Global Legal Hackathon 2019

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Event Details

22 February 2019 at 4:00 pm – 24 February 2019 at 8:00 pm
Learning & Teaching Building, Monash University, Clayton Campus (Building 19, Ancora Imparo Way, Clayton, VIC 3800)


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The countdown is on!

You are invited to the Global Legal Hackathon, taking place in 40 cities worldwide over the weekend of 22 - 24 February 2019.

What is the Global Legal Hackathon?

The Global Legal Hackathon brings together the world's leading legal thinkers and doers in support of a unified vision: rapid development of tech solutions to progress the legal industry and the function of law and justice.

Following the success of the inaugural Global Legal Hackathon in 2018, Monash Law is again hosting the Melbourne Global Legal Hackathon, proudly supported by KPMG.

  • Do you have a tech solution to fix some of the legal industry's biggest problems?
  • Do you want to engage with some of the industry’s most high profile people in the legal tech space?

What solutions will teams work on during the Global Legal Hackathon?

You can pitch your own idea at the start of the GLH to get a team on board, or you can choose to solve a problem supplied for you by our industry partners. Teams will be required to develop solutions that fit into either of these two categories:

  1. Progressing the business of law; or
  2. Facilitating access to justice

For more information on how to pick an idea and potential challenges visit here.

How can I get involved?

You don't need to be a tech whiz or a lawyer to take part. If you're a problem solver looking for a challenge, with a background in any of the following, the Global Legal Hackathon is for you:

  • University students
  • Entrepreneurs
  • Lawyers (at any career stage - from grads to partners, paralegals to judges)
  • In-house counsel
  • Tech enthusiasts
Want to be a mentor instead? Help teams reach their full potential by lending a helping hand and sharing your professional expertise. Expressions of interest for mentors are open here. If your expression of interest proceeds to the next stage, we'll be in touch with more information.

Event details

Date: Friday 22 February - Sunday 24 February 2019
Venue: Learning & Teaching Building, Monash University, Clayton Campus (Building 19, Ancora Imparo Way, Clayton, VIC 3800) (map)
Questions? Check out these FAQs
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What ideas can I pitch to the Hackathon?

The sky's the limit! You can pitch your own idea or solve a problem supplied for you by our industry partners. You’ll also have mentors on hand to help you craft your solution.

What’s in it for me?

Build your skills, knowledge and employability by making sure you’re part of the biggest legal hackathon on earth. You’ll be competing for a place at a global showcase of the best legal-tech innovations in the world. Come with your own ideas or form a team with friends.


Each submission will be judged by a team of leading legal and tech figures including:

Stewart Rasmussen, KPMG, Director, Legal Technology.

Anna Lozynski, L’Oreal & Legally Innovative, Executive General Counsel and Thought Leader.

Michael Dodge, Arnold Bloch Leibler, Partner.

Professor The Honourable  Jennifer Acton, Monash University, Law Faculty, Business Woman, Company Director & Academic.

See full bios below.


A variety of mentors will be available on Saturday and Sunday to assist teams with brainstorming and idea generation, and provide a third party perspective to projects and initiatives that enhance the delivery of legal services.

Please see here for a list of Mentors.


The event will be held in the state-of-the-art Learning & Teaching Building, at Monash University's Clayton Campus.

There will be free parking at the campus during the following times, in designated car parking areas:

Friday 22 Feb - Free parking in red and blue permit zones, as well as the metred zones, AFTER 4pm
Saturday 23 Feb - Free parking in red and blue permit zones
Sunday 24 Feb -  Free parking in red and blue permit zones

Please see the closest car parking facilities map here. Contact Monash Transport and Parking on 03 9902 0222 for further information.

Address: 19 Ancora Imparo Way, Clayton, VIC 3800

For more information on the Global Legal Hackathon check out the FAQs.

2018 Highlights

In 2018 the Global Legal Hackathon featured more than 5000 participants in over 40 cities around the world.

The winner of the Monash Law event, ANIKA, was selected from over 600 teams to proceed as a finalist to the final round in New York City, finishing as runners up.

Here's some highlights from the 2018 event.


Stewart Rasmussen
Director, Legal Technology

Stewart is a Director of Legal Technology and leads KPMG’s applied legal technology team nationally. Stewart helps clients across the full lifecycle of technology-led innovation; from root-cause issue analysis, through to ideation, solution design, implementation as well as the continuous improvement and optimisation of use.

Stewart brings a commercial and strategic approach to navigating the legal technology landscape, focusing on identifying practical solutions that contribute to operational performance and deliver appropriate return on effort.

He leverages an extensive professional background within leading global legal technology companies in the UK and Australia.

Stewart’s areas of expertise include: digital transformation; legal services; operative effectiveness; process and workflow improvements; and tech innovation

Anna Lozynski
L’Oreal & Legally Innovative
Executive General Counsel and Thought Leader

Anna Lozynski is an executive general counsel and author. She believes that legal innovation is invigorating, change is energising and efficiency will never go out of fashion. Anna has studied law in Melbourne, Beijing, Utrecht and Boston.

Starting out at a major Australian law firm, she has spent the majority of her legal career in-house working in the banking, automotive and cosmetics industries. Described as a change agent, Anna is a sought-after commentator and speaker both domestically and internationally – seeking to shift the dialogue in order to propel the profession forward.

Anna was named in the GC Powerlist Australia 2018 and is a multiple Legal Award Finalist (Individual and Team).

Anna has been short listed as a finalist across:
A) APAC Legal Innovation Index - Innovative Team of the Year 2018
B) ACC Australia Awards (Small) Team of the Year 2018
C) Australian Law Awards - General Counsel of the Year 2016 & 2017; and
D) ACC Australia - Corporate Lawyer of the Year 2016.

Michael Dodge
Arnold Bloch Leibler

Michael Dodge has extensive commercial law experience across the entire corporate lifecycle. He has acted on the full range of fundraising transactions both debt and equity from seed and growth funding through to IPO. Michael's experience also encompasses debt and equity transactions in secondaries markets. Michael has also been involved in mergers, acquisitions and exits from investments through IPO and trade sales.

Michael's breadth of experience makes him ideally placed to work on corporate reconstructions, in which the entire capital structure (both debt and equity) is being reshaped. Examples of Michael's work in this area include the reconstructions of Centro and Nine Entertainment which were both successfully returned to the ASX.

Michael has acted for companies across a broad range of market sectors including technology, retail, mining, property, industrials and infrastructure.

The Honourable Professor Jennifer Acton
Monash University, Law Faculty
Business Woman, Company Director & Academic

The Honourable Professor Jennifer Acton is a long standing Board Chair and Non-Executive Director. She has particular expertise in sound governance, corporate culture, ethical and evidence based decision-making and stakeholder engagement. Her experience includes the finance, logistics, ports, transport, water and education industries.

She is the Principal of her business consultancy which advises companies and government on workplace relations matters.

She is also a Professor of Law at Monash University with more than 20 years' experience in dealing with and making judgments on complex investigations and litigation, including as a Presidential member of industrial tribunals. She was awarded the Centenary Medal in 2001 for her significant contribution to Australian society.

She holds Bachelor and Masters degrees in Economics, as well as Law, and was awarded the Supreme Court Prize in Law. She is a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

She is also a Barrister and Solicitor of the Supreme Court of Victoria and has been accredited as a mediator under the Australian National Mediator Standards.


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