It is not a coincidence that the research fields of artificial intelligence and of law have met and have merged into the interdisciplinary research field of artificial intelligence
and law. Both fields use formal methods, with their strengths
and limitations; in AI there are software, logic, and statistics,
in law there are statutes, procedures, and institutions. Both
fields are creative; in AI, systems are built, experiments designed, and paradigms replaced; in law, regulations are passed
by lawmakers, precedents are set, and ideologies balanced.
Both fields struggle with the inevitable complexity of modeling human behavior — in AI with the goal to reconstruct human behavior, in law with the goal to steer human behavior.
These and other similarities are driving the active and dedicated community of AI and law. Researchers are taking their
inspiration from the law with its insights developed over millennia combining them with AI’s half a century of lessons.
The beginnings of AI and law are marked by the first International Conference on Artificial Intelligence and Law
International Conference on
Artificial Intelligence and Law
Bart Verheij, Enrico Francesconi, Anne Gardner
n The 14th International Conference
on AI and Law (ICAIL 2013) was held
in Rome, Italy, June 10–14, 2013.