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Courts of the Future Forum to tackle legal aspect of emerging technologies

The Forum will look into driverless cars, 3D printing, Blockchain and other emerging technologies

Courts of the Future Forum to tackle legal aspect of emerging technologies
(L-R) Mark Beer and Dr. Noah Raford.

Dubai International Financial Centre (DIFC) Courts and Dubai Future Foundation have partnered to create a new initiative that will tackle the legal implications of emerging technologies.

Dubbed the Courts of the Future Forum, the initiative will overlook the growth of technologies. The technologies under considerations include ownership and use of data; liability for cybersecurity incidents and data breaches; licensing standards for technology like autonomous cars, drones, 3D printing and Blockchain; insurance claims relating to active technology industries; the liability of intermediaries, including online platforms; and micro-payments and micro-disputes. 

The Forum will turn to global experts in law, technology, IT and business to identify new laws to help lawmakers and legal systems, along with designing guidelines. The initiative will help create certainty for businesses, investors and entrepreneurs currently unsure of the legal implications of rapid technological change.

The Forum will focus on three areas; creating legal clarity, coordinate with international lawmakers and investigate the development of smart dispute resolution services.

Mark Beer, co-chief executive and Registrar General of DIFC Courts, said: "Thinking through the judicial implications of emerging technologies is the Forum's first priority.

"The second is to unlock the power of the same innovations to transform the experience of using a court for the end-user, the legal sector and the judiciary itself. This new initiative is about thinking big for big business, thinking smart for small business and thinking ahead for businesses of the future."

His Excellency Abdulla bin Touq, acting CEO of the Dubai Future Foundation, added: "Dubai is becoming a global test bed for emerging technologies. It is essential that we also begin to test the regulatory frameworks and protections that will help these technologies, and the companies developing them, succeed."

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