Presentation by Zbynek Loebl of the e-Justice ODR scheme project.
In order to navigate among this diversified future online justice environment, many are the elements that should be taken into account.
First, the applications used by online courts, but also the apps used by the parties in order to access the online dispute resolution platforms in different languages and different judicial traditions will need to understand each other and communicate with each other. Their relationship should be as among equals, i.e. peer-to-peer for everybody (for every application), to ensure and improve the right of access to justice for everybody on technological and content levels.
Moreover, the decentralized online justice will also need massive sharing of (anonymized) data in order to develop and implement machine learning for the benefit of the future data-driven processes. Such data sharing will require new public and private services and their governance (e.g. within the new legislative framework of the EU Data Governance Act).
Finally, the future decentralized online environment will also need new technology, because the current internet is based on computers understanding and communicating with each other but NOT the applications. The current browser–server architecture has lead to centralized control of most of the data, not supporting decentralization. Therefore, new emerging technologies are vital for the future online justice.
The E-Justice ODR Scheme is DG Justice supported project which addresses the aforementioned challenges of the future transnational online justice aiming at providing, at the end of the two years project, open specifications which are necessary to (i) start developing open e-justice platforms according to variable concepts and goals of their operators; and (ii) start designing and developing online access tools for the parties which will guide the parties through various dispute resolution options (e.g. via standard disclosure protocols corresponding to the various e-justice ODR procedural options) and assist them in finding good solutions.
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