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An inmersion into Israel’s legal tech, start-up scene during the Master in Legaltech

Bernardo Correia Barradas, consultant at the Payment Systems Development Group at the World Bank and student of the Master in Legaltech, shares his experience during the final and third stage of this innovative program held at IDC Herziliya.

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The final stage of the Master in Legaltech, held in Israel, is an exclusive opportunity for students from around the globe to gain insights into Israel’s Start-Up Nation and to acquire the necessary skills, knowledge and hands-on experience required for the new emerging reality of pervasive and disruptive legal technologies.

The goal of this final capstone module is to expose students to Israel’s unique ecosystem and to help participants take crucial steps towards a practical understanding of the emerging world of legal technologies in general, and its impact on lawyers and on the industry as a whole.

Throughout the one-week program, students met Israel’s influential industry leaders and eminent entrepreneurs in the legal tech world. In order to educate tomorrow’s leadership, these industry experts are eager to provide in-depth-information regarding their disruptive technologies, and to share their experience as well as their personal stories.

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In addition to meeting with professionals from the legal tech eco-system, students learned how technologies such as AI, predictive analytics and cybersecurity are employed in legal technologies through extensive academic coursework.

Students finalized the experience gaining a unique appreciation as to how some laws will regulate new and innovative legal technologies. These laws include intellectual property, privacy, security and even underappreciated regulations associated with legal ethics.

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The experience

The week spent in Israel with IDC Herzliya and IE Law School was an intense, amazing and surprising experience, not only for myself but, I am sure, for all of my colleagues. Our IDC hosts were able to provide us with a meaningful immersion within the Israel legal tech and startup environment whilst, at the same time, speakers and professors of the highest quality allowed us to build up and improve the knowledge acquired during the Madrid and Silicon Valley periods.

In addition to the outstanding academic, practical and networking component of the week we also had the privilege to take a dive into historical Israel with visits to Old Jaffa and Jerusalem with a friendly, knowledgeable, experienced guide, that provided us a rich, deep and fantastic cultural experience.

Last but not least, the exceptionally well-planned leisure and recreational activities, such as the group dinners (including a sunset beach picnic) and a cooking class were the cherry on top of a perfect week.

In just over 6 days, we obtained a relevant knowledge of Israel legal tech landscape and meeting its most relevant players, get acquainted with the country, its culture, traditions, people, history, and, have loads of fun.

I am utterly unable to pick any highlights of my stay, the entire week, the quality of the classes, meetings, presentations, functions, and activities, together with IDC team’s friendliness and affection, and the beauty and rich history and culture of the country made this an unforgettable experience.


Bernardo Correia Barradas is a lawyer specialised in banking and finance law and a consultant at the Payment Systems Development Group at the World Bank. Bernardo studied Law, European Law and Economical Criminal Law at the University of Lisbon, University of Buenos Aires and Catholic University of Portugal. Since 2013 his focus of study and research have been in payment systems and payment services, financial inclusion, fintech and blockchain/DLT, with several courses attended and/or organised in the US, Spain and Portugal. Bernardo is currently a student at IE’s Master in Legal Tech.

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