Man versus Machine: Using Legal Tech to Optimize the Rule of Law

11 Pages Posted: 24 Sep 2016 Last revised: 8 Oct 2016

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Martin Fries

University of Munich - Center for International Law

Date Written: September 24, 2016


The growing digitization of our living environment has tremendous effects on private law and the enforcement of private rights. During the last couple of years, the legal system has significantly changed: The modern client goes shopping online, he searches online for first legal aid, and it is again the Internet where lawyers get in touch with many of their clients. Anyway, the real impact of digitization is yet to come. Sooner or later, we will have to deal with fundamental questions regarding the design of the future legal system: What are the factual rules that govern the contractual matters of modern e-commerce? How does this affect the enforcement of the rule of law as set by our legislative bodies? What are the most suitable tools to meet the legal demands of consumers? How does it strike us if one day robot lawyers start to compete with traditional attorneys? This article provides an overview of the consequences of digitization on the rule of law and its enforcement and sketches the most important regulatory challenges within this domain.

Keywords: Legal Tech, Rule of Law, Digitization, Private Law, E-Commerce, Legal Profession, Law Enforcement, Judiciary

JEL Classification: C88, K12, K20, K33, K40, K41, L86, O31, O33

Suggested Citation

Fries, Martin, Man versus Machine: Using Legal Tech to Optimize the Rule of Law (September 24, 2016). Available at SSRN: or

Martin Fries (Contact Author)

University of Munich - Center for International Law ( email )

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