CourtCorrect Secures Research Partnership With University Of Cambridge And Hitotsubashi University

CourtCorrect will provide its AI technology to support joint research efforts of the law departments of English and Japanese elite universities

Team CourtCorrect | 29 March 2021


CourtCorrect has secured a research partnership with the University of Cambridge and Hitotsubashi University, a prestigious Japanese university that is specialised exclusively in the social sciences. The joint project of the universities is led by Professor Sumida Mihoko from the Faculty of Law at Hitostubashi and will be exploring the logic of legal decision-making.

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More specifically, the academics are interested in the decision-making process that leads to forum non conveniens judgements. This international private law doctrine is well-established in many common law jurisdictions and Japan. The doctrine allows courts or other authorities to decline or substitute its own jurisdiction with that of another forum (for example, a foreign or superior court), as it may be legally more appropriate. Based on court data from around the world, researchers will be comparing the decision-making of human adjudicators and AI adjudication that results in the legal conclusion of forum non conveniens.

CourtCorrect’s transformative AI technology and its unique dataset of millions of court cases from around the world was the crucial missing piece for the project. The company was founded with the mission to provide access to justice on the premise of a revolutionary AI case prediction tool. CEO Ludwig Bull and his team will contribute this tool to the project by extending the AI’s capacities to Japanese forum non conveniens cases.

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While the subject of the research sounds abstract to laymen, the long-term goal is fairly practical: to develop AI that is sophisticated enough to provide reliable legal assessments. This could significantly reduce the cost of jurisprudence and legal services and allow more people from all background to understand and enforce their rights.

“The vision of this project sounds futuristic but that makes it all the more exciting,” says Mr Bull.

“In fact, we’re not far away from a fully operational AI that can support legal decision-making in everyday life and will improve access to justice.”

The project will kick off in late May and run for at least 12 months with an option for further extension.

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