CLAUDETTE: Empowering Consumers through Artificial Intelligence


Chancellor Day Hall Room 102 (Meighan Classroom), 3644 rue Peel, Montreal, QC, H3A 1W9, CA

Join us for an AI and the Law talk with Przemysław Pałka, who will discuss the possibility of automating the legal assessment of online consumer contracts.


From a consumer's point of view, all the online terms of service and privacy policies she accepts are in themselves "big data" - too much to read and too much to comprehend. Yet, these documents significantly shape the legal position of internet users. This position is often suboptimal not because consumers (or their organizations) do not enjoy enough rights (or competences); rather, their factual capabilities to oversee and execute these rights are limited.

The underlying premise of the CLAUDETTE Project is that artificial intelligence, especially machine learning, can be employed to empower consumers and civil society in dealing with dozens of online contracts and legal notices. The lecture will demonstrate how this empowerment could look like, building on theoretical and empirical arguments. The lecture will further talk about technical preconditions for developing similar systems, promising areas of future research, and the possible ways of bringing functioning AI-powered legal tools into the hands of consumers.

CLAUDETTE – “automated CLAUse DETectEr” – is an interdisciplinary research project hosted at the Law Department of the European University Institute, led by professors Giovanni Sartor and Hans-W. Micklitz, in cooperation with engineers from University of Bologna and University of Modena and Reggio Emilia.

About the speaker

Przemysław Pałka, Ph.D., is a Research Scholar at Yale Law School, Fellow in Private Law at the YLS Center for Private Law, and a Resident Fellow at the Yale Information Society Project, where he studies the intersections of law, society, and new technologies. Interested mainly in private law, data law, and data analytics, Przemysław tries to theorize the dialectical relationship between the ways the law co-creates the socio-technological reality we live in, and how technological changes challenge the assumptions the law holds about this world. Policy-wise, he is interested in the regulation of data management, and the possibilities of using machine to increase access to justice for individuals.

AI and the Law Series

The AI and the Law Series is brought to you by the Montreal Cyberjustice Laboratory; the McGill Student Collective on Technology and Law; the Private Justice and the Rule of Law Research Group; the McGill Centre for Intellectual Property Policy; and the Autonomy Through Cyberjustice Technologies Project.

This event is eligible for inclusion as 1.5 hours of continuing legal education as reported by members of the Barreau du Québec.

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