7: Grounding computational ‘law’ in legal education and professional legal training
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In this chapter I address the challenges presented by computational technologies when used to enact, search and decide the law. While investigating the ‘traditional’ way of studying and practising law, I explain that and how the practice and the study of law depend on a particular technological infrastructure, grounded in the technologies of the word (script and printing press). I then investigate what computational legal technologies are claimed to accomplish and to what extent these claims can be substantiated. This results in a set of learning objectives and teaching approaches meant to contribute to a critical engagement with these technologies. Finally, I call for effective scrutiny of computational tools in legal practice and legal research, proposing a new hermeneutics of computational ‘law’ to reverse both naïve endorsement and uninformed rejection of such ‘law’.

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