Get Involved in the Biennial Summit

The World Legal Summit’s (WLS) primary program is the biennial two part initiative. It happens across two days in host locations in dozens of countries, across all major world regions. Its inaugural year was in 2019 (#WLS2019), bringing together stakeholders across government, technology, academia, and the legal sectors. The summit is designed to bridge the gap between legal and technology domains. It empowers global collaboration in building awareness and understanding of key issues surrounding the adoption and governance of emerging technologies, with a focus on supporting future digitally enabled systems.

Part one is focused on building the research and understanding about our core techno-legal domains, and part two is focused on building the environment for technologists to learn and apply the insights from part one into their projects and technologies.

Who: Audience members and panelists consist of:

  • Legal professionals and regulators
  • Government and policy professionals
  • Academics and think tank representatives
  • Technologists and tech company executives

Those who attend and present are professionals that work at the intersection of law and technology. They are either sharing or learning about the legal and regulatory frameworks that affect emerging technologies.

What: Presentations and discussions at each location focus on the WLS Techno-Legal Pillars:

  • Identity and Decentralized Technologies
  • AI and Autonomous Systems
  • Personal Data Governance

Outcome: Each participating jurisdiction hosts a local edition of the World Legal Summit that is facilitated by individuals and organizations at the local level. Each location has panelists and an expert audience that contributes insights and discussion designed to drive better understanding of the legal and regulatory frameworks dealing with emerging technologies. The focus is on emerging governance frameworks and how we can best ensure the sustainability of these core technologies and the global digitally enabled systems they’re making possible.

Each edition results in the publication of a global insights digital report, which is a collection of insights from each participating jurisdiction, along with additional research performed by the global team and expert contributors.

View: #WLS2019 Global Report

What: Technologists are invited to join a select group of legal and governance professionals to learn about and integrate legal insights into their projects and technologies. Technologists have opportunity to work side by side legal and governance professionals in the improvement of their technologies, so that these technologies are better prepared to support sustainable future global systems.

Who: Engineers, scientists, entrepreneurs, and other professionals working in technology, come here with their teams to learn about emerging legal frameworks that will directly affect their projects. Legal and governance professionals come here to support these teams in the application of legal insights to the improvement of their technologies.

  • Technology corporations and startups
  • Legal and policy professionals that work in technology
  • Government teams developing technologies
  • Innovation hubs and their project teams
  • Technologists: engineers, research scientists, data professionals and more

Outcome: Technology teams will leave with a greater understanding of the legal frameworks affecting their technologies and will have opportunity to contribute their feedback on the practicality of these frameworks as they apply to the real world governance of these technologies.

The WLS is most interested in supporting the sustainability of future digitally enabled systems through core technologies. The intent is to support technologists who are building these technologies, with the understanding of legal frameworks so that they can continue to evolve their work safely and rapidly. Each location will select one team that has a project that is particularly well suited to supporting the evolution of future global systems in a sustainable manor. This team will be submitted to the Global Panel, and will have the opportunity to be selected for the “Global Impact Award”.

#WLS2019 Global Impact Award Recipient: Internet Bar Organization (IBO) for their work in digital identity