Updated: Jan 31

Regular readers of this blog will know that we think that artificial intelligence (AI) will play an increasing role in the law in the coming years. What that role, or roles, will be, only time will tell.

The Faculty of Law at the University of Oxford was awarded £1.2 million to pursue a research project to explore the potential, and the limitations, of AI in support of legal services. [1] The project is called ‘Unlocking the Potential for AI in English Law’.

The British and Irish Legal Information Institute (BAILII) and the University of Oxford have recently (December 2020) issued a press release [2]. This states that Oxford project can now use AI to explore judicial cases across England and Wales. The press release states:

“BAILII has granted the Unlocking the Potential of AI for English Law (‘AI for Law’) research team bulk access to their entire dataset of judicial decisions for research purposes. With more than 400,000 searchable cases, BAILII holds the largest, most comprehensive and most popular freely available dataset of case law in England and Wales.”

BAILII is an excellent resource that we use daily [3]. We will be interested to see how this collaboration with the Oxford project develops. Either way, it is more proof – if proof were needed – that AI will be used increasingly in the legal profession and in the provision of legal services, among many others.




Cambridge Legal English Academy 2021

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