New Study Programme for 21st Century Legal Experts
Law, Cognitive Technologies & Artificial Intelligence

1AI Tools for Legal Practitioners

- Friday, 2 June 2017
- 9 am to 12 noon

Course content

  • Existing cognitive and AI legal technologies and associated legal services will be mapped out (e.g. e-discovery, online legal services, legal research, practice management software, intellectual property services, artificial intelligence legal tech, lawyers search, etc.).
  • Overview of the future of markets for legal services, including legal start-ups, legal data science and software providers, legal engineering services, etc.
  • Technology constraints created by law societies, bar associations, etc.


Alexander DUISBERG, Partner, Bird & Bird
Nicolas PETIT, Professor, University of Liege and Research Professor, University of South Australia
Arnaud TOUATI, Partner, ALTO Lawyers, Paris, Member of the Paris Bar Incubator
Tomas VAN DER HEIJDEN, Head of Legal Research, ROSS Intelligence

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2AI in Litigation and Decision-Making

- Friday, 23 June 2017
- 9 am to 12 noon

Course content

  • This session discusses use-case applications of algorithmic technologies through the various law enforcement layers, namely courtroom litigation, decision-making by administrative agencies and deliberation by legislative bodies.
  • Can and should ex ante deliberation by legislative bodies be open to algorithmic assistance?
  • Can and should ex post judicial and decision-making activity be open to algorithmic assistance, and what role should be reserved for judges and decision-makers in this process?
  • Should certain types of judicial and decision-making functions be reserved for humans (such as deciding guilt or innocence), while others can be delegated to machines (such as determining sentences)?


Alexandre DE STREEL, Professor, University of Namur and Director, CRIDS
David HORAT, Patent Examiner and Automation Expert
Nicolas PETIT, Professor, University of Liege and Research Professor, University of South Australia

3Cognitive Technology and AI: Legislation and Regulation

- Friday, 30 June 2017
- 9 am to 12 noon

Course content

This course seeks to map out the potential regulatory needs created by cognitive technology and AI. More specifically, the goals of the course are to: 

  • provide an overview of the state of play in relation to the introduction of AI in society;  
  • set out the main regulatory options discussed in the scholarship in relation to AI (disciplinary, functional and instrumental);
  • envision the issue in terms of the consequences of the introduction of AI technology in society, and proceed on this basis to explore alternative consequentialist regulatory responses;
  • understand the implications of those distinct regulatory approaches in dedicated fields of the law, i.e. liability law and the law of war. Students who take this course will gain a good understanding of a) potential regulatory issues relating to AI, and b) theories of regulation.


Laurent DE MUYTER, Of Counsel, Jones Day
Nicolas PETIT, Professor, University of Liege and Research Professor, University of South Australia
Jonathan SAGE, Government and Regulatory Affairs EU Executive, IBM