Digital Future of Justice

Foster Transparency of Judicial Decisions and Enhancing the National Implementation of the ECHR

3-day live event in Paris!

Council of Europe



Welcome to the Digital future of justice Hackathon!
The Council of Europe (Council) is currently implementing a Project on the improvement of transparency and consistency of national judicial decisions and exchange of the most up-to-date information on human rights issues. The Project “Foster transparency of judicial decisions and enhancing the national implementation of the ECHR” (hereinafter TJENI project) has an objective to strengthen the quality of judicial decision-making through the integration of special tools and solutions aimed at the improvement of consistency of national jurisprudence and its alignment with human rights standards set in the case-law of the European Court of Human Rights. TJENI project beneficiaries are the respective authorities of the following countries: Cyprus, Hungary, Lithuania, Poland, Greece, Romania and Slovenia.

Digital future of justice (“Hackathon“)

The purpose of the Digital Future of Justice Hackathon is to focus on boosting creativity and involving students and researchers from the TJENI beneficiary states to develop innovative digital solutions to foster human rights focus in national justice systems. By organising this Hackathon, the TJENI project aims to involve students and researchers to harness technology for better human rights protection and contribute to raising awareness of judges, lawyers, and other legal professionals on the constantly evolving case law of the European Court of Human Rights.

The overarching objective of the Digital Future of Justice Hackathon is to enhance access to judicial data and information in order to strengthen the national implementation of human rights standards. 

For the participating teams, the TJENI project puts at their disposal the following services free of charge:

  • Access to its central web portal 
  • Registration and authentication services 
  • Access to 1 workstation on-site per team
  • Access to a dedicated server and cloud space (located in the EU) for the use of the participants during the hackathon
  • Accommodation, travel and catering arrangements

The Organiser (“Organiser”) of the event is the TJENI project of the Council of Europe.

The Facilitator (the “Facilitator”) of the event is Kreativdistrikt S.r.l. ​(hereafter also “KDKT”), ​registered office: Via F. Petrarca 22, 20123 Milano, VAT code and Fiscal Code 09829520965.
The Facilitator and the Organiser may be collectively referred to as “Hackathon Organisers”.


TEAM FORMATION PHASE: until 16 November 2023

  • WARM-UP ONLINE SESSION 1 on the overall idea of the Hackathon and its challenge:  10:00 – CEST on 10 November 2023
  • WARM-UP ONLINE SESSION 2 on the structure of judicial decisions, indexing and categorisation in case law databases and the dataset for the Hackathon:  10:00 – CEST on 13 November 2023
  • WARM-UP ONLINE SESSION 3 on practical arrangements for the Hackathon participants:  10:00 – CEST on 15 November 2023


  • 2-DAY HACKATHON: 18 and 19 November 2023 (with early registration open on 17 November 2023 followed by a dinner for the Hackathon participants offered by the Organisers)


  • PITCHING & AWARD EVENT: CEST 16:30 on 19 November 2023

The Hackathon Organisers will be the official timekeepers for this event.

The following challenge is proposed: the development of a digital tool allowing for automated indexing of text (judicial decision) with human rights categories. An algorithm shall assign human rights keywords/tags from a list to a judicial text on the basis of contextual analysis of the text.

During the Hackathon, participants will be asked to deliver a “Proof of Concept” (POC) for innovative solutions that could be developed to address the challenge The deliverables to be submitted are provided in the Starter Kit.

The guidelines for the submission of deliverables can be found directly in the Starter Kit, as well as on the Hackathon website, at this link:

Submissions must be provided in English. Submissions in other languages will not be accepted.

Right after the end of the Hackathon, the Jury will evaluate the teams’ POCs and demos whenever available.
The evaluation criteria and their weight in deliberation are as follows: 

  • Innovation (25%): This assesses the level of creativity and originality demonstrated in the project. Judges look for novel ideas and unique approaches to solving the problem at hand.
  • Feasibility (15 %): Judges consider whether the project can realistically be implemented. This involves evaluating factors such as the availability of resources, technology, and skills needed to bring the idea to fruition.
  • Applicability (25 %): This criterion measures how well the project addresses the specific challenge or problem it was designed for. It assesses whether the solution is practical and relevant to real-world needs.
  • Tool Performance (10 %): Judges evaluate how effectively the tools and technologies used in the project perform. This includes assessing the project’s speed, accuracy, and overall functionality.
  • Scalability (10 %): Scalability assesses whether the project can grow or adapt to handle increased usage or a larger user base. A scalable solution can handle greater demand without a significant loss in performance.
  • Adherence to Data Security and Privacy Standards (15 %): With a growing emphasis on data security and privacy, this criterion examines whether the project complies with relevant regulations and best practices. It assesses how well user data is protected and whether privacy concerns have been addressed.


