The Intersection of Artificial Intelligence and Legislative Drafting
Written on March, 2022
In recent years, the infusion of artificial intelligence (AI) technologies into the legislative process has become a focal point for legal scholars, policymakers, and technologists alike. This essay critically examines the evolution of AI techniques in the field of legislative drafting, considering both the advancements and challenges that arise. The central premise revolves around the notion that while AI holds the potential to revolutionise aspects of legislative drafting, its application must be nuanced to preserve the integrity and intricacies of legal systems.
Evolution of AI in Legislative Drafting
Over the last three decades, AI's role has evolved from mere standardisation to a more complex form of analytics and predictive modelling. Initially, the focus was on introducing open standards like XML to model legislative gazettes, eventually moving to data extraction and workflow management. Now, the domain is witnessing an influx of emerging technologies like legal data analytics, data science, and smart contracts. However, the application of AI technologies such as machine learning requires a deeper understanding of legal documents as cultural artefacts, complete with structural and contextual nuances.