The purpose of this Summit is to convene Legal Hackers chapter organizers to meet in person, share experiences, learn from each other, and plan activities for 2019. It provides an opportunity to get to know the legal innovation community in our gracious host city, Singapore, and will take place on the heels of the Singapore Fintech Fest, the largest fintech conference in the world.


The Summit also provides a remarkable opportunity to contribute to the State of Legal Innovation in Asia-Pacific Report. Singapore Academy of Law, Singapore Management University and Legal Hackers are working on this highly-anticipated report, which is slated to be presented at the 2019 Future Law Conference. This Report will be the culmination of comprehensive informational exchange and collaboration between experts across APAC on the topic of legal innovation.


Jameson Dempsey
Director of Legal Hackers

Jameson is a technology attorney and community builder who currently serves on the board of directors of Legal Hackers. His work has earned him recommendations in Legal500 (Data Protection and Privacy), a 2016 “Fastcase 50” award, and fellowships with the Internet Law & Policy Foundry and CodeX - The Stanford Center for Legal Informatics. Jameson has spoken globally about technology policy and legal innovation.

Ji En Lee
Co-organizer of Legal Hackers

Ji En is the co-organiser of Legal Hackers Singapore, as well as an advocate and solicitor at BMS Law LLC. His practice is focused on civil litigation and criminal defence, as well as providing startup legal advice. Before he became a lawyer, Ji En worked in various tech startups. He now combines his interests in law and technology to build the legal tech community in Singapore.


Goh Yihan

Yihan is the Dean at Singapore Management University's School of Law. In recognition of his invaluable contributions to the development and advancement of Singapore law, he is a recipient of the Singapore Academy of Law Singapore Law Merit Award. Yihan is also a board member of the Singapore Institute of Legal Studies and Singapore Judicial College, and has been appointed amicus curiae before the Singapore Court of Appeal and High Court.

Yeong Zee Kin

Yeong Zee Kin is Assistant Chief Executive (Data Innovation and Protection Group) of the Infocomm Media Development Authority of Singapore, and Deputy Commissioner of the Personal Data Protection Commission. His work includes overseeing the enforcement of Singapore's data protection laws; guiding IMDA’s Artificial Intelligence and Data Industry development strategy; developing forward-thinking governance on AI and data; driving a pipeline of AI talent; promoting industry adoption of AI and data analytics; and building specific AI and data science capabilities in Singapore.

Rajesh Sreenivasan

Rajesh heads the TMT Practice at Rajah & Tann, and has been advising clients on matters relating to technology, cybersecurity, data protection, cloud computing, digital forensics and digital media for over 20 years. Rajesh has been engaged by the ASEAN Secretariat to facilitate a pan-ASEAN forum on reforms to address the convergence of IT, telecoms and broadcasting. He has been cited as a leading lawyer in the TMT sector by all major legal ranking agencies, and is recognised in the regional top 10 pioneer list of standout legal sector innovators by Financial Times’ 2018 Asia Pacific Innovative Lawyers report. 

Brian Tang
Panellist; Hong Kong Chapter

Brian Tang is the Managing Director of the Asia Capital Markets Institute (ACMI) and founding Executive Director of Hong Kong University's LITE Lab@HKU, a new interdisciplinary lab fostering Law, Innovation, Technology and Entrepreneurship. Brian organised Hong Kong's first legaltech and regtech hackathon and co-chairs the RegTech Committee of the Fintech Association of Hong Kong. He has previously worked in Wall Street law firm Sullivan & Cromwell in New York and Silicon Valley and global investment bank Credit Suisse in Hong Kong.

Zokhruf Ahmad
Lahore Chapter

Zokhruf is a consultant specializing in Tech, Intellectual Property and Corporate law who has partnered with an IT company, Allied Consultants to help clients find technological solutions to their business problems, legal problems and everything in between.

Narae Lee
Seoul Chapter

Narae Lee is a partner and General legal counsel of Block Crafters, Co. Ltd. Having worked at Kiwoom Securities Co. Ltd (online broker-dealer), eBay Korea (e-commerce company), Kakao page (platform operator for content) as Legal Counsel, she has expertise in commercial law.

Eli Bernstein
Perth Chapter

Eli Bernstein is founder of CryptIQ and VP (Blockchain) at IEG Banking. He has extensive experience in innovation and commercialisation of fintech and legaltech projects with particular interest in Blockchain and AI technologies.

Anoosha Shaigan
Lahore Chapter

Anoosha is an Advocate of Lahore High Court and a student of LLM in Computer & Communications Law at Queen Mary UK. She serves as Vice President at Courting The Law, Pakistan's first legal news and analysis portal that leverages various technologies to innovate access to justice.

Maurice Rabb
Tokyo Chapter

Maurice Rabb is a California attorney living in Tokyo, Japan; he runs the Tokyo Chapter of Legal Hackers and, a legal tech focused website.

Ananda Pratama
Bali Chapter

Ananda is a member of Peradi, licensed lawyer, certified legal auditor, and member of the Association of Indonesian Translators. Ananda is a founder of the Asian Law Students' Association (ALSA) in Udayana University, and is also actively involved in youth capacity building causes in Little Circle Foundation.