-1st place: €3,000.00

-A winning team will also be invited (travel and accommodation covered by TJENI project) to the Cyberjustice Conference organised in Strasbourg on 24 November 2023 by the Institute des Etudes et de la Recherche sur le Droit et la Justice, Cyberjustice Laboratory, University of Strasbourg and the Council of Europe. Participation in this Conference shall provide the team with additional visibility to their innovative solution amongst leading experts in the field in Europe.

-The teams awarded with 2nd and 3rd place will receive subscriptions/certificates as prizes. 

The winners of the Hackathon will be announced at the end of the event on 19 November 2023.

Frequently asked questions can be found here: For any further questions please contact with the subject: “Question on the Digital Future of Justice Hackathon”.

HACKATHON PROCESS (information for the Teams)
At a certain point during the team formation phase, you will be able to download the Digital Future of Justice Hackathon “Starter Kit” from the dedicated Hackathon platform tab named “Starter Kit & Resources” which is visible to registered participants. The Starter Kit contains useful information that we recommend that you read carefully, such as how to use the Hackathon platform, how to create or join a team, how to access the resources, how and when to submit your work, the required content for each deliverable, etc. Once available, please read the document carefully to prepare for the Hackathon.
From 3 to 13 November 2023, a virtual “Warm Up” will take place. During this period, online interactive sessions with a dedicated team of Digital Future of Justice experts will be organised to guide you in better understanding the challenge, learning to understand how to work with the dataset of the Hackathon and getting familiar with the practical arrangements. Each Team must appoint a team leader.
During the 2-day Hackathon, all Teams will be guided and supported by a group of mentors, who will guide you towards shaping and delivering your project. Mentors will be available to all teams throughout the Hackathon. The announcement of winners will take place on CEST 19:00 on 19 November 2023.

Teams’ application for, access to, participation or involvement in the Hackathon is conditioned on their acceptance of and compliance with the following Terms and conditions.


The Participants of the Hackathon retain their intellectual property rights on the created digital tool and algorithms. The organizers and sponsors of the event will not claim any ownership rights over-developed products.

The dataset of judicial decisions is provided to the participants by CYLAW – a legal database by the Cyprus Bar Association. The dataset cannot be used outside the Hackathon and shall be destroyed by the Teams at the end of the event on 19 November 2023.

The Participant confirms that the developed Deliverable will not infringe upon any privacy rights, publicity rights, copyrights, contract rights, or any other rights of any person. Furthermore, the Participant agrees that their Deliverable does not breach any law, regulation, rule, code, or other legal obligation. The Deliverable must not contain any software viruses or any other computer code, files, or programs designed to interrupt, destroy, or limit the functionality of any computer software, hardware, or telecommunications equipment.

The Hackathon, the Platforms, and their original content (excluding Content provided by Participants or Mentors), features and functionality are and will remain the exclusive property of the Organisers. Nothing in these Terms constitutes a transfer of any Intellectual Property rights from the Organizers to the Participants.

Participants are permitted to use the Hackathon and the Platforms only as authorised by the Hackathon Organizers.

The Organiser is fully entitled to shorten, extend, modify, or cancel the Hackathon in any manner it deems fit without incurring any liability to the Participants. The Organiser is fully entitled to disqualify a Participant or a team that does not abide by these Terms and Conditions or acts in any way deemed inappropriate by the Organiser.
The Organisers shall not be responsible, and assume no liability, for (i) lost, misdirected, or late submissions; (ii) electronic transmission errors; (iii) theft, destruction, change of, or unauthorized, access to submissions; (iv) technical problems, malfunctions or errors in the operation of any hardware or software which is necessary for the transmission of submissions or for the procedure of the Hackathon, including computer viruses and bugs, or for manipulations, unauthorized access, scams, overload of the Internet or a website or any combinations of these, nor for other causes not subject to the inspection by the Organisers and the respective subsidiaries and branches of the Organisers. In case any of the above should occur, the Organisers retain the right, in its sole discretion, to adjust, change, postpone or cancel the hackathon in any manner it deems fit, or to take any other action it deems appropriate, including, without limitation, disqualifying any Participant who wrongfully causes any of the above to occur. The Organisers reserve all rights to recover damages and to take any resources that may be available to it against any such Participant.
Participants who are employees of a corporation, government agency, or academic institution are responsible for ensuring that their participation complies with any policies their respective corporation, agency or institution may have regarding participation in events such as the Hackathon. If the Organisers have reason to believe that a Participant violated any such internal policies, the Organiser reserves the right to prohibit the Participant from participating in the Hackathon. The Organisers assume no liability and are not responsible for any disputes arising between a Participant and his/her employer with respect to participation in the Hackathon.
Any dispute regarding this Hackathon shall – failing a friendly settlement – be submitted to arbitration. The Arbitration Board shall be composed of two arbitrators each selected by one of the parties, and of a presiding arbitrator, appointed by the other two arbitrators; in the event of no presiding arbitrator being appointed under the above conditions within a period of six months, the President of the Tribunal Judiciaire of Strasbourg shall make the appointment. Alternatively, the parties may submit the dispute for decision to a single arbitrator selected by them by common agreement or, failing such agreement, by the President of the Tribunal Judiciaire of Strasbourg.

