CEPEJ Conference: "Artificial intelligence at the service of the Judiciary", 27 September 2018, Riga CEPEJ Conference: "Artificial intelligence at the service of the Judiciary", 27 September 2018, Riga

The CEPEJ and the Courts Administration of the Latvia are organising a conference on "Artificial Intelligence at the Service of the Judiciary" in Riga (Latvia), on 27 September 2018. This conference will be opened by the Minister of Justice of Latvia and the President of the CEPEJ, and will bring together representatives of the academic world, justice professionals, judicial institutions from different European countries to explore how artificial intelligence can be used to support the work of legal professionals and courts and ensure a better quality of justice, while respecting fundamental principles. It will highlight the values that should guide the application of artificial intelligence in judicial systems. The debates will feed into the work and studies currently being carried out by the CEPEJ in the field of artificial intelligence, including in particular a European Ethical Charter on the use of artificial intelligence in judicial systems, which could be adopted at the end of this year. It will be broadcast live on the CEPEJ website and on social networks. Interviews will be carried out on site and will support the CEPEJ's work and studies in the field of artificial intelligence.

 Special file of the Conference

The CEPEJ has just published its 16th Newsletter dedicated to the theme of: "Predictive justice and artificial intelligence (AI)”. Artificial intelligence in the field of justice is central to debates in all Council of Europe member States. The newsletter provides an overview of some of AI's applications in the justice field and describes some of the challenges and issues facing public policy makers. The newsletter also describes the work in progress within the CEPEJ, both in the fields of judicial timeframes, quality of justice, mediation, evaluation of judicial systems and cooperation.

 Link to the Newsletter

Presentation of the achievements of the CEPEJ-GT-QUAL working group Presentation of the achievements of the CEPEJ-GT-QUAL working group

Artificial intelligence (#AI) raises new challenges for #justice and #judicial systems. The European Commission for the Efficiency of Justice of the Council of Europe, through its working group GT-QUAL, is working on it. Watch the video to learn more about this work.

 

Live broadcast of the Study session on artificial intelligence and Judicial Systems on 27 June 2018 from 10 am to 12.30 Live broadcast of the Study session on artificial intelligence and Judicial Systems on 27 June 2018 from 10 am to 12.30

CEPEJ organised a Study Session on "Artificial Intelligence and Judicial Systems" on 27 June 2018 from 9.30 am to 12.30 pm. The movie of the study session will soon be published on the CEPEJ website.

 Link to the programme

 Link to the presentations, biographies and CVs of the speakers


Opening speeches by Mrs Gabriella Battaini-Dragoni, Deputy Secretary General of the Council of Europe and by Mr Georg Stawa, President of the CEPEJ


AI to serve the efficiency and the quality of justice
Giuseppe CONTISSA, Professor in Legal Informatics at LUISS University, Rome (Italy)



What is AI?
Jean LASSÈGUE, Philosopher and epistemologist, National Centre for Scientific Research (CNRS) research fellow and associate searcher at Advanced study institute on justice (IHEJ) (France)

AI and criminal justice
Aleš ZAVRŠNIK, Senior research fellow at the Institute of Criminology, associate professor at the Faculty of Law in Ljubljana University (Slovenia) and EURIAS Research Fellow 2017-18 at the Collegium Helveticum in Zürich


What role for AI in a judge's decision-making process ?
Dory REILING, Honorary senior judge, independent information technology and judicial reform expert (Netherlands)


Towards a European ethic for algorithms?
Exchange of views with the CEPEJ members
Francesco CONTINI, Senior researcher at the Research Institute on judicial systems - National Research Council (IRSIG-CNR), Bologna (Italy)

Presentation of the CEPEJ working plan and conclusions
João ARSÉNIO DE OLIVEIRA, (Portugal) Chairman of the CEPEJ-GT-QUAL (Working group on the quality of justice)

What is artifical intelligence in the field of justice ? What is artifical intelligence in the field of justice ?
  • The processing of judicial data by so-called artificial intelligence systems or methods derived from data sciences are likely to improve the transparency of the functioning of justice by improving in particular the predictability of the application of the law and the consistency of case law. 
  • The so-called artificial intelligence systems or data sciences capable of providing support for legal advice, decision-making assistance or guidance for litigants must operate under conditions of transparency and fair processing, certified by an expert independent of the operator. 
  • Such processing must be carried out in compliance with the fundamental rights guaranteed by the European Convention on Human Rights and the Convention for the Protection of Personal Data.
     
The work of the CEPEJ through the Report of the Secretary General The work of the CEPEJ through the Report of the Secretary General

In his report 2018 on "the situation of democracy, human rights and the rule of law", the Secretary General of the Council of Europe recalls the importance of the CEPEJ's work for the implementation of the Action Plan to strengthen the independence and impartiality of the judiciary. It is based on the evaluation of judicial systems carried out by the CEPEJ, in particular regard to the management of procedural delays by the courts. In his report, the Secretary-General also presents the challenges posed by technological developments and artificial intelligence, especially in the field of predictive justice. It stresses the potential of these developments to improve the predictability of the judicial process and to ensure the transparency of judges' work and the consistency of case law, but also notes that such processes cannot be limited to algorithms and must take into account particular circumstances and ensure respect for fundamental rights. The Council of Europe asked the CEPEJ to examine the implications of the use of artificial intelligence for the justice sector, from the point of view of both the efficiency of justice and its quality, and to formulate guidelines for the Member States.

  Link to the Report adopted at the 128th meeting of the Committee of Ministers on 18 May 2018 on the state of democracy, human rights and the rule of law

Online survey about the use of Artificial Intelligence (AI) in judicial systems Online survey about the use of Artificial Intelligence (AI) in judicial systems
Online resources Online resources

Guidelines on how to drive change towards CyberjusticeAt its 28th plenary meeting (Strasbourg, 6 – 7 December), the CEPEJ adopted its Guidelines on how to drive change towards Cyberjustice. These guidelines constitute a critical assessment of the systems deployed in the field of information systems in courts and a synthesis of good practices. The introduction of digital tools in the functioning of judicial systems has often been considered as a guarantee of greater efficiency, not always rightly. The results of IT projects in the Council of Europe member States over the last 15 years have enabled the CEPEJ to develop principles for public decision-makers in order to contribute to the efficient use of information technologies in particular in the context of judicial activity. 

 Guidelines on how to drive change towards Cyberjustice


 Study on the Human Rights dimensions of automated data processing techniques (in particular algorithms) and possible regulatory implications 


 MSI-AUT Committee of experts on Human Rights Dimensions of automated data processing and different forms of artificial intelligence


 Council of Europe and Artificial intelligence

Study session on how to drive changes to cyberjustice Study session on how to drive changes to cyberjustice

This file is based on a study session organised by the CEPEJ on 10 December 2015 at the 26th plenary meeting in Strasbourg and allowed presentation of ITC tools in the field of justice.

  Link to the file of the study session