Artificial Intelligence and the Legal Sector


Chancellor Day Hall Salle de conférence Stephen Scott (OCDH 16), 3644 rue Peel, Montreal, QC, H3A 1W9, CA

Soyez des nôtres pour une conférence L'intelligence artificielle et le droit avec Hannes Westermann, qui se penchera sur l'usage de l'intelligence artificielle dans le secteur juridique.


[En anglais seulement] Artificial Intelligence (AI) is being hailed as one of the biggest inventions of the 21st century. It is likely to have a profound impact on many areas of society. Already, AI is being used in many different fields, from playing complex board or computer games at superhuman levels, to customer specific marketing automation, to performing tasks previously reserved for humans, such as driving cars. AI allows computer programs to find and analyze patterns and correlations in huge amounts of data and use the results for the prediction of certain future events. This talk will focus on how these capabilities of Artificial Intelligence can be used within the complex area of legal practice.

This talk will also describe and demonstrate which elements and capabilities of AI can be used, and are already being used, in the field of law. This leads to considerations like: Will lawyers be replaced by computers? This talk will also be about some findings of our JusticeBot project, which aims to improve access to justice in landlord-tenant disputes using AI and discuss some of the challenges that we are facing.

Le conférencier

[En anglais seulement] Hannes Westermann is a PhD student in Artificial Intelligence and Law at the Université de Montréal. He works at the Cyberjustice Laboratory and is in charge of the JusticeBot project, which aims to enable greater access to justice through the use of Artificial Intelligence. Hannes has published a paper about his research at the “International Conference on Artificial Intelligence and Law (ICAIL) 2019” in Montréal, and his latest paper has been accepted to the upcoming “32nd International Conference on Legal Knowledge and Information Systems (JURIX 2019)” in Madrid.

Hannes graduated in 2018 from Lund University in Sweden with a Master of Laws, focusing on Privacy and Big Data. He spent an exchange year at the Faculty of law at McGill University. Besides his law studies, Hannes has been interested and active in technology and programming, e.g. by participating in hackathons and developing several smartphone apps.

Le cycle L'intelligence artificielle et le droit

Ce cycle de conférences est une collaboration du Laboratoire de cyberjustice de Montréal; le Collectif étudiant pour la technologie et le droit; le groupe de recherche Justice privée et état de droit; le Centre des politiques en propriété intellectuelle de McGill; et le projet d'Autonomisation des Acteurs Judiciaires par la Cyberjustice et l’Intelligence Artificielle’ (AJC).

Cette activité est admissible pour 1,5 heures de formation continue obligatoire tel que déclaré par les membres du Barreau du Québec.

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