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A New Attitude to Law’s Empire: The Potentialities of Legal Design

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Publication date21/10/2021
Host publicationLegal Design: Integrating Business, Design, and Legal Thinking with Technology
EditorsMarcelo Corrales Compagnucci, Helena Haapio, Margaret Hagan, Michael Doherty
Place of PublicationCheltenham
PublisherEdward Elgar
Number of pages8
ISBN (Electronic)9781839107269
ISBN (Print)9781839107252
<mark>Original language</mark>English


Legal Design is a movement to make the law work better for people. This chapter makes the case that Legal Design constitutes a new attitude to law that reveals potential benefits in making law more participatory and human-centered. Despite its often radical departure from culturally inherited perceptions of what legal services look like and involve, Legal Design involves a turning towards law’s virtues of certainty, direction, order and justice. The diverse applications of Legal Design in this collection show that it brings new opportunities to, in Dworkin’s phrase, cast law in its best light. These contributions range across prototyping policy, proactive lawyering and effective contracting, the law/design cultural relationship, intellectual property, consumer and tenant protections, dispute resolution and legal education. The collection comes at a time when Legal Design is still in its emergent phase as a cognate field of activity, a new sub-discipline, and it contributes to the ongoing dialogue on the methods, mindsets and goals of Legal Design.