On Tuesday, December 10th, 2019, the LCO will host an invitational forum on automated decision-making in the civil and administrative justice system. The forum is a cross-disciplinary event designed to promote innovative, collaborative and multi-disciplinary analysis and recommendations.  The LCO has invited more than 30 policy makers, lawyers, jurists, technologists, academics, and community organizers to share experiences, discuss issues, and consider law reform options.  We are also inviting leading US advocates and researchers to help us learn from the American and international experience. 

Presenters include:

  • Kevin DeLiban (Legal Aid Arkansas), Martha Owen (Deats, Durst, Owen & Levy P.L.L.C.), and Christiaan van Veen (Director, Digital Welfare State and Human Rights Project at NYU Law), who will share case studies of AI in administrative decision-making;
  • Professor Jennifer Raso (University of Alberta, Faculty of Law) and Raj Anand (Partner at WeirFoulds, former Chief Commissioner of the OHRC), who will discuss legal issues that arise from the use of AI and automated decision-making in government decision-making; and
  • Nele Achten (Berkman Klein Center for Internet and Society, Harvard University), Benoit Heshaies (Treasury Board of Canada Secretariat, Government of Canada), Amy Bihari (Ontario Digital Service, Government of Ontario), and Professor Julia Stoyanovich (NYU), who will discuss regulatory efforts underway in the area of AI and civil justice

This event follows and builds upon an earlier LCO forum considering AI and algorithms in the Canadian criminal justice system.  Both projects consider the impact of AI and automated decision-making on access to justice, human rights, and due process.

Following the forum, the LCO will produce and distribute an event report and supporting materials.

For more information about the LCO’s digital rights projects, see our dedicated webpage.