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26 January 2024 - 26 January 2024

12:00PM - 3:00PM

Cosin's Hall, Seminar Room, Palace Green

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This project aims to bring together experts in Law, AI-enabled legal technologies, Computer Science, Design Thinking and others to create an interdisciplinary collaboration to provide a platform for exploring and testing a range of approaches for assessing the impact of AI in the law.

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How might developers and users assess the implications of AI-enabled technologies? This talk offers examples of tools and methods developed in the context of the legal domain. It presents COHUBICOL’s Typology of Legal Technologies which offers a method for assessing the implications of legal technologies in their contexts of (mis)use. The talk demonstrates the application of the method to prediction of judgment systems, situates the Typology in relation to other methods for evaluating AI-enabled technologies, and asks how novel approaches to evaluation can contribute to responsible development and use of AI. 

Speaker: Dr Pauline McBride


Dr Pauline McBride holds an LLB (Hons) in Jurisprudence, the Diploma in Legal Practice and a PhD in Law from the University of Glasgow.

Her doctoral thesis, supervised by Ronan Deazley and Adam Tomkins, was awarded in 2016. The thesis considered whether browse wrap Terms of Use are enforceable under English law.

Pauline’s interests relate to the intersection of law and technology, theories of legal interpretation, and the impact of artificial intelligence on law and legal practice.

A Scottish solicitor, Pauline was in practice for some 20 years, latterly as a partner in the law firm Brechin Tindal Oatts. She specialised in intellectual property and information technology, dealing with litigation as well as commercial contracts. She taught at the University of Glasgow (School of Law/Information Studies) and Queen’s University Belfast.

Pauline is a member of CREATe, the government funded copyright hub, a member of the Scottish Law and Innovation Network and a member of the Law Society of Scotland’s Technology Committee. She holds a qualification from the University of Warwick after completing its intensive course ‘Introduction to Artificial Intelligence’ which explored basic methodologies for the design of artificial agents in complex environments.