ARAG Access to Justice Conference


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Key actors from the frontiers of technology as well as international justice joined voices during the international ARAG Access to Justice Conference on April 19, in Amsterdam.

Together with over 200 business leaders from 19 countries they delved into the crucial theme of providing universal access to justice. Speakers included futurist Gerd Leonhard, Zack Kass, formerly of OpenAI, Mutale Nkonde, CEO of AI for the People, human rights leader Ayo Tometi and Lawyer and Human Rights Activist Amal Clooney.

Speaking about the novel virtual assistant Microsoft 365 Copilot, which uses artificial intelligence (AI) to connect a wide range of program components, Dr. Renko Dirksen, Speaker of the Management Board of ARAG SE said, "Everyone is talking about the new opportunities AI provides. We will grasp them".

ARAG is one of the few companies in Germany that has been selected by Microsoft to deploy and test the AI-based tool before its official launch. “This collaboration makes us very proud. It underscores how strong we are in digitalisation and will help us gain a clear edge in the use of AI. By improving access to justice we strengthen the trust in institutions in our democratic societies", he emphasised in his opening statement of the Access to Justice Conference 2024.

His words referred to the central theme of the conference: Empowerment. The conference was hosted by ARAG, world’s leading legal insurer.

After a warm welcome by ARAG’s Renko Dirksen and Marc van Erven, chairman of the day Rick Nieman took the reins in exploring the central question of the day: How do we empower people, society, and businesses to gain access to justice in the future?

One of the main focus points of the conference was the impact of innovation, particularly Artificial Intelligence (AI), on access to justice.

“I really believe the future is better than we think, but all depends on how well we will collaborate to design that future, together. One of the biggest challenges as we enter the era of AI is that all too often technological leaps mainly benefit those who possess that technology, or that build platforms around it. That has to change!”, mentioned futurist Gerd Leonhard in his keynote.

Gerd Leonhard, listed among Europe’s top 100 most influential people, delivered a compelling keynote, offering insights into the future of humanity, technology, business and culture. The intersection between technology and human rights was further explored in a dynamic conversation between Zack Kass, Former head of go-to-market at Chat GPT, and Mutale Nkonde, CEO of AI for the People. Their dialogue shed light on the complexities and opportunities presented by AI in the pursuit of justice.

Beyond technological innovation, the conference emphasised the importance of international legal frameworks for achieving a more equitable society.

Amal Clooney, Lawyer and Human Rights Activist, delivered a deeply moving keynote, sharing compelling examples from her career and emphasizing the necessity of legal protection: “Without access to justice, the Universal Declaration of Human Rights are just words on a page. And access to justice begins with people caring.”

Following Amal Clooney’s contribution, the attendees were delighted by a surprise appearance by the winners of the International Children’s Peace Prize 2023. The Ukrainian girls wanted to help refugee children who continue to live away from their country and homes because of the war. During the interview the girls were telling how they used technology to safeguard the rights of refugee children; a perfect example of giving access to justice.

The conference culminated in a powerful address by Ayo Tometi, co-founder of the Black Lives Matter movement, who reinforced the core message that empowerment is fundamental to access to justice. “Martin Luther King Jr. once said: the arc of the moral universe is long, but it bends towards justice. But it does not bend by itself. We need to work together, with skill, principle and conviction, to bend the arc towards justice.”

The ARAG Access to Justice Conference 2024 on April 19, 2024 served as a platform for uniting legal experts, tech innovators, and social advocates to address pressing questions and chart a course toward a more accessible and equitable future. Keynotes and discussions were interspersed by special entertainment, varying from an innovative AI-powered opening act to a goosebump-inducing performance by the ZO Gospel Choir through collaborative efforts, attendees committed to empowering individuals and fostering transformative change in the realm of justice.

The event concluded with a call to action, urging participants to join in shaping a brighter tomorrow where justice is not just a privilege but a universal right.


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Providing several emergency assistance insurance products and an innovative range of Before-the-Event and After-the-Event legal insurance products and services, ARAG UK prides itself on its client-focused approach. This has been recognised by the industry following the results of the Insurance 360 Legal Expenses Insurers Study in which ARAG UK was voted 'best legal insurance provider'. youTalk-insurance sharing ARAG UK insurance news. 

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