To predict or not to predict? Re-thinking the field of automatic court decision classification

Event date
26 January 2021
Event time
13:00 - 15:00
Oxford week
Masha Medvedeva

The interest in predicting outcomes of court decisions is at its peak, and many researchers are demonstrating promising results and high accuracies. But how do they do it, and what are they actually predicting? Should we do it and what for? In her talk Masha Medvedeva (University of Groningen) will discuss the potential and limitations of predicting court judgements. Masha will draw a distinction between forecasting, classifying and identifying judicial decisions, discuss how each can be done with or without machine learning, and how it can be useful in legal research. We will take a dive into how the modern predictive systems work and I will demonstrate how our newest robot JURI (not a robojudge!) forecasts future decisions of the European Court of Human Rights.

  • 1.00pm - 1.30pm: Online networking (feel free to bring your own refreshments)
  • 1.30pm - 2.15pm: Opening talk
  • 2.15pm - 2.45pm: Q&A
  • 2.45pm - 3.00pm: Open discussion

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Constitutional Law