The Law and online systems

Via the act of digital data exchange the owners of online systems become engaged in complex issues where technology and law are entangled. Furthermore, digital collaborations can enlarge to include other organisations even without knowledge and consent of all partners. In such situations new liabilities emerge. As an academic partner, the Leibniz Center provides advice on change management in legal-knowledge-intensive processes and on improvement of legal knowledge productivity in organisations.

We apply Artificial Intelligence (AI) techniques to problems in legal theory, legal knowledge management, and the field of law in general. In this capacity, we participate in (inter)national research initiatives and maintain strong ties to the international research community and government agencies. We have longstanding experience in the development of legal ontologies, automated legal reasoning and legal knowledge-based systems, languages for representing legal knowledge and information, user-friendly disclosure of legal data, application of data science and machine learning techniques in the field of law, and the application of information technology in education and legal practice.

In the field of AI, the R&D activities of the Leibniz institute shifts to the normative aspects of AI. As the workings of some relevant and popular AI techniques are best described as the operation of a well trained black box, there is no reasoning known to explain their output. Furthermore, there is no guarantee that the output is acceptable in the legal sense and that it adheres to norms and values. The Leibniz institute conducts R&D here and invites others institutions as well as students to join.