Technology, primarily in the form of various applications of artificial intelligence (AI), is becoming increasingly important for legal practice. From text analytics, decision support, legal research to contract lifecycle management and document generation, no lawyer can ignore the fact that technology is changing the nature of the legal work.
Legal technologies bring new possibilities, but also new risks. At the same time legal technologies will facilitate certain routine legal tasks but also transform or even eliminate others. On 31 May, 2022, CUHK LAW is hosting the LegalTech Forum to address the main promises and perils accompanying the adoption of legal technologies. Drawing from practice and academia it will discuss the state-of-the-art in LegalTech and examine some pressing questions facing the legal professions. Will AI replace lawyers? What are the current capabilities of legal technologies? What are their limits? To what extent, if any, is it possible to extract legal knowledge from Big Data? Do we need to worry about the legal equivalents of AlphaZero or GPT-3? These and other questions will be addressed by leading experts in the field. Professor Dan Hunter (Queensland University of Technology) will deliver a keynote speech on the past, present, and future of legal technologies followed by a panel discussion with Mr. Danny Kan (Ping An Group), Professor Eliza Mik (CUHK LAW), and Mr. Martin Rogers (Davis Polk).
The CUHK LAW LegalTech Forum will also serve as the launch event for the Center for Legal Innovation and Digital Society (CLINDS), formerly known as the Centre for Financial Regulation and Economic Development (CFRED). CFRED had changed the direction of its activities towards research projects related to law and technology since 2017. CFRED has now been re-organized as CLINDS to better reflect its new focus and CUHK LAW’s strength in law and technology.
12:00-12:05 Welcome Remarks by Professor Lutz-Christian Wolff, Dean of CUHK LAW
12:05-12:15 Introduction to the New Centre by Professor Jyh-An Lee, Executive Director of CLINDS
12:15-12:55 Keynote Speech: “Promises (and Perils) of Legal Technologies” by Professor Dan Hunter
13:05-14:00 Panel Discussion (Panelists: Professor Eliza Mik, Mr. Danny Kan, and Mr. Martin Rogers)
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