Speculative Legal Design to think big about system reform

At this year’s Legal Design Roundtable in Brussels, many legal designers presented on what methods they are using for legal reform.

One main theme was around Speculative Design, in which groups of users and experts create future visions — both optimistic and dystopian— about how the justice system might be in 50 or 100 years.

Speculating about our future can:

  • Help us see our present design more clearly, to critique it
  • Lay out goals and risks for the future
  • Inspire more long-term planning and future-proofing of reforms
  • Encourage more participation in legal reform, by making policy making more creative and approachable

Here are my sketches of the presentations.