COMIC BOOK CONTRACTS
COMIC AND CREATIVE CONTRACTING PIONEERS
Meet the industry leaders who have been engaging with aspects of comic contracting in their work, they have experience as to how visualisation, innovation and comic book contracts can change the way we write contracts.
All key people have shared their time and insights at the inaugural conference on Comic and Creative Contracting at the University of Western Australia. For more information on these speakers scroll down and view the media page.
Camilla Baasch Andersen
Law Professor, Pioneer of Comic Book Contracting
Camilla has been a professional academic in Commercial Law for almost 20 years, starting as a Resarch Fellow at University of Copenhagen, where she obtained her initial law degree (Cand Jur). She has held posts at Queen Mary, University of London, University of Leicester and visiting posts on three continents.
She has published extensively on comparative commercial law, international sales (CISG) and commercial arbitration. For more information, see her webste at: http://www.uwa.edu.au/people/camilla.andersen
Robert De Rooy
Commercial attorney and Non-Executive Director on the boards of several companies.
Robert provides legal advice, facilitates strategic discussions and drafts contracts. Living in one of the world’s most unequal societies, he wants to make a meaningful positive difference to the vulnerable situation of so many in South Africa and elsewhere. From this the idea of Comic Contracts was born, the world’s first fully illustrated contract, designed to help illiterate people understand the contracts they sign, and for which he was awarded IACCM’s 2016 Innovation Award. He was born in Cape Town in 1970, studied business and law at the University of Stellenbosch and the University of Leiden in Holland and obtained an MBA at the University of Cape Town. He lives in Cape Town with his wife, two teenage daughters and 4-year-old son, and tries to balance work and family with some cycling and surfing.
The Hon. Robert French AC
Former Chief Justice of the Australian High Court and currently the 15th Chancellor of the University of Western Australia.
Robert Shenton French was appointed Chief Justice of the High Court of Australia in September 2008. At the time of his appointment he was a judge of the Federal Court of Australia, having been appointed to that office in November 1986.
Robert French graduated from the University of Western Australia having completed a Bachelor's Degree in science and later pursuing further studies in law. After being admitted in 1972 and practicing as a barrister in 1983, Robert French was appointed as the resident of the National Native Title Tribunal in 1994. Since then, Robert French's reputation as a jurist has grown, being appointed as a jurist in many capacities, culminating in Robert French's appoint as Chief Justice of the High Court of Australia in 2008.
Amongst his other achievements, Robert French is an advocate for indigenous rights, having founded the WA Aboriginal Legal Service in the early 1970s as well as an educator, often giving guest lectures and speeches on matters of public law. He continues his career as an educator serving as the 15th Chancellor of the University of Western Australia.
Contract Innovator & Proactive Law Pioneer
Helena works as Associate Professor of Business Law at the University of Vaasa, Finland and as Contract Coach for Lexpert Ltd. She helps lawyers and clients use contracts and the law proactively to achieve better business results, balance risk with reward, and stay out of unnecessary problems. As the co-leader of the Nordic School of Proactive Law and of the ProActive ThinkTank she works with colleagues and designers to transform contracts from legal instruments to valuable business tools. She has for many years promoted the use of simplification and visualization in commercial contracts. She also acts as arbitrator.
After completing legal studies at the University of Turku, Finland, and Cambridge University, England, she served for several years as in-house Legal Counsel in Europe and the United States, focusing on cross-border contracts. She has designed and conducted training on Proactive Contracting, Contractual Risk Management, and Contract & Legal Design around the world. Since her doctoral dissertation on Next Generation Contracts her research focuses on ways to enhance the functionality, usability, and user experience of contracts. Her mission is to fundamentally change the way contracts and the law are designed, communicated, perceived, and taught.
J. Kim Wright
Legal System Change Entrepreneur: ABA Author, Keynote Speaker, Trainer, Coach, Consultant, Connector, Catalyser, and Nomad.
After first being licensed as a lawyer in 1989, J. Kim Wright embarked on a journey, leaving her house and office in 2008 to promote the profession as one about peacemaking, problem-solving, and healing.
