The digitalization of the judiciary has been an important topic in germany for many years. However, the approaches taken to date have been heavily criticized (e.g. the “besonderes elektronisches Anwaltspostfach” – beA). The main reasons for this are lack of features, security concerns, and difficulty integrating the software into businesses. Is there no more advanced solution than a government mandated proprietary software?
Together with my colleague and fellow student Andreas Kummer, we addressed this scientific question as part of our master thesis. The vision was to develop an open standard that all institutions of the judiciary in Germany will use for communication. Therefore, we spoke with lawyers, judges, prosecutors and companies about how they envision an appropriate solution. Based on their input, we have developed a software architecture prototype and protocol for an electronic legal communication platform. The proposed solution was reviewed and commented on by experts from various fields. The findings and the result of this journey are the content of our master thesis.
The master thesis received a very positive response from our professors and was nominated by our university and was awarded the IHK Award 2020. The award honors outstanding scientific achievements by young academics. The award winners were selected by a jury of the Chamber of Commerce and Industry (IHK) Rheinhessen, consisting of representatives from business and science. In the course of a (corona-compliant) virtual award ceremony, we received a well designed certificate:
Andreas Kummer (left) and Dennis Kriechel