AI and Justice

With Lorena Jaume-Palasí

04.05.20  11.05.20  18.05.20  08.06.20  15.06.20  22.06.20 

Jurisprudence is the most symbolic form of speaking and producing justice. It is the act of bringing legal standards into context. Justice finds itself at the intersection between the production and deletion of normative standards. It is about balancing the individual with the societal, the standards with the exceptions and the unseen. And yet the volume of jurisprudence created since 1950s has not been systematically analyzed to understand the human patterns in the act of justice. France has prohibited the statistical analysis of jurisprudence arguing that advanced analytical tools with sophisticated algorithms could endanger the independence of the judicative body. On the other side, Germany has had a long lasting tradition of theorizing about the possibilities of automation systems monitoring the justice system. This course will focus on mapping, translating, contesting and looking at traditional justice through the lense of artificial intelligence.

Can justice standards be translated into other (mathematical) languages? How can AI assist and search for gaps in justice? What is the essence of the human in justice?

Also esthetical aspects will be considered: Justice is not only a verdict, but a process. It has its rituals, traditions and symbols visualizing what we consider the core of the procedures and principles of fairness and justice in a society. What other forms of justice visualization can be performed with artificial intelligence? Participants will be assigned to interdisciplinary working groups. Each working group is expected to develop and present a project idea on a topic of the seminar.

Lorena Jaume-Palasí is the founder of The Ethical Tech Society, a fact- and theory based non-profit organization focused on automation and digitization processes with regards to their social relevance. Lorena’s work centers on ethics and legal philosophy. 2017 she was appointed by the Spanish government to the High Level Expert Council on Artificial Intelligence and Big Data and is a former member of the EU High Level Expert Group on Artificial Intelligence. 2018 she was awarded the Theodor Heuss Medal “for her contribution to a differentiated view of algorithms and their mechanisms of action” with the AlgorithmWatch initiative.