2019 GLAIC

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Title: Toward Law’s Network: a metadata model

5 keywords: networks; empirical legal research; citation analysis

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Dr. Olivier Charbonneau, LLD

Associate Librarian, Concordia University

Doctor of laws, Centre de recherche en droit public, Université de Montréal


1455 boul. de Maisonneuve West, Office S-LB-505-6; Montréal H3G 1M8

514-848-2424 ext. 7362

CV is attached


The burgeoning and ebullient field of machine learning and algorithmic analysis introduces many possibilities for the development of new legal tools, methods and, possibly, institutions. It would seem that, before legal professionals can realistically grasp these new opportunities, one would need a roadmap to better understand which set of approches will lead to meaningful developments and improvements for all.

Toward this end, we will present a conceptual model employing network analysis to explore how meaning could be derived from various corpora of primary and secondary legal sources. We hope this conceptual model can act as a catalyst to empower legal and computer professionals in meaningful exchanges. By conceptual model, we mean the broad sketches which represent how computer scientists can implement a situation into code. We draw inspiration from participatory design in the field of human computer interaction. Similarly, networks resonate both in machine learning as well as in the humanities and the social sciences. We will start our journey in the HSS as this is the field with the most pressing need to understand networks at the theoretical level. Finally, we will explore how laws, rulings and doctrine are linked, essentially deriving a metadata network model of legal sources.

Proposed outline

0.0 Introduction: Law’s network

1.0 Canadian legal system

1.1 Why the (messy) Canadian legal system is a unique laboratory for machine learning

1.2 Open access as an advantage

2.0 Deconstructing law

2.1 Within law: primary sources

2.2 Around law : doctrine (dictionaries & treaties) and commentary

This presentation will focus on the « Semantic analysis and interpretation of legal texts » as set forth in the third conference theme (« 3. Artificial Intelligence, Empowerment of Legal Profession and Law Enforcement »). Preliminary versions of this talk were delivered at the École thématique CNRS sur l’Analyse de réseaux et complexité in 2018 and the 9e journée de jurilinguistique at McGill University in 2016.

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