The problem with law in books and law in computers - the oral nature of law

Philip Leith

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Abstract

It is becoming clear that, contrary to earlier expectations, the application of AI techniques to law is not as easy nor as effective as some claimed. Unfortunately, for most AI researchers, there seems to be little understanding of just why this is. In this paper I argue, from empirical study of lawyers in action, just why there is a mismatch between the AI view of law, and law in practice. While this is important and novel, it also - if my arguments are accepted - demonstrates just why AI will never have success in producing the computerised lawyer.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)227-235
Number of pages9
JournalArtificial Intelligence Review
Volume6
Publication statusPublished - 1992

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