Using AI to predict outcomes of cases in UK public law

Artificial intelligence (AI) has the potential to transform both the practice of law and academic reflection on law. However, the technology is still at a very early stage and there are signigificant limitations on what can be achieved. In this paper, I will briefly sketch the state of the art of applications of machine learning to predicting outcomes of court cases, chiefly in Canada and in the United States. I will then focus on the challenges of this kind of research in UK law (like access to texts of court judgments). Finally, I will discuss the “proof of concept” project I developed on predicting case outcomes in a small area of UK public law.