On May 15th, the 2021 International Symposium on "Artificial Intelligence and Judicial Big Data" was held at Huazhong University of Science and Technology. The symposium was co-sponsored by our university and the Hubei Higher People's Court, and co-organized by HUST Law School and the Hubei Judicial Big Data Research Center. Li Yuanyuan, President of HUST, You Quanrong, Dean of Hubei Higher People's Court and, Zhang Yonghong, Deputy Secretary of the Information Center of Hubei Higher People’s Court attended the opening ceremony. Liang Qian, HUST Vice President presided over the opening ceremony.
On behalf of the university, President Li Yuanyuan expressed his warm welcome and heartfelt thanks to all the guests present at the symposium. After a brief introduction to the university and the law school of HUST, Li pointed out that in today’s digital age, big data and artificial intelligence have brought common opportunities and challenges to mankind. This digital age is having a profound impact on the judicial sector. He believes that through in-depth exchanges, experts and scholars will be able to grasp the hot issues of the times, respond to strategic concerns, promote discipline integration, advance research innovation, and yield fruitful results so as to contribute to the digital construction of rule of law and the improvement of judicial governance.
In his speech, You Quanrong expressed gratitude to HUST for its support of the information reform in the provincial court system and the development of a ‘smart court’. He stated that the judicial practices and cases of the three-level courts in the province are invaluable assets for conducting research on judicial and social governance. He further conveyed his wish that the experts at the forum can jointly promote judicial justice and social governance so as to bring the country’s economic and social development onto a more effective trajectory and to enable our people to feel fairness and justice in each and every judicial case.
Zhang Yonghong extended his warm congratulations to the event and expressed his high appreciation to HUST - which has long committed itself to promoting the construction of judicial informatization. He argued that the in-depth application of artificial intelligence in the judicial sector is a must to realize the modernization of the judicial system and judicial capabilities.
This international symposium included a President (Dean) Forum and four parallel sessions. 8 professors, including Professor Shi Jianzhong, Vice President of China University of Political Science and Law; Professor Wang Yi, Vice President of Renmin University of China; Professor Cai Lidong, Vice President of Jilin University; Professor Shen Weixing, Dean of the Law School of Tsinghua University; Professor Sun Youhai, Dean of the Law School of Tianjin University; Professor Ma Changshan, Dean of the Digital Research Institute of East China University of Political Science and Law; Professor Long Weiqiu, Dean of Beijing University of Aeronautics and Astronautics law school; and Professor Zuo Weimin, Dean of the Law School of Sichuan University，as well as Liang Xin, Dean of the Judicial Big Data Research Institute, were invited to speak at the President (Dean) Forum. The forum is presided over by Professor Wang Xigen, Dean of the Law School of HUST.
The topics of the parallel sessions include the theory and practice of judicial judgment data and text exploration, the theory and practice of artificial intelligence-assisted online dispute resolution, and the theoretical and practical value of artificial intelligence in enhancing people's judicial awareness. Also addressed were the theory and practice of the quantitative and qualitative research of artificial intelligence-assisted judicial judgment, and the practice of artificial intelligence and judicial big data. Attendant at the forum were 39 experts and scholars from around the globe including those from the University of Hawaii and Georgetown University in the United States, the University of Edinburgh and the University of Sheffield in the United Kingdom, the Catholic University of Louvain in Belgium, the Twente University of Technology in Netherlands, the University of Milan in Italy, the Copenhagen Business School in Denmark, Peking University, Tsinghua University and Renmin University of China; and others from the Superior People’s Court in Hubei Province, Alibaba, iFlyTek, CNKI, Beijing Lawyee Co. Ltd., Beijing Thunisoft, etc.
This year marks the 40th anniversary of the legal education of HUST and the 20th anniversary of the establishment of HUST Law School. This international symposium constitutes an important part of this year’s celebration of the Law School.
Written by: Wang Suxin
Edited by: Cao Yutao, Scott, Peng Yumeng