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May 5, 2017

LAWARDS recognises social innovators in the legal industry

The Law Schools Global League is launching, with the support of IE Law School and Ontier, the first edition of the Lawards: Innovation in Law Awards, an initiative aiming to discover and promote early innovators who are disrupting the legal services industry in ways that help promote the cause of justice. In the first edition, the focus is on tech-based solutions to improve access to justice of underserved persons and communities anywhere in the world.

All innovators working on solutions to improve access to justice broadly understood are invited to apply to the Award. All details regarding participation are available here. Queries about the Awards and applications should be sent to  and by 31 May 2017.


The winner and finalist group shall be announced on June 15, 2017, and two representatives of each group shall be invited to attend the Award ceremony —travel and accommodation fully covered for three nights at Hotel Camino Real Polanco, City of Mexico. The Award Ceremony will take place during the LSGL´s Annual Conference which this year shall take place at ITAM, in Mexico City, on the evening of July 20, 2017.


“We are very excited to launch this initiative and to do so in collaboration with Ontier, which we believe shall contribute both to promote the cause of justice and to improve legal education globally by bridging the gap between tech-based social innovation with real impacts and the classroom”, says Javier de Cendra, dean of IE Law School, and Bertil Emrah Oder, dean of Koç Law School, Presidents of the Law Schools Global League.


“We believe that technology is already disrupting the practice of law at a global level. Partnering with the LSGL in an initiative that seeks to harness the power of technology for the benefit of those that have been traditionally underserved by legal systems worldwide, is a source of deep satisfaction and very close to our fundamental vision and mission as a firm”, states Bernardo Gutierrez de la Roza, CEO of Ontier.


About Law Schools Global League

The Law Schools Global League is an association that brings together law schools from all over the world who share a commitment to the globalization of law in teaching, research and practice. One of the core goals of the LSGL is to engage in a debate with stakeholders in all fields of legal practice and to stimulate and facilitate international cooperation and mobility of legal practitioners.



ONTIER is a global law firm, headquartered in London, with a presence in 14 countries and is currently the international firm with the largest footprint in Latin America, making Ontier the best legal partner for any company with interests in the region.

ONTIER is a full-service international law firm. While it is active in all areas of legal practice, it stands out for its specialization in complex corporate and commercial transactions and international commercial disputes. Some of ONTIER areas of expertise include International Litigation and Arbitration, Corporate Law, White Collar Crime Law, Real Estate Law, Tax Law, Labour Law, Financial Law and Capital Markets, Family Law, IT & IP, Insolvency and Restructuring and Public Law.  The firm is also deeply specialised in the energy sector and in advising family-run companies.


For more information about Law Schools Global League and to access the Call to Application visit:


For more information about the Awards, contact, and

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