Professor Atkinson brings expertise to Civil Justice Council’s futures group

Liverpool computer scientist and Dean of the School of Electrical Engineering, Electronics and Computer Science, Professor Katie Atkinson, has joined a new high-powered group tasked with drawing a road-map for the civil justice system through the 2020s.

The Civil Justice Council’s (CJC) futures group is tasked with taking and encouraging a long-term view of the impact of technology on the administration of justice, with emphasis on increasing access to justice and securing the position of the legal system of England and Wales as a global leader.

Professor Atkinson’s research focus is in the area of computational models of argument, with specific expertise in the development of explainable artificial intelligence techniques for the legal sector.  She is also a member of the LawtechUK Panel, a government backed initiative to help transform the UK legal sector through technology and was President of the International Association for AI and Law in 2016 and 2017.

The CJC futures group is chaired by Professor Richard Susskind and other members include representatives from the tech and legal sector and academia. It will produce periodic reports through the Civil Justice Council, consult with experts and court users, and convene meetings and events.

Find out more about the Civil Justice Council’s (CJC) futures group here >>>