Legal Specification Protocol Development
Initial Working Session: Computable Contracts Focus

By Invitation Only

WHEN Sept. 8-9, 2017
WHERE Stanford Law School

Legal Specification Protocol Development Initial Working Session: Computable Contracts Focus
By Invitation Only

Hosted by: CodeX - The Stanford Center for Legal Informatics

With the participation of: The Legal Technology Laboratory, the Office of Financial Research of the U.S. Treasury, the University of Colorado Law School, and Vermont Law School.

Supported by: the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation

CodeX – The Stanford Center for Legal Informatics hosts a working meeting September 8 - 9, 2017, at Stanford Law School. We will launch a process for developing a Legal Specification Protocol, beginning with an initial focus on computational contracts.

Please register here. To facilitate our planning, please register at your earliest convenience.

Registration is free; individuals will need to cover costs of their own participation, including travel and lodging.

Can’t attend in person? Please indicate when you register - we’re exploring remote participation for portions of the meeting.

Summary Schedule

Friday, September 8, 9am - 5:30pm (reception to follow)
Plenary Session
Paul Brest Hall
Stanford University
555 Salvatierra Walk
Stanford, CA 94305

Saturday, September 9, 9am - 3:30pm
Working Groups

Stanford Law School (Classroom Building)
Crown Quadrangle
559 Nathan Abbott Way
Stanford, CA 94305

Purpose and Goals

Purpose: The goal of this working meeting is to gather a number of stakeholders ranging from entrepreneurial business leaders to legal service providers, technology companies, academics, and government agencies to begin a process that will lead to the promulgation of a coordinated, interoperable standard for embodying contracts and other legal formulations as executable computer code: a Legal Specification Protocol (LSP).

Outcome Goals: The development of a working understanding of the “stack” of elements in the LSP, particularly as appropriate for computable contracting;

The development of a working understanding of the elements in the data/event specification that will suit it for legal process automation;

The development of targets for implementation in software applications;

The organization of working groups that will tackle the elements of the stack and the targeted applications;

Agreement on a framework for the standard-setting process going forward;

The setting of next gathering(s) of the process;

The recruitment and commitment of additional leaders for work, funding, and convening.

Approach: The development of a standard is a long process, requiring the constructive input of many stakeholders in an iterative process. Our meeting is intended as a starting point in such a process. Standard-setting also requires compromise, and a willingness to let go of some of the good, established work that has been accomplished so far. The organizers encourage the exploration of this existing work, and will put some of their own ideas on the table to provoke discussion. It is not our intention, however, to privilege any particular existing approach, including our own. Rather, it is our hope that a widely shared standard can emerge that includes the capability of communicating and interacting with many of the legacy approaches that have been developed, enabling them to be more interoperable, rather than less so.

Questions and Further Information

For questions, please contact Additional information, including a short descriptive white paper on the application of the LSP to the contractual space, is available at