About

The University of Ottawa’s Legal Text Mining Lab

An Interdisciplinary Lab: Law + Computer Science

The uOttawa Legal Text Mining Lab brings together expertise in law and computer science to rethink legal analysis in the age of big (legal) data. The millions of legal texts in existence harbour useful insights that can make the law more effective, just and accessible. Yet, legal scholars typically lack the tools to tap into this resource. Conversely, computer scientists possess the utensils to mine data, but not the subject matter expertise to know what questions to asks and what problems to solve. Our Lab integrates expertise from both fields to produce insights that neither discipline could generate on its own.

List of activities
  • – Joint Research Projects
  • – Regular Group Meetings
  • – Undergraduate and Graduate Co-Supervision
  • – Project Advisory

Why do we need legal text mining? As lawyers, we investigate legal documents in detail to interpret terms and analogise or distinguish their meaning. While this technique works well when dealing with one or a few legal texts, it becomes exceedingly difficult to apply it to hundreds or thousands of contracts, statutes or cases. To render legal analysis scalable we need a different set of tools. This is where legal text mining comes in. By leveraging computer science for the study of law, we can make sense of large amounts of legal information more effectively and efficiently.


Meet the team

This website was created and is maintained by a dedicated team at the University of Ottawa.

PROFESSOR

Wolfgang Alschner

Wolfgang is an Assistant Professor at the uOttawa Common Law Section with Cross-Appointment to the Faculty of Engineering and Computer Science.


Current Students

Webmaster

Virginie Jetté

PhD Student

Research Assistant

Peter C. Zachar

JD Student

Research Assistant

Sarah Crothers

JD Student

Research Assistant

Samantha Lo

JD Student

Research Assistant

Tasfia Ruba

JD Student


Funders

access_time Last update October 17, 2019.

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