The African Law Tech Festival 2020
Lawyers’ Hub in Kenya will be hosting the first African Law Tech Festival from 6 to 10 March 2020 in Nairobi Kenya. The Festival will be a hub for conversations on “policy issues in emerging technologies, the role of tech in promoting access to justice, rule of law and (how) law reform will be achieved, as well as Africa's place in the global tech landscape is rapidly changing.”
ith the increase of emerging technology (tech) uptake in Africa, the interoperable nature of emerging tech and general industry disruption caused by the emerging tech, it is important to discuss the laws governing these technologies and their impact , to ensure an enabling environment for a digital future that is mutually beneficial to citizens and the private sector.
Globally, the conversation of an enabling environment for a digital future has revolved around policies and regulation, as well as, a call for policymakers to engage with relevant stakeholders (Private Sector, Civil Society and Academia) to ensure that the regulatory environment is conducive to innovation and harnessing of the benefits of the emerging tech. It is therefore important that the African Tech Law Festival will bring together Lawyers, Technologists and Civil Society organisations to discuss and engage in the policy issues that arise as a result of emerging technologies. “The Africa Law Tech Festival acknowledges the need for collaboration to strengthen the cross-section of law and tech fields in Africa today with a view to enhance innovation and spur economic growth in Africa.”
During the Festival there will be an Academy from 6 to 8 March 2020. It is set to be an opportunity for those with an interest in “all things legal-tech and/or tech policy for non-lawyers” to understand “the inner workings of the Law Tech world”. Moreover there will be a Global Legal Hackathon held during the Festival which will bring together techies, law firms, corporations, non-profit organizations, universities, law schools and various stakeholders to create a rapid development of technological solutions to advance the legal sector and improve access to legal services. The Festival will include the Africa Law Tech Conference which will be held from 9 to 11 March 2020. The Conference aims to foster the discussion on all things law and tech by engaging cross-sectoral panelists from around the globe.
Attending the Festival will be a great opportunity to interact and exchange viewpoints with the various stakeholders that are actively seeking to develop an African voice in the global tech landscape. Attendees will also be able to “explore all things law and tech” and gain an understanding of what tech policy is.
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