Dangers of Digitizing Due Process
27 March 2019 • 16h00
Laboratoire de cyberjustice (B-2215), Pavillon 3200 Jean-Brillant, Université de Montréal
Dans le cadre de son cycle de conférences 2018-2019 « Technocritiques des technoproduits » qui vous propose différents angles de discussion et une approche critique sur l’incorporation des technologies dans les différentes sphères de la vie sociale, politique ou économique, la Chaire LexUM en information juridique vous invite à la conférence Dangers of Digitizing Due Process présentée par Amy J. Schmitz, professeure à la School of Law, University of Missouri.
Conférence en anglais
Virtual courthouses, artificial intelligence (AI) for determining cases, and algorithmic analysis for all types of legal issues have captured the interest of judges, lawyers, educators, commentators, business leaders and policymakers. Technology has become the “fourth party” in dispute resolution through the growing field of online dispute resolution (ODR), which includes the use of a broad spectrum of technologies in negotiation, mediation, arbitration and other dispute resolution processes. Indeed, ODR shows great promise for expanding access to remedies, or justice. In the United States (U.S.) and abroad, e-courts and public ODR pilots are developing throughout the world in particular contexts such as small claims and property tax disputes, and are demonstrating how technology can be used to further efficiency and open virtual doors to the courts. Nonetheless, there is danger that the rush to digitization will ignore due process and transparency in its march toward efficiency. Accordingly, this paper will provide brief background on the growth of e-courts and raise concerns for policymakers to consider for the preservation of fairness in public dispute resolution.
Professor Amy J. Schmitz joined the University of Missouri School of Law faculty as the Elwood L. Thomas Missouri Endowed Professor of Law in 2016. Previously she was a professor at the University of Colorado School of Law. Prior to teaching, Professor Schmitz was in private practice with large law firms in Seattle and Minneapolis. She also served as a law clerk for the Honorable James B. Loken, Chief Judge of the U. S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit.
Professor Schmitz teaches courses in Contracts, Lawyering, Dispute Resolution in the Digital Age, Major Research Projects, Secured Transactions, Arbitration, International Arbitration, and Consumers and the Law (service learning). Her current research explores online dispute resolution in varied exchange contexts, with special focus on consumer claims and means for consumers to obtain remedies. She also has been active in recent debates regarding consumer protection more generally, consumer arbitration and contracting behavior, and is often an invited speaker on these topics.
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This content has been updated on 4 April 2019 at 16 h 20 min.