Digitalization at the courts

17 January 2019

Digitalization at court – SDU and KU in new research co-operation

The Nordic Council of Ministers has decided to support a new research project on Digitalization at the courts of law in the Nordic countries and the Baltic States.

Associate professor, dr. Frederik Waage from the Department of Law at the University of Southern Denmark is director of the research project:

“It is truly exciting that the Nordic Council of Ministers’ Digital North program and the Nordic Council of Ministers for cooperation within the justice sector have decided to focus on digitalization at the courts of law. The purpose of the Digital North cooperation is to strengthen cooperation concerning digitalization in the Nordic countries and Baltic States. On the long run, the hope is that the Nordic and the Baltic States can act as a role model for Europe on the digital front. Throughout the Scandinavian and Baltic countries IT-systems are in the making at the courts, but, as we have recently experienced in Denmark, the transition to more or less full digitalization entails both great efficiency savings and also major pitfalls. In the ongoing digital transformation of the court systems it is quite crucial that the individual countries have the opportunity to compare their experiences and this is where this new project can make a difference.”

The research project runs until the beginning of 2020 and is carried out in co-operation  with Centre for Information and Innovation Law (CIIR) at the University of Copenhagen and is tied to the Digitalization Hub of the Faculty of Law. Associate Professor Hanne Marie Motzfeldt says:

"The social significance of digitalizing the public sector can in my opinion hardly be exaggerated. We are witnessing a transformation which in my opinion will change the way the public sector is organized, how it works and the relationship to the citizens in the long run. The cooperation between the Nordic countries and the Baltic States to secure transfer of knowledge can contribute to ensuring that the transformation is based on a solid base of knowledge and reassuring manner in terms of legal certainty. We are countries with joint fundamental values and must ensure that these are transferred to the digital society, which is why it is quite obvious that we co-operate."


22 may 2019

We are pleased to announce that the following legal scholars now take part in the advisory board of the project:

 

Estonia

Tatjana Evas, Dr.jur., Talinn University of Technology

Finland

Riika Koulu, ph.d. University of Helsinki

Iceland

Kristín Benediktsdóttir, ph.d., University of Iceland

Latvia

Inga Kačevska, Dr.iur, University of Latvia and attorney-at law

Lithuania

Egidija Tamošiūnienė, Dr.iur, University of Vilnius and appeal court judge.

Norway

Jussi Pedersen, dr.jur., University of Tromsø

Sweden

Eva Storskrubb, jur.lic., Upsalla Universitet and attorney-at-law

 

The scholars will work together with the Danish research team in drafting and peer reviewing the country presentations in the general report that is scheduled to be published in the spring of 2020.

 

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