Co-organised by various legal-tech companies, the inaugural Global Legal Hackathon is one of the largest legal hackathons taking place in over 20 countries and 40 cities which aimed to bring together the best thinkers, doers and practitioners in law for the rapid development of solutions to improve the legal industry world-wide. On 21 April 2018, CUHK LLB third-year students Ellie TSE Yik Ting and Sherman HO Ho Chi won the global final round in New York with the team Decoding Law which comprised also students from HKU, a CUHK graduate and experts from IT and business fields.
The winning project “Decoding Law” is a machine learning powered browser plugin that helps people, especially ordinary people who are unrepresented litigants, to read and understand legislation by breaking down complex legislative drafting into simple language and explains defined terms.
Competed against more than 170 people who initially signed up in the Hong Kong round in February and 37 teams worldwide in the second round that was judged based on online submissions, Decoding Law entered the global final round where competitors were divided into the categories of public sector and private sector. The team was one of the two winners in the public sector category.
Photo source from SCMP: CUHK LLB students Sherman Ho (back) and Ellie Tse (right) with their “Decoding Law” teammates