A first but steady step towards a vision of technology and legal data

On the 17th January 2018, a think tank meeting between the Faculty of Law, the Institute of Data Science and the Department of Data Science and Knowledge Engineering took place at our Faculty. The event had a significant adherence by members of all the faculties, institutes and departments involved, showing the commitment of the University of Maastricht to become an eminent point of reference in the field of digital disruption and data. The intensively productive, interdisciplinary workshop consisted of individual pitch sessions, a breakout group session and a final, summary and action items short session.

Throughout the event, a lot of “food for thought” was served. Organising terminology training for the faculty’s academic staff, using automation in case law analysis and offering courses on formal reasoning, logic, and general application of AI to our students were just a few of the ideas that were shared and further discussed during the networking drink offered by the organisers. In a nutshell, this was a first, but very steady step towards a very strong interfaculty cooperation around an overarching vision of technology and legal data.