What was thought to be a 3-month journey has now amounted to over 9 years and has covered five continents. J. Kim Wright has taken part in numerous initiatives, conferences, and events promoting a fundamental shift in the legal system that is now known as Integrative Law. Notable achievements in her long list of many include being the author of two ABA best-selling books, Lawyers as Peacemakers, Practicing Holistic, Problem-Solving Law and Lawyers as Changemakers, The Global Integrative Law Movement. Furthermore, J. Kim Wright has been a guest lecturer at dozens of institutions, delivering talks on more than 35 topics in integrative law. Her most popular course, delivered to hundreds of lawyers and law students on five continents, is called Conscious Contracts. We are excited to have J. Kim Wright talk here at the inaugural Comic Book Contacts Convention and provide her insight into what is an emerging area of innovative law aimed to penetrate language barriers and provide more tools for lawyers and those that are not. For a full list of J. Kim Wrights achievements click here.
Aurecon's Chief Innovation Officer.
John is an experienced business leader, offering over 25 years of experience in consulting and contracting in Australia, the Middle East, and the United Kingdom. He has been involved in a wide range of projects, specifically in healthcare, forensic and specialist containment laboratories.
As a mechanical engineer, John is well known for his creative approaches to design innovation and sustainability. He is a guest lecturer at the architecture schools at the University of Western Australia and Curtin University as well as an international judge and faculty member for the International Academy of Design and Health. Most recently he has been working with the Design Innovation Research Centre at the University of Technology Sydney looking at how Design Led Innovation can be applied in Aurecon. Notable projects with which John has been involved include the Fiona Stanley Hospital in Western Australia, the AUD 450 million Austin Repat Mercy Redevelopment in Victoria and the Auckland City Hospital in New Zealand.
Designer, Consultant, and Researcher.
Stefania Passera (MA, D.Sc.(Tech), Aalto University) is a designer, consultant and academic specialized in legal information design, helping private and public organizations make their documents (contracts, policies, T&Cs, contract briefs) user-friendly, clear, and effective. In her doctoral dissertation she explored how visualizations can enhance the usability and user experience of contracts.
Furthermore, as the initiator of Legal Design Jam, Stefania leads a hands-on workshop that brings together different stakeholders to give an extreme user-centric makeover to a chosen contract.”
Dr Thomas Barton
Professor Barton came to California Western in 1990 from West Virginia University College of Law, where he was the Roscoe P. and Hale J. Posten Professor. In addition to teaching contract law and problem-solving topics, his interests in professional responsibility and the forms of social control reflects his expansive knowledge of the social, historical, and intellectual contexts of law.
Professor Barton has published numerous articles and essays dealing with legal and political philosophy, legal sociology, and problem-solving. During law school, he was a member of the Cornell Law Review. Barton practiced taxation and antitrust law in New York state before studying the common law as a problem-solving institution at Cambridge.
Loui is quick to synthesize content into meaning and illustrates live at seminars and workshops. He views every assignment as an opportunity to create something special. His gift is not just in the ability to draw, but to listen, summarise and visually communicate complex ideas with an appropriate sense of humour. Loui works not only in Australia but his work is requested internationally.
Recently, Loui has been working together with Professor Andersen and creating comic book style contracts; visual representations of rights and obligations that are easy to digest and comprehend. Loui's work has seen him draft work for the UWA Engineering students and for the National Hardship Register - work that can be seen and accessed right here on this website!
Jennifer is an inspiring and thought provoking speaker, trainer, coach, and facilitator who understands the importance of boosting competencies, productivity and effectiveness of those she works with.
She has a suite of tools focussed on building the knowledge, skills and abilities of participants/practitioners to help them fully realise their potential to contribute within their specific environments.
Over the last 20 years she has trained in a wide variety of organisations, and completed major assignments in Australia, NZ, China, SE Asia, UAE, USA, South Africa and UK. She is experienced in delivering a wide range of programs, from Bite-sized workshops, online modules, lecturing in undergraduate and graduate subjects, up to week long programs as a Master Trainer. Her success at completing a very broad range of assignments is an indication of her versatility and competence at meeting her personal mission – to Add Value to the people and companies she works with!
Illustrator and Author.
R. Sikoryak is the cartoonist responsible for Masterpiece Comics, Terms and Conditions, and The Unquotable Trump (all published by Drawn & Quarterly). He continues to adapt the classics for various anthologies, as seen in The Graphic Canon, The Best American Comics 2015, and Fable Comics.
His comics and illustrations have appeared in the New Yorker, The Onion, GQ, MAD, SpongeBob Comics, and Nickelodeon Magazine, as well as on The Daily Show with Jon Stewart. He’s done storyboards and character designs for Augenblick Studios on various animated projects. More recently, Sikoryak has recently released 'Terms and Conditions', a graphic novel illustrating, word-for-word, Apple's infamous Terms and Conditions - highlighting the enormity, density, and complexity of the legal document.
