Laboratoire de cyberjustice
At Université de Montreal
- Karim Benyekhlef - Directeur
The Cyberjustice Laboratory, in consultation with key stakeholders from the legal community (judges, lawyers, administrators, etc.), develops software modules that have been adapted to the needs of the legal system for purposes of improving procedures. By taking advantage of technological advances, the objective is to make judicial practices more accessible and efficient, with the capacity to eventually reengineer current legal proceedings. All these modules are developed in ""open-source code"", which facilitates their dissemination and allows users to custom adapt the software for their own purposes. The challenge is to develop a new generation of open-source interoperable software tools that will facilitate dealing with and resolving judicial and extrajudicial conflicts, taking into account the complexity of the legal parameters at play. The Laboratory’s infrastructure currently consists of programmers, system architects and various professionals involved in the project. These professionals implement the software applications that have been designed, discussed and tested in the virtual courtroom.
The Cyberjustice Laboratory also serves as a resource for an interdisciplinary group of international researchers who are engaged in an extensive study into changes in habitual conduct of key players involved in the evolution of procedural law. The work and analysis will establish the extent to which the digitalizing justice can facilitate access to it and increase its efficacy, and then to identify the limits of digitalization in terms of values upheld by the principles of procedural law and established judicial practices. The goal is to better understand the parameters of procedural law, and to provide the tools necessary to define socio-legal boundaries that need to be respected in the development of legal technology. This scientific approach should foster the integration of such technologies in the classroom, as well as its acceptance by the legal community and the public.
List of projects:
- Rethinking procedural law: towards cyberjustice
- Judicial practices
- Making cyberjustice secure
- ODR : Online platform to support conflict resolution