Expert System RYTER to Build Consumer Legal Apps With Students

German expert system, Ryter, is to build consumer-facing legal applications in a partnership with the Humboldt Consumer Law Clinic (HCLC) at the Humboldt University of Berlin.

Selected students will build various tools with Ryter’s technology, focusing on consumer protection issues ranging from rights of residence, labour law, maintenance law, to rental law.

The project will have a double benefit, in that students will get to know how to use an expert system such as Ryter, while also creating outward-facing applications that may be of use to consumers with legal needs and access to justice challenges.

The move is similar to the programme that fellow expert system, New York-based Neota Logic, has been developing for some years, forming partnerships with universities around the world to encourage the use of their system while also using A2J projects as the focus.

Students of the Humboldt University may apply for this programme, the company said, but they will need to go through a lengthy interview process and provide a cover letter detailing their motivation. Students will need to be in the second year of study and have a proven academic excellence and a strong interest in customer protection.

The Law Clinic is supported and sponsored by the Department of Science and Education in Germany, students work alongside lawyers from law firms, legal departments, justice department and the judiciary. The lawyers also mentor and supervise the students.

Commenting on the project, Michael Grupp, co-founder and CEO at Ryter, said: ‘Ryter is a no-code platform that enables its users to model and automate complex decision processes and workflows without any programming knowledge.’

‘We are very much looking forward to working with the Humboldt Consumer Law Clinic at the HU Berlin. Together with students, we want to improve effective consumer protection’, added Dr. Micha Bues, co-founder and Managing Director at Ryter.

The recently formed legal tech company, which is looking to gain a share of the expert system market, added that it is also open to developing similar programmes with other universities and academic institutions.

Prof. Dr. Reinhard Singer, who co-founded the HCLC concluded that the cost of legal services is a significant issue that needs to be addressed. ‘In many cases we now have to refuse to counsel [people] on certain cases. This is regrettable, of course, but for some consumers, even disputes with lower values are of considerable economic significance.’

[ RYTER is listed in the AL 100 Legal Tech Directory – see Expert Systems. ]