Law students in the United States usually get a healthy dose of legal technology infused into their educations to prepare them for the future of law practice. But what about international law students? Since most legal technology education, research, and innovation tends to happen here, students studying law in foreign countries may be at a disadvantage. One elite law school is trying to make sure its students don’t get left behind.
China’s Peking University Law School has partnered with Gridsum, a cloud-based analytics platform, to create a research center that will focus on how artificial intelligence could be used in China’s legal system. Legaltech News has more information on the big news:
Gridsum will provide the technical and research backbone to the center as part of the partnership, drawing in part from AI technology developed for the company’s “Faxin Wei Su” tool, a litigation service operating on Chinese communication platform WeChat’s micro application platform.
The new center, the Peking University Legal AI Lab and Research Institute, or the “Legal AI Lab,” launched on Friday with a ceremony hosted by Jingyi Ye, deputy party committee secretary of Peking University. Also in attendance were Shouwen Zhang, dean of Peking University Law School and director of the Legal AI Lab; Xiaolei Yang, vice president of Peking University Law School and executive director of the Legal AI Lab; and Guosheng Qi, CEO of Gridsum.In a statement, Qi said that he and his colleagues at Gridsum were “excited to be at the forefront of China’s legal AI development and to have the opportunity to work in close cooperation with globally renowned legal academic institutions and individuals.” He concluded his statement by noting that “[t]he combination of Peking University’s highly experienced legal community and [Gridsum’s] cutting-edge AI and big data technology will directly benefit the development and application of AI across China’s judicial system as it migrates towards a ‘Smart Court’ initiative.”