Artificial Intelligence and the Judiciary: Is there a role?

Artificial Intelligence and the Judiciary: Is there a role?
06 Mar 2018, 17:30 to 06 Mar 2018, 19:30

Title: Artificial Intelligence and the Judiciary: Is there a role?

Speaker: Hon David Masuhara, Supreme Court of British Columbia, Canada; IALS inns of Court Fellow

Discussant: Damian Clifford, KU Leuven Centre for IT and IP Law

Chair: Dr Nora Ni Loideain, Institute of Advanced Legal Studies

In this seminar Justice David Masuhara will discuss the advances in artificial intelligence and its impact on the future of the judiciary and the judicial function.  For most of his career, Justice Masuhara has been involved in information technology matters including various initiatives to move the court system to digital platforms and reviewing technology policies. British Columbia has been progressive in adopting online dispute resolution processes for small civil claims and strata disputes; and the electronic receipt of uncontested divorce applications, estate applications, pleadings, motions, affidavits and digital court orders. Over this period, he has noted “‘intelligent’ machines have overtaken humans in complex gaming scenarios. Predictive algorithms arising from large data have been developed in a growing number of areas, including the field of law.” These developments pose opportunities for the justice system which at the same time necessitate a serious exploration of AI implications for the administration of justice.

Justice Masuhara’s exploration has included a survey of over 130 members of the Canadian judiciary inquiring into various aspects of AI to assist in his review as to the receptiveness, sensitivities and concerns from a judicial perspective.

Justice David Masuhara is a judge of the Supreme Court of British Columbia and is the 2017-18 Inns of Court Fellow at the Institute of Advanced Legal Studies.


This event is FREE but advance booking is required.  All Welcome. 


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