Please find upcoming & past events that members of the Legal Design Alliance are part of.

Starting in February 2022, every month the Legal Design Alliance will host a monthly virtual seminar with a speaker on legal design.

You can sign up to join the seminars. They are free & all LeDA members are welcome to join!

February 2022 LeDA Seminar: Design Fiction & Data Protection

When: Friday, February 18, 12 pm Central European Time
What: “Design Fiction & Data Protection”: A Conversation with Estelle Hary of CNIL

Join the Legal Design Alliance for its first monthly seminar. We’ll hear from Estelle Hary who is a designer at CNIL’s Innovation and Foresight Lab in France.

Explore more of CNIL’s design work here:

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Webinar topic:
“Design fiction in Data protection” Estelle Hary, Design at CNIL’s Innovation and Foresight Lab

Date and time:
Friday, 18 Feb, 2022 12:00 | (UTC+01:00) Amsterdam, Berlin, Bern, Rome, Stockholm, Vienna

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February’s Topic

Regulating personal data involves being in the middle of a rapidly evolving field spanning across many aspects of society. Being able to answer novel or emerging data practices is key to make them compliant from the start and ensuring individual’s freedoms and protecting their rights. 

In that regard, foresight methods can be used to identify emerging trends and help to understand how they can develop in near and far futures. Such understanding can be used to guide today’s decisions to make some futures happen or not. CNIL, through its Innovation and Foresight Laboratory, has been using such methods for the last decade to inform its regulatory actions. Recently, the institution also turned to design fiction to get a more experiential, situated, and mundane approach to possible futures. This talk will introduce this design practice within the framework of a data protection authority through case studies of design fiction projects conducted at the CNIL.

About our speaker

Estelle graduated from the Zurich University of Art and Design in 2015. She is a designer whose practice lies at the intersection between data, law and futures. Since 2016 she has been working at the Commission Nationale Informatique et Libertés (CNIL) where she addresses through speculative and participatory design approaches the issues of privacy and data protection.

June-July 2022, Bilbao (Spain)

This conference track of the larger DRS design conference will focus on the future of Legal Design.

“This Track is an opportunity to generate a shared language around what legal design could be and explore with the NuLawLab alternative roles for legal designers in the academy, professions, and beyond. Legal design is an emerging effort led by legal and design professionals applying design methods to challenges people face navigating legal systems, accessing legal services, and interacting with legal products. We see one outcome of successful legal design interventions as the enhancement of dignity for people dealing with legal institutions.

“However, much of the work in this space has tended to rely on commercial methods, often developed in corporate contexts where designers are narrowly focused on solving problems, rather than posing them, or asking questions. As a consequence, existing approaches to legal design remain largely affirmative, maintaining the status quo by resulting in proposals that are too narrow in scope, reductive in nature, or constrained in capacity to bring about critical reflection in or on the legal and design professions.

“This Track invites contributions that explore the role of designers in advancing legal design as an expanded practice of inquiry, critique, and action. The NuLawLab envisions a world where everyone is empowered to use the law and is equipped to both assert legal rights and question the role that law has in and on our lives. We believe that developing such an approach entails working with a different attitude toward a different direction than most of the field today.

“We see an opportunity for legal design to draw on the established theory and practice of critical design, a discursive approach to design that works to prompt critical reflection upon our everyday beliefs, values, and worldviews through speculative proposals. This Track seeks contributions that document steps taken, challenges faced, or lessons learned deploying critical, speculative, and experimental approaches to legal design in the legal or design academy, professions, and beyond.”

Past Events

Talk: Visual Advocacy: How to Make Law Less Boring

5 February 2019, Stanford Law School

Lawyers know how to use words. Lots of them. But many ideas are conveyed more powerfully through images, which lawyers — and law students — are often less adept at using. Join experienced and successful practitioners for this interactive workshop and discussion of how to make the law less boring through visual advocacy.

Featuring David Gross, Kate Razavi, and Helen Chacon of Faegre Baker Daniels, and Margaret Hagan of Legal Design Lab.

RSVP here, open to Stanford Law and the community.


12 December 2018, Groningen (The Netherlands)

The workshop “Legal Design as Academic Discipline: Foundations, Methodology, Applications”, organised by Arianna Rossi (University of Bologna and University of Luxembourg), Rossana Ducato (UCLouvain and Université Saint-Louis – Bruxelles), Margaret Hagan (Stanford University), Jorge Gabriel Jimenez (Stanford University), Monica Palmirani (University of Bologna) will take place during JURIX, the 31st international conference on Legal Knowledge and Information Systems.

It will be a half-day workshop, with a focus on active interaction among participants.

Part I:  this part of the workshop will be dedicated to short paper presentations. An interactive activity will follow, where the elements that act as lowest common denominator among all applications are identified and discussed in small groups.

Part II: this part of the workshop will be dedicated to a panel discussion where the elements emerged in part I will be summed up and critically discussed within the framework of the Legal Design Manifesto. Special attention will be devoted to critical points and potential issues represented by Legal Design methods.

Call for paper here

Working conference on visualizations & law

15-16 november 2018, Rotterdam (The Netherlands)

The Working conference, organised by Dr. Gabry Vanderveen & Jip Willink (Criminology, Erasmus School of Law, Erasmus University) aims to bring researchers, (legal) professionals, practitioners and businesses together to discuss how visuals actually work in the legal system, how they affect the people involved.

The working conference intends to result in a:

  • basis of an interdisciplinary (research) network
  • problem analysis
  • research agenda: an inventory of the most urgent and relevant research questions

Program here

Nordic Privacy Arena

13 november 2018, Stockholm (Sweden)

Keynotes speech by Helena Haapio on Legal design for better privacy communication. She will also participate to the panel User-friendly privacy policies.

Check the program here

Prototyping for Policy

8-10 November 2018, Stanford, California (United States)

Margaret Hagan, Jorge Gabriel Jimenez, and Verena Kontschieder host civic designers and technologists from government policy labs, university research centers, and industry policy teams to experiment with how we can use human-centered design methods to make public institutions work better for people.

Check the program here