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34 Colum. J. Asian L. 1 (2020)

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COLUMBIA JOURNAL OF ASIAN LAW
VOLUME   34               FALL 2020                NUMBER   1



                       ARTICLES


                 HOW   WILL   TECHNOLOGY
         CHANGE THE FACE OF CHINESE JUSTICE?


             Benjamin Minhao  Chen*  & Zhiyu Li**


        The People's Republic  of China  is embarking  on  an
ambitious  program   to revolutionize its judicial institutions
through  information technology. Millions of cases have  been
published   online  as  part  of  a  move   towards   greater
transparency. Courts are piloting artificial intelligence systems
that promise to streamline adjudicatory processes and expand
access to justice. Although other jurisdictions have employed
statistical and computational   methods  to  improve judicial
decision-making, few  have sought to exploit technology to the
same  degree. A way  of understanding this exceptionalism is to
view the integration of technology into law as a microcosm of
China's  ambitions to emerge as a global artificial intelligence
powerhouse   and  thereby establish itself in the first rank of
nations.
       Seen   from   a  different perspective, however,   the
technologization  of the  legal system  responds   to certain
oppositions in Chinese justice. First, courts today are straining
under  the burden  of their caseloads. The contemporary  turn
towards  legality has swelled the number of lawsuits while the
professionalization of the judicial corps also culled its ranks.

* Assistant Professor of Law, University of Hong Kong; Ph.D. (U.C.
Berkeley).
** Assistant Professor in Chinese Law and Fellow in the Durham Research
Methods Centre, Durham University; J.S.D. (U.C. Berkeley). The authors
thank the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy, National University of
Singapore, for generously funding this research and the Centre for Asian
Legal Studies at the National University of Singapore for their gracious
hospitality. This Article has benefited from helpful comments by Calvin Ho,
Fu Hualing, He Xin, Jed Kroncke, Mark McLaughlin, Mathias Siems, Angela
Zhang as well as participants at the Pacific China Legal Research Forum. All
errors remain ours.

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