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The Liquid Legal Institute is an open and interdisciplinary platform for promoting a new way of thinking in the legal sector. Digitization, new business models and technological innovations are currently changing all major industries worldwide. However, the legal sector has not yet benefited sufficiently from these trends. The Liquid Legal Institute was founded by seven experts from legal practice, design thinking and computer science to close this gap. Each member of the interdisciplinary founding group contributes a valuable aspect to the promotion of Liquid Legal.

Our aim is to create a neutral and non-profit platform for discussion, exchange, and cooperation in order to identify and promote new thinking in the legal sector together with our partners and affiliates, and the growing membership.

We believe in the power of collaboration, co-innovation and simplification. We want to be influenced by the vision and needs of all stakeholders. Join us!

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The vision of the Liquid Legal Institute follows the announcement of being “a platform for leading legal professionals that offers a new perspective on the accelerating transformation in legal”. It all started with an interdisciplinary and open-minded group of experts that identified the factors of a successful but also unsuccessful transformation. They have collected their knowledge and made it publicly available to the community. Since then we are continuously working on the idea of establishing a platform following the main principles of the liquid legal institute: the 10 drops of liquid legal.

In concrete projects we want to address relevant topics and advance the new way of thinking in the legal industry. Within these projects we cooperate with leading companies and institutions and share our knowledge and insights with the community. We want to become a non-profit, technology-affine and open collaboration platform for legal departments, law firms, technology providers, government, legislation, academic institutions, and universities. To follow our strategy, we focus on four complementary areas, namely digitalization, standardization, legal design, and access to justice.


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We believe in collaboration as a means to liberate the creative potential of individuals and to achieve more together.


We leverage technology wherever possible to reduce manual efforts and free the human mind.


We leverage our combined insights to question the status-quo and pave the way for innovations.


We set standards to facilitate exchange and increase the efficiency of cooperation.


We use the human-centric techniques of Design-Thinking to reflect a large variety of different perspectives and unveil the true nature of complex challenges.


We think globally and view different cultures and traditions as an enrichment and not as a threat to national identities.


We are enthusiastic about what we do and use our enthusiasm to excite others.


We combine the unique strengths of different disciplines to find holistic and sustainable solutions to problems.


We are non-profit – because we feel helping others is a reward in itself.


We share the results of our collaborative efforts with all interested parties.

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the founders


Head of Legal EMEA & Global Legal Shared Services NetApp Inc. IACCM Vice Chair Europe of the Board (until October 2018)

Legal-Liquid-Institute Dr Dierk Schindler

Dierk was founding partner of a law firm in Munich before he joined NetApp Inc., in 2005, to build NetApp’s EMEA Legal Team and the Deal Management function. Today, Dierk is the Head of Legal EMEA, as well as the Head of Global Legal Shared Services. Dierk served as the Vice Chair Europe & Officer on the Board of Directors of IACCM (International Association of Commercial & Contract Management) until October 2018. He is the co-editor of the book “LIQUID LEGAL” (Springer) that covers the profound transformation in the Legal industry. Dierk regularly presents at business & peer groups, as well as at universities across Europe, on privacy, digitization & innovation.

Traditional boundaries in our industry collapse. Digitization disrupts WHAT lawyers do, HOW they do itand it also demands a new answer to: ‘WHY are we needed?’ The quest to determine the unique value that we, as lawyers, bring to the table in a digitized world is both, challenging and exciting! – Let’s go!


Lawyer and Consultant
Legal Design & Legal Tech


Astrid is both, an educated lawyer and a mediadesigner. She combines the disciplines law and design for over a decade and is now a so called „legal designer“. She is a pioneer in developing design thinking methods for the legal industry. She worked for more than 10 years as head of Marketing & Communications in the legal service industry at ERGO Insurance Group, a subsidiary of Munich Re and is engaged as a consultant for legal transformation and development of new legal services. Astrid has a long-standing experience in marketing, design, consulting and leadership based on a background in law, media design, strategy consulting and design thinking.

As a pionieer in legal design I transfer design thinking methods to the challenges of the legal market. My goal ist to establish new methods for co-innovation and co-creation to jointly develop a humancentered legal ecosystem in the context of digitalisation. I believe in radical interdisciplinarity as a keydriver to make law easier to access and to develop  meaningful, usercentric solutions.