Sikoryak is in the speakers program of the New York Council of the Humanities, and he teaches in the illustration department at Parsons The New School for Design and at The Center for Cartoon Studies. Since 1997, he's presented his live cartoon slide show series, Carousel, around the United States and Canada.
He lives in New York City with his wife, Kriota Willberg.
Doctor Andrew R. O'Brien
Director Student Experience at The University of Western Australia.
Doctor O’Brien's career has focused on change management and he specialises in the successful balancing of short, medium and long-term strategic objectives while striving for high performance outcomes. In 2004 Andrew was recognised for his performance by the Customer Service Institute of Australia and was awarded the CEO of the year for the state of Victoria.
Andrew’s research focuses on shared vision, personal vision, strategy and effective performance. This has evolved into the Partnerships That Matter Desired Futures body of work. Andrew has a keen interest in health and fitness and has combined his Desired Futures approach with Sue O’Brien’s fitness expertise to develop Partnerunning. In 2008 Andrew and Sue completed a world first for a husband and wife team running side by side to complete eight marathons in eight countries in eight weeks. ‘Couple on the Run’ will be released in 2010 and is the first of a series of books and programs as part of the Partnerunning brand of Partnerships That Matter.
Andrew has a Doctorate and MBA for Swinburne University, a Masters of Management from Monash University and a Masters of Financial Planning from the University of the Sunshine Coast. He is also a graduate of the Disney Institutes Customer Service Program.
Associate Professor at Curtin University, Australia, where he teaches and supervises students in visualization technologies, interactive media, media management, and digital humanities.
James Hazard is a lawyer who leans geek; since he got his law degree in 1979, he's been the guy in the office who could make sense of things technical more often than others could, and dates his interest in regularizing complex legal documents (and making them a bit *less* complex) back to the era where Wang word processors were being replaced with personal computers. Most documents - no matter how similar to each other, and how much work was spent in re-creating similar parts - were "pickled" in proprietary formats that didn't lend themselves to labor-saving generalization and abstraction. That didn't sit well with James, and (in the spirit of Larry Lessig's declaration that "law is code," Hazard has been working for years to translate some of the best practices and tools of programmers (like code re-use, version control systems, and hierarchies of variables) to the field of law, in particular, to contract formation. (Think about how many contracts you're party to; in modern life, there are probably quite a few.) He calls his endeavor CommonAccord.org, and he'd like to see it bring the benefits of open source to both lawyers and their clients.
Before starting Common Accord, James had international law experience, practicing around the globe. James had an independent law practice in Paris, acted as an associate in PPB & Associés and was a partner at McDermott, Will & Emery, Boston amongst other endeavors.
Doctor Colette R. Brunschwig
Senior Research Associate.
Colette R. Brunschwig is a Senior Research Associate at the University of Zurich (Switzerland), Department of Law, Center for Legal History Research, Legal Visualization Unit. She is responsible for the Legal Visualization Unit’s legal image database. Colette R. Brunschwig’s research focuses on legal visualization (legal norm images, verbo-visual contracts, and so forth), legal audiovisualization (legal videos, legal animations, and so forth), and legal multi-sensorization (legal virtual realities, humanoid robots for legal purposes). Her publications, postings, and presentations at national and international conferences strive to promote, expand, and intensify the ongoing debate on these subject matters. Most of her English language scholarship is available on her SSRN site (see https://www.ssrn.com/en/ and search "Colette R. Brunschwig" in the search field to find Doctor Colette R. Brunschwig's most pertinent publications).
To view Professor Camilla Baasch Andersen and Dr. Colette R. Brunschwig's Q&A made especially for the Comic and Creative Contracts Conference 2017, please click here. In this video, Colette R. Brunschwig answers questions regarding her research topics. She shares her thoughts on the current state and potential future growth of legal visualization, while also considering comic book contracts.
Co-CEO, WA’s Individualised Services Inc.
Following a brief career as a lawyer and with post-graduate qualifications in Human Rights Practice, Su also has extensive experience with systemic policy and advocacy in the disability sector.
Having worked across a number of advocacy organisations within the sector, including in senior management roles; with a service provider; and, two short-term secondments to the Department of Premier & Cabinet and Treasury Department, Su has a comprehensive understanding of the disability support system and what it takes to facilitate people’s natural authority over their own lives and lifestyles. Su currently utilises her legal training and skills when supporting people and families, who choose to self-manage their disability funding and want to hire their own workers, to understand what their legal considerations are as potential employers. This work led Su and WAiS to UWA and the potential benefit of comic contracts by people self-managing.