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How AI will Change the Law Symposium, Co-hosted by University of Chicago Law Review Online and Oxford Business Law Blog

Friday, April 12, 2024 @ 9:00am — Saturday, April 13, 2024 @ 12:30pm

Room V

1111 East 60th Street, Chicago, Illinois 60637

Open to the public


This symposium is organized by the University of Chicago Law School and the University of Oxford Law Faculty.

The faculty organizers are Omri Ben-Shahar, Leo and Eileen Herzel Distinguished Service Professor of Law, Kearney Director of the Coase-Sandor Institute for Law and Economics, Anthony J. Casey, Donald M. Ephraim Professor of Law and Economics, Faculty Director, The Center on Law and Finance, and Horst Eidenmüller, Statutory Professor for Commercial Law at the University of Oxford.

We are all aware that AI tools have passed the inflection point of their exponential growth, and that the law is scrambling to deal with their impact. Much of current scholarship and policy-making focuses on the regulation of AI. This symposium reverses the inquiry. Rather than ask how the law should govern and safeguard society’s AI transformation, the conference asks how data and AI will sharpen and change the substance of legal rules. How will doctrines of private and public law, rules of procedure and evidence, or the practice and interpretation of law evolve when big data and AI infiltrate their domain? If data replace evidence and algorithms augment and replace human discretion, how will the content of the law change?

We invite presenters to imagine the future of their field of law. Are there longstanding rules or principles that will decline? New that will rise? How will the administration of the law in—lawmaking, judging, and legal practice—adapt? Are these changes desirable? What will be its consequences for the legal system?

The essays from the symposium will be published in the University of Chicago Law Review Online, and in abridged form in the Oxford Business Law Blog.


Ian Ayres, Yale University

Omri Ben-Shahar, University of Chicago

Anthony Casey, University of Chicago

Horst Eidenmüller, University of Oxford

Geneviève Helleringer, University of Oxford

Edward Iacobucci, University of Toronto

Katja Langenbucher, Goethe-Universität Frankfurt

Sarah Lawsky, Northwestern University

Anat Lior, Drexel University

Orly Lobel, University of San Diego

Gabriel Rauterberg, University of Michigan

Felix Steffek, University of Cambridge

Gerhard Wagner, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin


The University of Chicago Law School conference announcement can be found here.


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