A look back at the webinar on Open AI and data in law and justice systems from the Open for Good Alliance

The Open for Good Alliance, within the framework of UNESCO’s Global Initiative for the Education of Judges, which has trained more than 23,000 judicial operators since 2014, organized the “Webinar on Open AI and Data in the systems of law and justice”. Over 100 judges, lawyers, officials and researchers joined this webinar to hear perspectives from Brazil, India and Kenya on the development, use and governance of AI systems in justice systems.

AI systems are used in court systems to make the administration of justice more efficient. Algorithms are used for legal research, document analysis or predictive justice, their objectivity is highly dependent on the underlying training datasets compiled and curated by AI practitioners.

The speakers for this webinar were:

  • Rafael Leite, Assistant Judge, working on the Justice 4.0 initiative in Brazil
  • Supriya Sankaran, Co-founder of Agami, OpenNyAI mission to improve access to justice in India
  • Eric Kariuki, Justice Accelerator Manager, HiiL Innovation Hub, Kenya

The webinar aimed to answer the following questions:

  • How is AI used in the legal and judicial systems of the 3 countries and what institutional and societal factors contribute to its adoption?
  • What kinds of governance and cooperation mechanisms between technology and legal communities are driving the movement towards AI and open data in legal and justice systems?
  • What are the barriers to developing and deploying AI tools and open data in law and justice contexts? What safeguards need to be in place for the ethical use of AI in the justice system?
  • How do open AI-based innovations strengthen the administration of justice?
  • What aspects are essential to make AI and open data initiatives scalable and interoperable in the context of law and justice?

The peer-to-peer discussion between justice operators examined issues around the use of AI to aid legal research, digitization and documentation of legal precedents, and language barriers to justice. Speakers highlighted the importance of using open source datasets and applications to enhance accessibility and the administration of justice.

Supriya Sankaran said:

“The openness and transparency of AI applications builds trust between developers and public actors. »

Digitization within the courts makes it possible to automate routine tasks and improve information management, so staff can focus on tasks that require more in-depth work and creativity.

Thus, Brazil, one of the countries with the heaviest workload in the world, promotes the development and use of new technologies, including AI, to make its judicial system more efficient as part of its Justice 4.0 program. In addition to helping legal staff, people seeking legal services benefit from access to more channels of legal services and better connectivity of justice systems through the Judiciary Digital Platform (JDPJ) . Through it, they can access court databases, such as the database of criminal executions and the database of arrest warrants, notification services and intelligent searches for information on cases.

Rafael Leite explained:

“The objective is to allow access to justice through the development of actions and collaborative projects that use new technologies and artificial intelligence. »

Access to justice can be facilitated by improving access to legal documents and legal assistance through quality translations into local languages. During the webinar, examples from India and Tanzania demonstrated the potential of AI to increase accessibility to legal assistance. In India, the Bhashini platform enables short speech-to-speech translations, in legal contexts, for local Indian languages, its focus is real-time voice translation. In Tanzania, legal accessibility start-up Sheria Kiganjan provides Swahili explanations of English national laws. In addition, she offers free online legal education through articles on local laws.

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A look back at the webinar on Open AI and data in law and justice systems from the Open for Good Alliance

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