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

See all articles by Helena Haapio

Helena Haapio

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

Daniela Plewe

National University of Singapore (NUS) - University of Scholars Programme

Robert deRooy

Independent

Date Written: February 23, 2017

Abstract

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

Suggested Citation

Haapio, Helena and Plewe, Daniela and deRooy, Robert, Contract Continuum: From Text to Images, Comics, and Code (February 23, 2017). 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). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2928604 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2928604

Helena Haapio (Contact Author)

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

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Vaasa, FI-65101
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Lexpert Ltd ( email )

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Daniela Plewe

National University of Singapore (NUS) - University of Scholars Programme ( email )

21 Lower Kent Ridge Rd
Singapore, 119077
Malaysia

HOME PAGE: http://www.usp.nus.edu.sg

Robert DeRooy

Independent ( email )

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