focuses to a large extent on smart contracts, i.e. machine-readable contracts, especially discussed in terms of blockchain technology. The aim of the project is to contribute to the development of computational laws and regulations in general, beyond the topic of computable contracts.The goal of the first subproject is to summarize the current state of research on computational laws, including relevant commercial projects, with a special focus on civil law jurisdictions. The outcome of this subproject shall be a written document with an overview of relevant initiatives and projects in this area. The project shall be finalized in summer 2020.