Robert O'Brien
Wellington Chapter

Robert's expertise consists of a mix of computational law, economics, finance, smart contracts, identity and privacy. He will be exploring the idea and practice of turning legislation into machine-consumable ‘digital rules’ that can be reused and integrated across different domains.

Kanan Dhru
India Chapter

Kanan is the founder of Lawtoons, LawForMe, and Research Foundation for Governance in India. She has over 10 years of experience in the areas of law, policy-making and justice innovations. Kanan consults governments at the state and central level in India, advises non-profit organisations, mentors startups and manages international communities. In 2014, she won the “Innovating Justice Award” at the International Court of Justice in the Hague.

Rochelle Furneaux
Wellington Chapter

Rochelle specialises in commercial advice and documents, especially in the creative and technology industries. She will be speaking on a summary of the issues facing better rules drafting in New Zealand's government and legislation areas.

Tony Lai
Hong Kong Chapter

Tony Lai is the Co-Founder and CEO of, a legal technology company providing referral management and legal empowerment systems and solutions. As an Entrepreneurial Fellow at CodeX, Stanford's Center for Legal informatics, Tony leads the Blockchain Group, a neutral forum for regulators and policy-makers to convene with academics, professionals, and technologists across Stanford and the wider Blockchain community.

Jerrold Soh

Jerrold is the co-founder of Lex Quanta, a startup that’s building analytics tools and outcome simulators for the legal industry. He is also a lecturer at Singapore Management University and the co-founder of alt+Law, a legal technology interest group that has been invited to present its legal technology projects to the Ministry of Law and the Committee of Future Economy.


Day 0: 15 November


1. Singapore Fintech Festival

The Singapore Fintech Festival is the largest fintech event in the world. On 15 November, the festival will host a Startup Lab Crawl. During the Startup Lab Crawl, the Singapore Academy of Law Future Law Innovation Programme (FLIP) will share details about their program and showcase some of the FLIP startups at Collision 8.


2. Kickoff Reception and Dinner

Join FLIP for a cocktail hour and dinner session at the gorgeous Collision 8 venue, which we will use as a way to kickstart the APAC summit.

Day 1: 16 November


1. Legal Hackers Chapter Showcase

Each APAC chapter will have an opportunity to share what they have been doing, what they plan to do, and the state of legal innovation in their respective countries. Chapters represented are: Bali, Hong Kong, Kuala Lumpur, Lahore, Melbourne, Perth, Seoul, Singapore, Sydney, Tokyo, and Wellington.


2. Singatour

This will be an introduction and tour to some of the places where legal technology activity is focused in Singapore, as well as a tour of some of our key legal institutions. To give our Chapter representatives an on-the-ground feel of legal technology in Singapore, talks will be given about some of Singapore’s legal technology initiatives and companies. Organisations involved in this segment include: SAL FLIP, the Attorney-General’s Chambers, the State Courts, and Intelllex.


3. Dinner and Social Activities

Join us for a night of light entertainment with an authentic introduction to Singapore cuisine at Chinatown!

Day 2: 17 November


1. Lightning Talks

Chapter organizers will break out into groups to discuss potential collaborations in various areas of legaltech that will serve as a launchpad for the State of Legal Innovation APAC Report. Each talk should last for around 10-15 minutes, and each group of Lightning Talks will be followed by a combined Q&A session.


2. APAC Law and Tech Roundtable 

Transitioning from the Technology of Law to the Law of Technology, this panel will address the legal challenges raised by artificial intelligence systems.


Seated on the panel will be an all-star lineup of speakers, Professor Goh Yihan (Dean of SMU Law Faculty), Mr Yeong Zee Kin (Assistant Chief Executive at IMDA and Deputy Commissioner of PDPC), Mr Rajesh Sreenivasan (Partner at Rajah & Tann Singapore LLP and Head of the Technology, Media, & Telecommunications Practice), and Mr Brian Tang (Managing Director of the Asia Capital Markets Institute and founding Executive Director of Hong Kong University’s LITE Lab@HKU).


The Research Programme on the Governance of AI and Data Use is supported by the National Research Foundation, Prime Minister’s Office, Singapore under its Emerging Area Research Research Project Funding Initiative.


3. Open Floor

Share your latest idea, product or brainchild to the crowd. All are invited – the floor is open! Simply let us know if you wish to be placed on the agenda. Separate meeting rooms will also be provided for participants to lead their own discussions.


There are also some brief programmes lined up; Mr Eric Chin from Melbourne and LawTech.Asia (Singapore) will be delivering short talks to everyone.


4. Dinner and Social Activities

Join us for some scrumptious local delights and drinks.

Day 3: 18 November

1. Exploring Singapore

For anyone staying through Sunday, let’s explore everything Singapore has to offer while continuing the conversations from Days 1-2 of the Summit.


Are you a chapter organiser? Interested to be one? Drop us an email!


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Singapore Academy of Law Future Law Innovation Programme

Singapore Management University Legal Innovation & Technology Club