In August 2018, we launched the Kleros Fellowship of Justice, a program with the goal of creating a strong community of experts in decentralized justice. The application process is open for the fourth edition.

In this six month-long remote program, participants from the fields of computer science, cryptoeconomics, law and business get exposed to the cutting edge of civic technology we’re building at Kleros.

For the duration of the Fellowship, candidates collaborate with core members of the Kleros team by doing work or conducting research relevant to the advancement of decentralized justice.

On this page, you can access the reports produced by participants of the previous batches of the program. They include applications of Kleros to oil and gas long-term contracts, consumer dispute arbitration, legal design, applications of Kleros in civil family courts, supply chain traceability and for dispute resolution in renewable energies.

You can apply for the Fellowship at the link here.

Tracks

Until now, the program was typically composed of four tracks, covering the key fields involved in Kleros: DApp Development, Cryptoeconomics, Law & Society and Business. For this call, a fifth track was created in collaboration with the Maker Foundation: the Kleros/Maker Fellow on Decentralized Finance.

Candidates have to apply to their field of choice and the specific skills to be accepted will depend on the chosen track.

However, they all require a number of general abilities, including:

  • Teamwork spirit.
  • Ability to work remotely and autonomously.

Track 1: DApp Development

The development of decentralized applications is a new discipline in computer science. Activities in this track involve writing code, participating in code reviews, developing tests and dealing with potential bugs and vulnerabilities.

Who should apply?

People with a computer science background, interested in increasing their knowledge and skills on decentralized applications.

Example of topics:

  • Launching new features or enhancements to the platform.
  • Writing tests for new or existing features.
  • Improving performance and identifying potential flaws or vulnerabilities.

Track 2: Cryptoeconomics

Cryptoeconomics refers to the combination of cryptography, computer networks and game theory to create secure and decentralized systems. Activities in this track involve conducting cryptoeconomic research with the goal of making Kleros more robust, efficient and secure.

Who should apply?

People with a background in computer science, mathematics and economics interested in increasing their knowledge of cryptoeconomics.

Examples of topics:

  • Developing better voting mechanisms.
  • Conducting dispute resolution in multi-outcome situations. Handling user griefing in dispute resolution systems.
  • Working on the problem of honest unity (incentivizing an oracle, so that there is a high likelihood that at least one honest response is submitted).
  • Improving random number generation among parties not trusting each other.
  • Developing methods for optimizing the use of gas in Ethereum.

Track 3: Law & Society

Kleros is a groundbreaking civic technology with many implications on legal and governance systems. Activities in this track involve conducting research on the interactions between Kleros and legal, regulatory and governance systems.

Who should apply?

People with a background in law, social science, economics or humanities fields interested in the impact of blockchain on governance, economic and legal systems.

Examples of topics:

  • Adapting regulation to foster the use of Kleros.
  • Understanding Kleros’ contribution to access to justice in emerging economies.
  • Using Kleros in government: what are the low hanging fruits?
  • Is Kleros a workable arbitration method for disputes in the renewable energy sector?

Track 4: Business

This track involves research and work on use cases and business models of Kleros in the field of decentralized justice. Activities in this track are oriented towards a better understanding of Kleros use cases and fostering adoption.

Who should apply?

People with a background in business and entrepreneurship, interested in legaltech and blockchain.

Examples of topics:

  • Understanding Kleros use cases: a strategic analysis matrix.
  • Designing legal products based on Kleros.
  • Applying Kleros to the insurance industry.
  • Developing curated list use cases of Kleros.

Track 5: Decentralized Finance

This year, in collaboration with the Maker Foundation, we opened a specific track to research the use of Kleros for vetting cryptoassets in the Maker protocol. To learn more about the Kleros/Maker Fellow on Decentralized Finance, check this article.

The goal of the Fellowship is to bring brilliant people into the decentralized justice conversation and to create a vibrant research community. Over time, its graduates will be recognized as world experts in the field of decentralized justice.

Follow this link to submit your application to the program.

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