Seminar on Artificial Intelligence and Legal Reasoning
Sample Paper Topics – Version 1.0
Kevin D. Ashley
University of Pittsburgh School of Law and Graduate Program in Intelligent Systems
AI & Law in the Era of Cognitive Computing
Proposal for applying IBM Watson Developer Cloud to [a particular kind of legal practice]
How IBM’s Watson or Debater Can Assist Lawyers
Can IBM’s Watson Pass a Bar Exam?
Proposal for applying Cognitive Computing to Model [Corporate contracts, License Agreements…]
Improving Legal Information Retrieval and Legal Research
Toward a Personal Research Assistant for Attorneys
Toward Using Case Networks to Improve Legal Research
Toward Applying AI Techniques for Improving Legal Research
Toward Applying AI Techniques in Patent Searches
Can Computers “Learn” to “Read” Legal Texts?
Toward Applying Information Extraction Techniques to Legal Texts
Toward Building Question-Answering Programs for Legal Domains
Organizing Manual Annotation of Legal Texts
Pedagogical Uses of Manual Annotation of Legal Texts
AI & Law Applications in Specific Legal Domains
Application of Artificial Intelligence to Patent Law Searches
Applying AI to the Uniform Domain Name Dispute Resolution Case Database
How Can AI Help Practitioners Deal with International Conventions? (e.g., UN Convention on Sales)
The problem of cross-language translation of legal texts
How Can AI Model Legal Planning?
Toward Modeling the Role of Factors in [Law Generally, Copyright Law, Trademark Law, Criminal Law, …
Can an AI & Law System Help Police Apply the Law?
General AI & Law
Critique of [some AI and Law approach in the syllabus]
Proposal for improving upon [some AI and law approach in the syllabus]
Proposal for an AI system to [perform some legal task]
Does the Legal System “Learn” and How?
Machine Learning Systems in AI and Law
What are Ontologies and Why Does AI and Law Need Them?
What do juries do? Cognitive
Models of a
Methods for Predicting Outcomes of Legal Disputes or of Legal Cases
Methods for Assisting Lawyers’ Settlement Decisions
Applying Game Theory to Legal Disputes
Modeling the Role of Narrative in Individual Juror Cognitive Decision Making
How Lawyers Think
The Role of Explanation in Legal [Decisionmaking, Prediction]
Legal Education and Cognitive Science, AI, Intelligent Tutoring Systems
The Use of the Case Method in Legal Education
Comparing the Case Methods in Law and Business Classrooms
What Law Students Should Learn and How to Measure It
Teaching Argumentation Skills in Legal Education
Modeling Legal Argument
Computer Generation of Argument: A Categorization of Arguments in Supreme Court Briefs
Modeling Legal Argument as a Game
Game Theory and Legal Argument
Modeling Legal Argument with “Critical Questions”
Modeling Role of Principles and Policies in Legal Argument
Dialogue Models for Legal Argument
Dealing with Uncertainty in Legal Argument
AI in E-Commerce, E-Government & Legal Practice
Artificial Intelligence in the Private Law Firm
Just Say Normalize: Flowcharts for Making Legal Texts Intelligible
Is there a Role for AI in [E-Government? Making Law Accessible to the Governed? On-Line Dispute Resolution? Electronic Contracting? Legal Clinics?]
Applying Data Mining in Legal Contexts
AI Models of Contract Formation
Can there be a Legal Semantic Web?
Automating Corporate Compliance
Legal Issues Concerning AI Programs
Legal Liability of AI & Law Systems
Legal and Ethical Issues Concerning Autonomous Systems
Intellectual Property Issues of AI & Law Programs
Who Owns What When AI Programs Create?
When Should AI Agents Have Ethical/Legal Rights?
Robots and the Law
Artificially Intelligent Agents and the Law
Legal Issues for AI in Electronic Communications Surveillance
Survey of Patents Issued for AI Programs and Legal Issues Raised
Can AI & Law Systems Legally Practice Law?
Legal Philosophy and AI & Law
Scholar]’s Model of Reasoning with Precedents--Can it Be Computational?
(e.g., Max Radin, Karl Llewellyn, Edward Levi, Cass Sunstein, Neil MacCormick & Robert Summers...)
Scholar]’s Model of Statutory Interpretation--Can it Be Computational?
(e.g., Karl Llewellyn, Cass Sunstein, Neil MacCormick & Robert Summers, Justice Scalia)
Toward Modeling the Uses of Hypotheticals in Legal Reasoning.
How do Lawyers Reason with Principles and Policies -- Ramifications for AI
Jurisprudence and [Quine’s Theory of Indeterminacy of Translation] or [Lakatos’s Heuristic Methods for Mathematical Discovery] [etc.]
A Comparison of Reasoning with Cases in Law and Ethics
How AI Can Facilitate Comparative Law?
How Do Civil Law Attorneys Reason with Cases?
How Do Civil Law Attorneys Deal with Common Law Problems?