Event: Bring in the algorithm! The biases of predictive models under scrutiny


While applications resulting from AI techniques continue to diversify, the law could not escape the trend of automating decision-making. This is manifested in particular by the proposition of using predictive models issued from machine learning (ML) techniques to drive future decisions in judiciary contexts…

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The event will take place Wed 16 Dec 2020 16.00 – 17.30 CET via zoom and registration is mandatory.

Department of Law
Online Debate
Claudia de Concini (EUI – Law)
Prof. Urska Sadl (EUI – Law Department)
Prof. Giovanni Sartor (EUI – Law Department)
Prof. Henrik Palmer Olsen (University of Copenhagen)
Prof. Fabien Tarissan (CNRS, Paris, Computer Science)
Dr. Raphaële Mathilde V Xenidis (iCourts, Copenhagen)
Dr. Francesca Lagioia (Department of Law, EUI)


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NoLesLaw 3rd Workshop program – November 1 and 2, 2018

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Helsinki November 1 and 2


November 1, 2018

Suomen Laki sali (PIV) Porthania, Yliopistonkatu 3


16:30 – 17:00 Welcome by the organizers and Introduction to the workshop (Johan Lindholm, Suvi Sankari, and Urška Šadl)


17:00 – 18.30 Fabien Tarissan, CNRS & ENS Paris-Saclay: Ethics & Algorithms: From Recommendation to Prediction


19:00 Dinner and social activity (for participants)


November 2, 2018


Morning session

Faculty Board room P545 Porthania, Yliopistonkatu 3, 5th floor


9.00 – 9:15 Welcome and coffee

9:15 – 11:30 New Ideas – presentations of empirical research projects

Chair: Johan Lindholm

Format: The speakers present their research projects in approximately 10 minutes, focusing on the main idea (research question) and the empirical approach, which the project adopts. The discussants give brief comments and set the stage for the plenary discussion. To get better feedback the speakers are encouraged to email extended abstracts (750 – 1000 words) to the discussants beforehand.

Nora Stappert, iCourts: Judges, Lawyers, And The Practices of Interpretation in International Criminal Law

Martin Christensen, EUI: External References Among Regional Human Rights Courts – Empirical Patterns and Visualization

Discussant: Raphaëlle Nollez-Goldbach

5 min break

Amalie Frese, University of Vienna: Judicializing Economic Inequalities

Andrea Peripoli, EUI: Conceptions of Market in CJEU’s Case-law on Labor Rights

Clara Rauchegger, EUI and University of Innsbruck: Governing online hate speech and fake news

Discussants: Suvi Sankari, Mattias Derlen

11.45 – 12.00 Break

12:00 – 13.00 Paper presentations: Old Problems of Jurisprudence, Uncovered Sources of Legal Knowledge

Chair: Suvi Sankari

Format: The speakers present the papers in 15 minutes. The discussants give brief comments and set the stage for the plenary discussion. To get better feedback the speakers email extended abstracts (750 – 1000 words) to the discussants beforehand.

Johan Lindholm and Mattias Derlen, Umeå University: Reconsidering Precedent: Lower Courts’ Use of the Swedish Supreme Court’s Case Law

Anna Wallerman, University of Gothenburg: Reaping what they sowed: Preliminary references and (the erosion of) national procedural autonomy

Discussant: Emilia Korkea-aho and Jacob v. H. Holtermann

13.00 – 14.00 Lunch

Afternoon session

Chair: Emilia Korkea-aho

Format: The speakers present the papers in 15 minutes. The discussants give brief comments and set the stage for the plenary discussion. To get better feedback the speakers email extended abstracts (750 – 1000 words) to the discussants beforehand.

14.00 – 15.30 Paper presentations: Old Problems of Jurisprudence, New Approaches to International Law

Raphaëlle Nollez-Goldbach, ENS & CNRS, Paris, Decision Process At The ICC, Debate And Dispute Between Judges

Jacob Slosser, Faculty of Law, University of Copenhagen / iCourts: Interpreting The “Quality Of Law” At The European Court Of Human Rights: Metaphorical Framing And Evaluative Judgment

Mark Klamberg, University of Oxford and Stockholm University, Empirical legal research in international law

Discussants: Paivi Leino, Nora Stappert


Final session

15.30 – 16.30 Wrapping up and discussion over a Friday drink and Hygge

Keynote lecture: Ethics & algorithms: from recommendation to prediction

NoLesLaw is delighted to announce that Fabien Tarissan will give a keynote lecture in Helsinki on November 1, 2018:

Ethics & algorithms: from recommendation to prediction.

Machine learning algorithms are presently involved in several aspects of human decision making processes.
In this talk I will introduce the basic concepts used in such algorithms and the objectives they try to maximize.
Relying on online experiments, I will show evidence of the effect of algorithmic recommendations on user behaviour and choices before switching to the judicial and law enforcement contexts and discuss the impact of such applications.

“Network Science & Law” at Sunbelt 2018 – Call for participation

Network Science & Law
Session of the XXXVIII Sunbelt Conference

*Utrecht, Netherlands, June 26 – July 1, 2018*

Submission deadline: February 1, 2018.

Scholars from a variety of disciplines increasingly use network analysis to study law and legal institutions. Still, the diversity of methods is overwhelming and the value, which the approach adds to traditional legal research, remains difficult to understand and appraise critically.

This is precisely what we wish to explore in this session. More concretely, we will focus on the perils and promises of network analysis of law by integrating the perspective of computational social sciences into legal scholarship. We are interested in studies that:

1. Analyse the (social) networks of actors that participate in the law making processes, such as judicial networks, networks of counsels and legal scholars, as well as institutions, such as international organizations, including courts, arbitration tribunals and NGOs.
Questions include:

– Lawyers, judges and lawmakers are often perceived as societal elites.
Is that reflected in the networks they form? How susceptible are these networks to change?
– Are institutional barriers or biases entrenched in legal networks?
– How do legal ideas and expertise diffuse through legal networks?

2. Explore the web(s) of law, meaning the networks of legal rules, statutes, as well as international, bilateral or multilateral treaties, linked through explicit or implicit references (citation networks).
Possible topics that can be addressed include:

– What are explicit (e.g. cross-references) and implicit (e.g. semantic) ties between legal documents and how can they be measured? What do they tell us about the law and the law makers?
– What do implicit citations, observed as the repetition of a specific legal language that legal actors, such as courts, use in legal documents, reveal their perception of the law?
– How do courts differ in their use of citations? What internal or external factors explain these differences?
– What makes a legal case legally important in the web of law and what makes a case famous? How can we use citation networks to identify such cases or search for cases, which become precedents?
– Can citation networks reveal how the law develops, changes and adapts to its social, political and economic context?

The session welcomes both theoretical work and empirical studies of network theories and social network analysis to any question related to the legal domain. The topics outlines above are meant as suggestions rather than an exhausting list of topics, which we wish to address.

The abstract (500 words max) must be submitted before February 1, 2018
(23.59 hrs. CET time) using the website of the conference:

For any query about the session, please contact Fabien Tarissan

Session chairs:
Wolfgang Alschner (University of Ottawa, Canada) Urska Sadl (European University Institute, Italy) Fabien Tarissan (CNRS, University Paris-Saclay, France)