A Framework for the New Personalization of Law

26 Pages Posted: 15 Nov 2018 Last revised: 24 Feb 2020

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Anthony J. Casey

University of Chicago Law School; ECGI

Anthony Niblett

University of Toronto - Faculty of Law; Vector Institute for Artificial Intelligence

Date Written: October 23, 2018


Law has always strived for accurate contextualization, but only with recent technological advances in data processing and communication has this goal become meaningfully achievable at the personal level. While the other essays in this Symposium explore the costs and benefits of personalizing particular areas of law, we present a general framework for thinking about the new personalization of law. We identify two fundamental questions that every personalization project must address: First, how do lawmakers set the objective of a personalized law? Second, how is the content of a personalized law communicated to the citizens who must follow it? We explore these questions and identify specific challenges they pose to any personalization project.

Keywords: Law, Technology, Personalization, Contextualization, Data, Machine Learning, Objectives, Timing

JEL Classification: K4, K40, K41, K42

Suggested Citation

Casey, Anthony Joseph and Niblett, Anthony, A Framework for the New Personalization of Law (October 23, 2018). University of Chicago Law Review, Vol. 86, 2019, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3271992 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.3271992

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