Mapping the Future of Law. 17/18 June 2021

Una Europa Virtual Seminar

The Future Law Lab of Jagiellonian University in Krakow, Poland, cordially invites you for a two-day short, virtual seminar titled “Mapping the Future of Law.” The event aims to facilitate dialogue between established scholars and junior researchers from the universities making up the Una Europa Alliance. We want to create a space of mutual learning, enabling the participants to share their present work, take a glimpse at the frontier of research in areas other than their own, and allow new ideas to spark and grow.

We can’t predict the future, but we can try to steer it in certain directions. To do so, however, we need a firm understanding of the current trends shaping our societies. Digitalization is one of them. With more spheres of life moving online, the world is getting smaller, yet inequalities are growing. Unprecedented amounts of data are generated, leading to both good and malicious uses of the new technologies. As certain old centers of power wither, new ones emerge. The law plays a role in causing these transformations and has a role to play in making sure that the weakest among us are not harmed while the benefits are justly shared.

All these rapid socio-technological changes affect legal scholarship. On the one hand, new kinds of questions need answering. On the other, new methods of addressing them become available. And each one of us is a participant-observer in these changes.