AI, Law and Ethics

A human android.

Artificial intelligence is transforming the legal profession. AI, machine learning, natural language processing algorithm can automate most of the steps in the judgments and in the writing of the justice documents. This will enable lawyers to serve their clients more effectively, with access to a wider corpus of laws and sentences, but at the same time this poses ethical questions. Moreover, the AI algorithms should be intelligible by the humans and should comply with existing legislation and currently accepted ethical rules. This bring to the concept of Trustworthy AI. Trustworthy AI has three components, which should be met throughout the system's entire life cycle: (1) it should be lawful, complying with all applicable laws and regulations (2) it should be ethical, ensuring adherence to ethical principles and values and (3) it should be robust, both from a technical and social perspective since, even with good intentions, AI systems can cause unintentional harm [from EU Commission document on “ETHICS GUIDELINES FOR TRUSTWORTHY AI”.

In this workshop, we discuss the opportunities and threats related to the use of AI for managing the knowledge in law and in the justice processes. The goal is to foster awareness and present good practice on the use of AI in law. We intend to discuss the legal aspects of AI, and how much the justice systems can reply on AI, and how ethics can be modified by the new possibilities open-up by AI.

Examples of discussion topics:

  • What will AI mean for the justice process?
  • What should lawyers do to prepare for these changes?
  • How could AI help improve the legal profession?

Tentative workshop contents:

  • Introduction and welcome
  • Keynote presentation
  • Presentation from participants
  • Open space workshop