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On 25 May 2018, the EU’s new General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) will come into force. While the regulations are aimed at protecting EU citizens and residents, its reach will be global and will impact on certain businesses operating in South Africa. The GDPR replaces the Data Protection Directive and is far-reaching, imposing additional obligations on organisations processing personal data of individuals in the EU. The protection not only extends to EU-residents, but all individuals…
The UK’s Serious Fraud Office (SFO), a government department that investigates and prosecutes serious or complex fraud and corruption, has replaced barristers with artificial intelligence (AI) to review documents and identify legally privileged material. While barristers were previously tasked with sifting through documents, the SFO’s new AI system is able to process more than half a million documents a day which is 2 000 times faster than a human lawyer. The AI system can group information,…
The use of Artificial Intelligence (AI) in legal investigations and compliance is one of the most ground breaking ways in which AI is set to change the way in which lawyers do their work. AI is your new detective A fitting example of AI in legal investigation action is a due diligence of a company. Junior lawyers spend hundreds of hours reviewing documents – a task that can be undertaken in minutes by AI. AI…
The use of artificial intelligence (AI) is a critically important tool which empowers lawyers to work more effectively, and provide increased value to clients. One of the ways that lawyers and their clients can benefit from AI is through the use of predictive analytics. AI is better suited than its human counterparts to analyse and predict outcomes using massive amounts of data from the facts of case law, research, briefs, and other legal documents. LexisNexis…
Artificial Intelligence (AI) is set to change the way in which lawyers do their work. Apart from affecting areas like legal research and analysis, AI in the law firm has led to an increased focus on document automation. Large transactions often require an entire suite of legal documents, all of which take time to draft and can ultimately delay the implementation of a transaction. While basic forms have long been generated by way of…
The advent of artificial intelligence (AI) has long been eulogised and feared by the legal community. Augurs say that it will bring about efficiency and possibly bring an end to its antithesis – the billable hour. Unlike the once-common lift operator, AI is not set to replace lawyers any time soon, but it will, without a doubt, not leave law firms untouched. If embraced, AI can be a critically important tool which empowers lawyers to…
China’s Supreme People’s Court has employed Faxin, a legal-services robot, which assists judges in sifting through reports and identifying laws relevant to cases. Faxin is an artificial intelligence (AI) platform aimed at transforming China’s overburdened legal system. Faxin is not the only such product currently being used in China. FaXiaoTao, a chat bot, matches clients and lawyers while also analysing case law. 206, a system currently in its trial phase, is assisting Shanghai courts…
Concerned with the influence of technology in practicing law, Peking University Law School is looking to bring artificial intelligence (AI) into curriculums by establishing a new AI research centre. Peking University Law School is partnering with a cloud-based analytical tool Gridsum to launch the research centre which will focus on the possibilities and opportunities of AI in China’s legal system. The AI research centre, known as the Legal AI Lab, will use AI and…
The Ontario Ministry of the Attorney General and the Legal Innovation Zone launched an artificial intelligence (AI) legal challenge to encourage law firms to use technology companies that apply AI to legal applications. The six finalists each provide a unique approach using AI to solve legal problems in one way or another. Their work also sheds light on the AI possibilities for the legal market. Destin AI created an AI chatbot which assists individuals undergoing…
Freedom of establishment, one of the four freedoms of the European Union single market, will allow artificial intelligence (AI) with legal personality to move freely and be recognised within the EU single market. In a research paper published in Switzerland, it is argued that AI that enjoys legal personality under a member state’s national law can invoke freedom of establishment to have its personality recognised in other member states. A member state would also…