Who's afraid of the Robo-judge? Seminar with Professor Tamara Capeta – University of Copenhagen

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Who's afraid of the Robo-judge? Seminar with Professor Tamara Capeta

Can you imagine the future in which, instead of a judge, an intelligent machine sits on the bench? Most people and, importantly, most lawyers cannot. Why is this so? In my presentation I will explore two possible answers. One has to do with the indeterminacy of law and the influence of such indeterminacy on the adjudication process. The other has to do with our expectations of the adjudication process or, better, with our understanding of what makes a good judge.

The textbook ideal judge seems to be a learned person capable of leaving her ‘self’ out of the adjudication process, who, by using objective legal methods, arrives at an impartial decision in a case. In my speech, I will first ask whether this is possible and argue to the contrary. Then I will claim that even if it were possible, we would not necessarily end up with what we picture a ‘good judge’ to be. All this, I believe, explains best why robots cannot replace human judges.

Short Bio Tamara Ćapeta (pdf)

Registration:

For participation in the lecture please use this registration form no later than 14 December 2018 , 11:00.