It’s called e-Justice Centre and it represents a joint project of the Justice Department and Aveiro’s University, which already has a strong presence in Second Life.
The Justice Department’s press release explains that the centre aims to be a place where Second Life residents can resolve conflicts that come about in the 3D world, such as interpretation of contracts or problems with acquiring consumer goods on line.
This initiative is an important one, because it is announced exactly when Portugal is presiding to the European Union and is meant to send a strong signal to all European partners that Europe is now a strong believer in these methods of resolving legal issues. And of course it is also a sign that the on line world is not ignored by the higher instances of goverment, at the European level.
Hopefully it will also mark the beginning of the use of more modern technologies applied to solving the delays of common rule of law in the courts, in Portugal and elsewhere.