Contracts as interfaces: Exploring visual representation patterns in contract design

Helena Haapio, Stefania Passera

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The world of contracts is undergoing fundamental changes. This is partly due to technology: there can be tremendous benefits from self-enforcing, machine-readable contracts. But these technologies are not used everywhere. Many contracts continue to be performed by people. In the context of commercial deals and relationships,1 a vast number of contracts still need to be planned, understood, approved, implemented, and monitored by people.2 Initiatives across the world seek to innovate contracting processes and documents and develop more effective, engaging ways for people to work with them. This chapter focuses on these initiatives and the need to make contracts truly human-readable.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationLegal Informatics
EditorsDaniel Katz, Michael Bommarito, Ron Dolin
PublisherCambridge University Press
Publication statusAccepted/In press - 2019
MoE publication typeA3 Part of a book or another research book

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