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Code, Law, and Language [COLLAGE]

Carlsbergfondets postdoc-stipendier i Danmark

What

Some technological advancements compel society to reassess if their legal regulations are sufficiently able to address the challenges those technologies bring with them. More often than not, the answers to the legal questions these technologies pose are shaped by how they are framed. The aim of COde, Law, and LanguAGe (COLLAGE) is to investigate how linguistic framing affects legal responses to new technology, specifically genetic modification and algorithmic decision making. COLLAGE will explore how a change in the language, which is used to describe a new technology, can affect a change in judgment.

Why

Scientifically, this project will contribute to the growing field of computational legal studies as well as the field of law and language with its results assessing the phenomenon of the framing of facts and precedent in a legal context. Societally, COLLAGE will add an invaluable tool for law makers and judges to critically assess how new technology should be addressed legally, and hence whether or not existing legal regulation is sufficient for addressing any challenges that such technology might give rise to. Ultimately, this will contribute to better legal regulation and legal education.

How

COLLAGE will conduct linguistic experiments to create a measurement of the effect of framing on the use of analogical reasoning and the use of precedent in legal decision making. It will then use this measurement to generalise the experimental results by testing the findings over a full corpus of case law.

SSR

COLLAGE evaluates potential solutions for legal practitioners when confronted by a new technology thereby adding an invaluable resource for promoting Scientific Social Responsibility at the intersection of law and new technology. Furthermore, it will make the language of the law more accessible. This will allow those without traditional access to the law more able to fight for social justice and their own interests in a more effective manner.