Contract Continuum: From Text to Images, Comics, and Code
In Erich Schweighofer et al. (Eds.), Trends and Communities of Legal Informatics. Proceedings of the 20th International Legal Informatics Symposium IRIS 2017. Österreichische Computer Gesellschaft, Wien 2017, pp. 411–418 (ISBN 978-3-903035-15-7)
in Jusletter IT, 23 February 2017
8 Pages Posted: 9 Mar 2017 Last revised: 15 Mar 2017
Date Written: February 23, 2017
Contracts are undergoing fundamental changes. New technology and new design are transforming the look and feel of contracts, and entirely new contract genres are being born. Smart, self-enforcing contracts promise to disrupt how contracts are made and executed. This paper illustrates how the world of contracting is embracing the transformation away from purely textual contracts to completely new genres. After exploring the different users of contracts we propose a continuum and categorisation of the emerging genres and conclude with a vision of more functional, useful, and usable contracts.
Keywords: Contract representation, comic contracts, computable contracts, contract genres, contract innovation, design, intelligent contracts, smart contracts, simplification, visualisation
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