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Artificial Intelligence, Big Data and the Rule of Law

Artificial intelligence and big data offer many opportunities (and significant challenges) for the rule of law. In the legal field, courts in the US are using risk algorithms when making decisions about bail, sentencing and parole; AI technology is being used by law firms to assist with document review and due diligence; and police forces in the UK are using data to predict crime and to guide decisions about the allocation of resources.In fact, it was recently reported that a police force in the UK is preparing to use an AI system as decision-support for custody officers. Outside of the legal field, it is predicted that big data analytics will transform the healthcare, insurance and financial sectors in particular.

In this event, leading experts explored the use of algorithms in decision-making in both the public and private sectors; the human rights implications of automated decision-making, including the occurrence of algorithmic discrimination and bias; the rule of law and the principles of fairness, predictability, transparency and accountability; and emerging good practice and possibilities for regulatory oversight in this field, including rights under the EU General Data Protection Regulation.


Christina Blacklaws, Vice President The Law Society


  • Iain Bourne, Information Commissioner's Office
  • Silkie Carlo, Liberty
  • Prof Lorna McGregor, University of Essex
  • Marion Oswald, University of Winchester
  • Prof Ian Walden, Queen Mary University of London

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