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Conference: Digital and Intelligent Europe: EU Citizens and the Challenges of New Technologies

On 1 and 2 April 2020, ERC project members Erlis Themeli and Emma van Gelder co-organized the conference ‘Digital and Intelligent Europe: EU Citizens and the Challenges of New Technologies for Civil Justice’, together with Anna van Duin and Rachel Rietveld (University of Amsterdam). The two-day conference revolved around EU citizens in their search for justice in an increasingly digitized world. Digital technologies can reduce barriers to access to justice by offering more affordable, swifter and simpler solutions. Key notes were delivered by Natali Helberger and Tania Sourdin and the three panels evolved around the topics of digital and intelligent out of court procedure, digital and intelligent justice solutions for supporting the court, and digital and intelligent courts. The conference brought together academics and practitioners from around the world and resulted in vivid discussions and a lot of food for thought. We will prepare a full conference report in the upcoming days.

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Published: April 19, 2019

On Thursday 18 April, Stefan Philipsen (Montaigne Centre for the Rule of Law and Justice) and Erlis Themeli (Erasmus School of Law) organised an expert meeting on the use of artificial intelligence in the administration of justice in Utrecht. The aim of the meeting was to present some recent research results in the field of artificial intelligence in the judiciary.

In recent years, the possibilities of using artificial intelligence in the judiciary have been explicitly considered. This development is in line with a broader trend whereby the exercise of governmental authority is highly automated. When it comes to the imposition of tax assessments and the determination of social security, civil servants only intervene to a very limited extent. The judiciary is also experimenting with the use of artificial intelligence.

During the meeting, participants exchanged views on the opportunities and dangers of the use of artificial intelligence in the judiciary. Recent developments were mapped out, and some suggestions for future research were advanced. This meeting builds on an previous meeting organized in 2018 in Rotterdam, which was financed by the Erasmus Initiative Dynamics of Inclusive Prosperity. Artificial Intelligence is one of the avenues that the digitization of justice is taking. This research falls within the ERC funded project Building EU Civil justice.