Is Legal Knowledge Regressing (Thanks to AI)?
This review article focuses on a recent book that poses the following question. Is law computable? In examining some of the contributions in this edited collection the article poses a second question. Is, as a result of artificial intelligence (AI) and law research, legal knowledge regressing? In its analysis of the book, the article examines several of the major epistemological problems facing the creators of a legal reasoning AI programme; and it concludes that some of the epistemological assumptions upon which AI research is based are assumptions rooted in old and discredited legal knowledge. Nevertheless, the article has few illusions that judging will one day be dispensed by robot judges, especially if liberal democratic cultures slide slowly into authoritarian societies.
Keywords: artificial intelligence; computer; Deakin (Simon); epistemology; Markou (Christopher); mos mathematicus; reasoning (legal); rule-model.
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