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New year, new ERC team member!

On 1 January 2020 Betül Kas joined our ERC team as a postdoc researcher on the subproject on privatisation of civil justice. She is the successor of Alexandre Biard, who as of December 2019 continued his career as a senior advisor at BEUC in Brussels, where he will be able to use his extensive research experience for the benefit of enforcing consumer rights in the EU. We are grateful for his invaluable contribution to our project, resulting in an impressive number of publications and conference presentations among others. We all greatly appreciated his many initiatives, his fieldwork, support of the other researchers, work spirit, and good sense of humour. We are happy to keep him in our team as an affiliated researcher and look forward to our futher collaboration.

We welcome Betül to our team as the successor of Alexandre for the postdoc project on privatisation. She has an impressive track record, having worked among others as a PhD researcher in the ERC Advanced project of Hans Micklitz at the European University Institute in Florence and as a postdoc researcher in the Vidi project led by Chantal Mak at the University of Amsterdam. Her German background will further strengthen our research on German law and practice. One of her research focuses will be the interaction between public and private justice. We are very happy to have Betül on our team and look forward to working with her in 2020 and onwards!

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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.