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Centre for Commercial Law Studies

Making Contracts Readable: Comic Book Contracting and Visual Legal Design

26 June 2019

Time: 5:30 - 8:00pm
Venue: Room 3.1 CCLS, 67 - 69 Lincoln's Inn Fields, London WC2A

Legal Design has been developing different streams of theory and practice throughout the world, innovating and changing the way lawyers work. Researchers in Western Australia have taken this to a whole new level, creating contracts in comic book form which are read, understood and (so far!) undisputed.

With a new format of contracting which drives behavior to avoid conflict, as well as offer pathways to justice for some, this is well worth a look.

Prof Andersen from UWA Law School will present her most recent projects, including contracts in employment, disability services and banking, and demonstrate some of the date form the impact testing of these brave new contracts.

Joining her is Peter Alexander, who has recently turned the concept into a private enterprise. Come along - it may change your perception of what legal design can do to improve legal services.


Dr Camilla Baasch Andersen

Dr Camilla Baasch Andersen is Professor of International Commercial Law at University of Western Australia. She is a Trade Law Expert for UNCITRAL and a member of the core group of the Pro-Active Think Tank. She has written extensively on the CISG, international commerce, pro-active approaches to law and comparative commercial law. She works closely with business, government and academia in pursuit of improving legal solutions, recently on her new project on Comic Book Contracting and the visualisation of law.

Mr Peter Alexander

Mr Peter Alexander is a Research Assistant at UWA, and the founding manager of the legal consultancy Alternative Contracting which consults with industry on visualization of contracting. His involvement in the Comic Book Contracting project has allowed him to draw on his experience from various industries, and he holds degrees in History and a Master of Research. His current research projects are examining the history of images in legal instruments, as well as the changing face of banking.


  • Registration: 17.30
  • Lecture: 18.00
  • Drinks: 19.00


For directions to the venue, please refer to the map.


For more information, please contact the CCLS Events Team.

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