Global VP Legal Information Management at SAP,
IACCM Chairman of the Board (until October 2018)

Legal-Liquid-Institute Kai Jacob

Kai, a lawyer by education, joined SAP in 2008 and heads the Global Contract Management Services team since 2011. In 2015, he was promoted to Global VP, assuming additional responsibility for Legal Information Management, aiming to support the digital transformation of the legal function. Kai joined the IACCM (International Association of Contract and Commercial Management) in 2004, became a member of its Board of Directors in 2012, and from January 2018 until October 2018 serving as Chairman of the Board. Kai is a regular speaker at conferences and engaged in various round-tables, boards and initiatives in support of his vision of LIQUID LEGAL.

Once you experienced the power of ‘&’, you will never return to your old habits. We should all stop the lonely uphill battle that focusses on ‘optimization in isolation’. Instead we should invest in collaboration and co-innovation, with trust becoming the ultimate key success factors of our times!

Dr. Bernhard Waltl

Data Scientist | BMW Group AG


Bernhard has been an academic researcher and designs, develops, and evaluates technology and methods transforming the future of law. In 2017 he was invited from the Stanford University CodeX: Center for Legal Informatics where he conducted research on text mining and artificial intelligence in the legal domain. He is part of an international network of leading researchers from computer science, informatics, and legal science, and organizes scientific workshops at relevant conferences. He successfully had many projects with industry partners on text mining for the legal domain and also consulting projects for governments on algorithmic-decision-making.

Accurate Algorithms, Digital Data, and Powerful Infrastructures will transform the 21st century. Collaboration is the key to a successful transformation.


Deutscher AnwaltSpiegel / German Law Publishers

Legal-Liquid-Institute Thomas Wegerich

Thomas Wegerich studied law at the University of Münster. Study visits, legal clerkship and doctorate with Bernhard Großfeld took him to San Francisco, London, Birmingham, Cambridge, Speyer and Frankfurt.

Thomas Wegerich has long held various management positions in leading legal publishing houses. In 2006 he founded the publishing house German Law Publishers, which today operates numerous top-class journalistic projects, networks and event formats as part of a joint venture with F.A.Z. Fachverlag.

In the book and e-book segment, German Law Publishers cooperates with the renowned London publisher Globe Law and Business.

Since 2009, Thomas Wegerich has also been the founder and editor of the online magazines Deutscher AnwaltSpiegel, DisputeResolution, Compliance Business, Intellectual Property Magazin, E-Justice-Magazin and the English-language online publications Business Law Magazine and Labor Law Magazine.

In addition, Thomas Wegerich is active as a member of the Executive Faculty at the Center on the Legal Profession (Bucerius Law School) and as a member of the Legal Committee of the Chamber of Industry and Commerce in Frankfurt.

The legal market is undergoing fundamental change. With the Liquid Legal Institute we would like to accompany and advance this process – together with the relevant players from all areas.


Global Business Expert

Legal-Liquid-Institute Roger Strathausen

Dr. Roger Strathausen is a global business expert with experience in organizational design, process modeling, corporate universities, talent strategy, coaching and functional team building. Dr. Strathausen previously was an executive at Accenture and an employee at SAP. He is co-editor of the „Liquid Legal“ compendium (Springer 2017), author of Leading When You Are Not the Boss“ (Apress 2015), and a speaker on topics of leadership and learning.  Strathausen earned his PhD from Stanford University while on Fulbright and Stanford Dissertation Fellowships, and his MA from the University of Tübingen.

The legal industry is shifting from a paradigm of security to one of opportunity.


Counsel at Allen & Overy

Legal-Liquid-Institute Jens Wagner

Dr. Jens Wagner is a Counsel at Allen & Overy’s Corporate department and based in the Munich office. As German Rechtsanwalt he advises on corporate governance, corporate actions and group-internal reorganisations, having an industry-focus on telecommunications, media and technology. He published widely on German and European company law. Recently he has also published on legal tech. Jens Wagner is member of Allen & Overy’s legal tech group.

The legal transformation brings completely new dimensions into the legal practice