Workshop at the German University for Public Administration in Speyer


Following the invitation of Prof. Dr. Hermann Hill, Dr. Benjamin Werthmann and Alexander Hendorf conducted a workshop on the topic "AI for Lawyers" at the German University of Public Administration Speyer in the form of a RAILS (Robotics and AI Law Society) Tech and Law Camp. The workshop was part of the "Experimental Laboratory" event series. It was attended by practitioners from the public sector from Germany and Europe.

In his introduction about the possibilities of Artificial Intelligence, Alexander Hendorf emphasized the current possibilities with Open Source, but also pointed out the limits of AI technology. It is important to distinguish between RPA (Robotic Process Automation), Business Intelligence (BI) and Artificial Intelligence (AI) and to distribute the tasks between these systems accordingly, said Hendorf. The transitions are fluid, and often several systems work together in a coordinated manner. It is important to distance oneself from ideas of proprietary software and to venture experiments; this can be implemented cost-effectively today with open source. Standard solutions should rather not be expected.

Dr. Benjamin Werthmann discussed the advantages for the areas of law and administration, in particular the possibilities of evaluating text and speech automatically with AI solutions instead of time-consuming manual work. In the private sector, automated analysis tools will play an increasingly important role, especially in the area of compliance.

In two breakout sessions the participants were able to discuss ideas and wishes specifically from their field of work. Among other things, the use of AI in the context of citizen participation (Natural Language Processing), traffic planning, work simplification in administrative work ( Automation) and a better overview of existing data (Natural Language Processing - contracts, regulations, etc.) were mentioned. In addition to the application, it was also noted that modern approaches can make an employer more attractive to future employees.
Furthermore, ethical aspects, data protection and consideration of bias (systematic deviation) in data sets when using AI technologies and how to guarantee them in practice were addressed.
The workshop enabled the participants to gain a solid, practical understanding of the possibilities and limitations of AI as a basis for its successful application.

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