Digital Humanities

26.01.22

Speaker: Dr Ilias Chalkidis, Department of Computer Science at University of Copenhagen (CoAStaL NLP Group)

Title: Let’s Transform Law with Augmented Lawyering: Advances and Challenges in Legal Text Processing

Abstract:  Law is one of the cornerstones of our civilisation. The legal industry produces constantly large volumes of legal text in various forms, i.e, legislation, court decisions, and legal agreements (contracts). Hence, consuming and understanding legal information can be overwhelming, as the points of interest for users (legal professionals and laypersons) are hidden in piles of pages and documents. Legal Text Processing (a.k.a. Legal NLP or Intelligence) is a growing research area where Natural Language Processing (NLP) techniques are applied in the legal domain. In this talk, I will first point out the main challenges of legal NLP and how the field is advancing. In this regard, I will first argue on the importance of proper benchmarking, and the development of legal-oriented language models. Then I will cover parts of my recent work on large-scale classification under temporal drift, and “baby” steps for cross-lingual legal NLP, decision explainability, robustness, and fairness.

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Speaker Bio: Ilias Chalkidis is a post-doctoral researcher at the Department of Computer Science at the University of Copenhagen (CoAStaL NLP Group). He received his PhD from the Department of Informatics at Athens, University of Economics and Business on Deep Learning for Legal Text Processing. He is well known for his work in Legal Natural Language Processing (LegalNLP), also known as Legal Intelligence. He has published in top-tier conferences such as ACL, NAACL, EMNLP, and EACL. He is the lead developer of LEGAL-BERT which has more than 35,000 downloads from the community, and LEX-GLUE, the benchmark for Legal Language Understanding. Furthermore, he serves in the organizing committee of the Natural Legal Language Processing (NLLP) Workshop. More information on https://iliaschalkidis.github.io.