The Board referred to above or, where appropriate, the arbitrator referred to above, shall determine the procedure to be followed. If the parties do not agree upon the law applicable to the Board or, where appropriate, the arbitrator shall decide ex aequo et bono having regard to the general principles of law and to commercial usage. The arbitral decision shall be binding upon the parties and there shall be no appeal from it

When participating in this Hackathon the Teams members accept and agree to the Privacy Notice of Organiser (see Annex I to the present Terms and Conditions)  and the Facilitator Privacy Policy accessible HERE.

The Hackathon Organisers reserve the right to verify the validity of submissions, as well as their compliance with these Terms and Conditions, and to disqualify any Participant who interferes in any way with the entry process or who submits an entry that is not in accordance with these Terms and Conditions. The Hackathon Organisers reserve the right to cancel the Hackathon and/or cancel or amend the awards if it deems in its sole discretion that there is an insufficient number of participants.
The Hackathon Organisers’ decision in relation to any and all aspects of the Hackathon is final and binding on every Participant and there shall be no appeal or review process for any such decision.
The Hackathon Organisers are not responsible for (i) any problems or technical malfunctions of any telephone network or lines, computer or online systems, servers, providers, computer equipment, software, or any technical problems or traffic congestion on the Internet or any website, delay or error in postal service, or any combination thereof; (ii) any incorrect or inaccurate information caused by any equipment or programming associated with, or used in this Hackathon, or any technical error, including any omission, interruption, deletion, defect, delay in operation or transmission, mobile or satellite network failure, theft, destruction, unauthorized access or alteration of entries, or any combination thereof. The Hackathon Organisers assume no liability and are not responsible for any injury or damage to a Participant’s or any other person’s electronic device resulting from participation in this Hackathon or downloading any data as part thereof. In the event of war, terrorism, economic sanctions, riots, fires, natural disaster, or any other state of emergency or force majeure, the Hackathon Organisers reserve the right to cancel, terminate, modify, or suspend the Hackathon or take any other action it deems fit with respect to the Hackathon without any liability.


Official photos and video recordings will be taken during the event and may be used on the Internet, social networks and other forms of public communication of the Council of Europe. If you do not wish to be photographed and/or recorded, please inform the Organisers accordingly before or during the event but in any case before any such material is released.


As a condition of participation in this Hackathon, and/or access to and use of Organiser platforms and data, Participants agree to indemnify the Organisers, its subcontractors, successors and assigns for all damages, costs, expenses and other liabilities, including but not limited to legal fees and expenses, relating to any claim arising out of related to participation to the Hackathon and access to and use of the Platforms, or Participant’s breach of these Terms & Conditions, as well as any applicable law or the rights of another person or party.


The Participant agrees to hold in confidence and not disclose any confidential information obtained from the Hackathon Organisers during the course of the Hackathon. Confidential information includes, but is not limited to, any personal information, financial information, and technical data. The Participant agrees to use the confidential information solely for the purpose of participating in the Hackathon. The Participant shall take all reasonable steps to ensure that confidential information is not disclosed or distributed to any third party without the prior written consent of the Organiser.

The Hackathon Organisers reserve the right to change these Terms and Conditions and to add and/or remove any provisions from these Terms and Conditions at any time (including before and during the Hackathon), for any reason and in any manner it deems fit.


All provisions of the Terms & Conditions which by their nature should remain termination shall, in the event thereof, remain valid, including, without limitation, intellectual property rights provision, indemnity, limitations of liability and Non-Disclosure Agreements.

The Organisers shall not be liable to Participants or any third party for any claims or damages arising out of any cancellation or suspension, or any other actions taken by the Organisers in connection therewith.


The Hackathon is organised under the auspices of the project “Foster Transparency of Judicial Decisions and Enhancing the National Implementation of the ECHR” (TJENI) implemented by the Council of Europe and funded by the EEA and Norway Grants Fund for Regional Cooperation.

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