Sunday LawTech Review — 10th December 2017

Matthew Pennington
Dec 10, 2017 · 3 min read

Today is Human Rights Day, and the 70th anniversary of the day the United Nations General Assembly adopted the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. Whilst this declaration makes provision for certain inalienable rights that every person is entitled to as a human being, this week has seen attention being given to ‘robot rights’, following on from the news in November that Saudi Arabia gave citizenship to a robot named Sophia.

Robot Rights asks the question ‘Should robots have rights?’, the Huffington Post article ‘Human Learning: Cry, Robot?’, and NBC News ‘The rise of smart machines puts spotlight on robot rights’ are all good reads.

Global Legal Hackathon

What has been billed as the world’s first ‘Global Legal Hackathon’ is scheduled to take place February 23rd — 25th 2018. The organisers are hoping for participation from law schools, law firms and in-house departments, legal technology companies, governments, and service providers to the legal industry from all over the world, with the goal of rapid development of solutions to improve the legal industry, world-wide. You can register your interest at

Fears that HM Land Registry’s proof of concept property chatbot adviser could result in job losses

The Gazette reports that HM Land Registry has built a chatbot giving property advice, as one of a number of proofs of concept it has been working on as part of its digital transformation plans. HM Land Registry are expecting administrative elements of the conveyancing process to disappear over the next few years and that conveyancers should focus on providing good advice instead.

Legal tech: The AI generation

Legal Futures has a great guest post from Pieter Gunst of about LegalTech and AI.

Legal firms already have most of the technology they need to work better, so why aren’t they using it?

A great lawtech article from Andrew Trotman, Head of News at Microsoft UK who talks to Lucy Bassli, an Assistant General Counsel at Microsoft. Bassli believe the legal sector is ripe to be dragged into the 21st century!

Victims of Sexual Harassment Have a New Resource: AI

MIT Technology Review reports on Bolter Ai, a montreal based startup that last week launched a platform last week to allow users to identify whether their situation qualifies as sexual harassment, and notes which law may have been violated. According to the article, the AI system was trained using a dataset of over 300,000 US and Canadian criminal court documents.

Winning Verdict for the AI Lawyer

Caixin Global interview Qi Guosheng of Beijing based startup Gridsum, who provide an AI service to improve judicial decision making by making better use of precedent records.

Indian LawTech startups profiles several legal technology startups from India.

Forty STEM students headed to Reed Smith’s Innovation Hub to tackle a data problem

Students from Legal Cheek’s STEM Future Lawyers network took part in a data analysis workshop at Reed Smith’s Innovation Hub. You can read how it went at Legal Cheek.

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