China Justice Big Data Institute Delegates Visit Duquesne Law

Focus on Artificial Intelligence and Law with Eye Toward Learning Collaboration

Six members of the China Justice Big Data Institute (CJBDI) joined Dean Lally-Green and faculty for a thoughtful exchange of ideas and presentations around one of the more timely issues facing law and legal practice: the application of AI. The group was invited and the session organized (and interpreted when needed) by Frank Yining Liu, LL.B., M.C.J., M.L.S., Associate Dean for Legal Programs, Director of the Duquesne Center for Legal Information and Allegheny County Law Library, and Professor of Law. Of the gathering he said, "It is important for people to have exchange. I think when we go to China and the Chinese come to America, I believe this makes the world a better place. 

CJBDI is a research institute with modern enterprise system, founded according to the decision of the Supreme people's Court on November 10th, 2016, which is led by the Information Technology Service Center affiliated to The Supreme People’s Court and participated on equity by China Electronics Technology Group Corporation.   

The development mission of the CJBDI is to become a world first class judicial big data administrator, researcher and server, promoting the construction of the smart court in all respects. Its orientation is mainly embodied in eight aspects:

First, as the smart court research center, CJBDI is to demonstrate and design the development plan and overall plan of the smart court; evaluate the overall construction process and effect of the smart court; and provide the top-level consulting service for the national intelligent government affairs and the intelligent judicial construction.

Second, as the judicial big data analysis center, CJBDI is to provide diversified judicial data analysis services by promoting the pooling and management of judicial big data resources, as well as the combination and application of information resources with the state.

Third, as the judicial artificial intelligence technology research and development center, through promoting the wide application of artificial intelligence technology such as speech recognition, image recognition, deep learning, knowledge discovery and so on in the construction of smart court, CJBDI is to help the innovation and development of court information system.

Fourth, as the social governance research center, CJBDI is to carry out the thematic study from the perspective of judicial big data to effectively support the formation of the theory and system of social governance with Chinese characteristics and of precise social governance ability according to the rules and characteristics of the development of social governance in the new era.

Fifth, as the judicial big data service center in the economic and social field, CJBDI is dedicated to making judicial information an important part of the national credit system by providing judicial big data services for early warning and risk prevention and control in terms of   economic development, and formulation of macroeconomic policies. 

Sixth, as the information integration evaluation center of courts, CJBDI is to develop the integration, test and evaluation of the court information system so as to ensure its stable and efficient operation.

Seventh, as the judicial information security center, CJBDI is to provide information security consultation and evaluation services in the judicial field with a view to promote the establishment of the information security system of the people's court.

Eighth, as the training center of the judicial big data, CJBDI is to offer all-around support for the training on information technology and the cultivation, introduction and exchange of high-level talents in courts.

The CJBDI has carried out a series of productive work in such aspects as the general design of the smart court, the application of artificial intelligence technologies, the information services involving lawsuits and the integrated evaluation of information system, etc. The achievements of thematic studies on judicial big data introduced at the press conference are made by CJBDI taking the lead while in cooperation with relevant parties involved. Through a series of thematic studies on judicial big data, CJBDI has made a positive contribution to the modernization of China’s governance system and capability.

(Translated from Chinese by CJBDI)

A Special Day 

In an exploratory discussion of opportunities for the future, Dean Lally-Green emphasized that the Duquesne School of Law has many close ties to the courts through our alumni and history of collaboration. Duquesne participants and the CJBDI delegates exchanged gifts of gratitude for the blossoming partnership. Our Chinese friends gave beautiful framed prints with inspirational words of wisdom which all will cherish.

A presentation about the relationship between data analysts and lawyers was covered in a presentation by Legal Sifter. The platform enables lawyers to maximize time for their clients by using algorithms to proof contracts custom to particular areas of contractual law. The machine learning is informed by the lawyer using it for clients, making it an extremely relevant example for the discussion around AI and the law.

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