Initiatives for illustrated comic book contracts started almost simultaneously, in Western Australia and South Africa - in Academic and Practical Circles. Sounds like law needs an update...
With what could possibly be the future of contract law, UWA Professor Camilla Baasch Andersen first experimented with the concept of Comic Book Contracting in 2016 when she was approached to help engineering students understand their obligations while working for the UWA Makers.
Understanding the difficulties Engineering students may have in understanding complex legal jargon, Professor Andersen worked with UWA’s Associate Professor Adrian Keating to draw up a contract with cartoons.
Professor Andersen and Associate Professor Keating used simple pictures and minimal dialogue to convey the nuances and complexities surrounding Non-Disclosure Agreements.
The visual contracts were well received by both students and engineering companies, leading to the use of comic contracts again this year.
Now, the concept of comic book contracts is attracting attention worldwide. Lawyers in South Africa have used comic book contracts for employment contracts and author Robert Sikoryak has condensed Apple's gargantuan terms and conditions into a digestible and easy to read graphic novel.
Furthermore, between the 7th and the 8th of December, the UWA Law School will be hosting the inaugural Comic and Creative Contracts Conference. The conference has attracted speakers and experts in contract innovation from all over the world who will share their knowledge, thoughts and first-hand experience on visualisation and cutting-edge innovation in the world of contract law.