Design Patterns for Contracts

Erich Schweighofer et al. (Eds.) Networks. Proceedings of the 19th International Legal Informatics Symposium IRIS 2016. Österreichische Computer Gesellschaft OCG, Wien 2016, pp. 381-388 (ISBN 978-3-903035-09-6).

Jusletter IT, 25 February 2016

8 Pages Posted: 14 Mar 2016 Last revised: 30 Jun 2017

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Helena Haapio

University of Vaasa, Department of Economics and Business Law ; Lexpert Ltd

Margaret Hagan

Stanford Legal Design Lab; Stanford Law School

Date Written: February 25, 2016

Abstract

Law as a profession has much in common with architecture and engineering. In contexts as diverse as business transactions, legislative work, and mediation, lawyers have been called legal architects or engineers. We propose seeing contracts as things or artefacts – something to be designed – and borrowing from architects and engineers the idea of design patterns: solutions to recurring problems. Our examples illustrate how design patterns may relate to contract forms, templates, or clauses, but also go way beyond. The paper concludes with an agenda for an open design pattern library for contracts, seeking to help share examples and best practices that enable better contract design and communication.

Keywords: Contract crafting, contract design, contracting, information design, interaction design, patterns, pattern language, pattern library, users, visualization

Suggested Citation

Haapio, Helena and Hagan, Margaret, Design Patterns for Contracts (February 25, 2016). Erich Schweighofer et al. (Eds.) Networks. Proceedings of the 19th International Legal Informatics Symposium IRIS 2016. Österreichische Computer Gesellschaft OCG, Wien 2016, pp. 381-388 (ISBN 978-3-903035-09-6). . Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2747280

Helena Haapio (Contact Author)

University of Vaasa, Department of Economics and Business Law ( email )

P.O. Box 700
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Vaasa, FI-65101
Finland

Lexpert Ltd ( email )

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Helsinki, FI-00170
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Margaret Hagan

Stanford Legal Design Lab ( email )

559 Nathan Abbott Way
Stanford, CA 94305
United States

HOME PAGE: http://margarethagan.com

Stanford Law School ( email )

559 Nathan Abbott Way
Stanford, CA 94305-8610
United States

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