Law and Big Data: How Information Analytics Will Change the Law

Friday, March 17, 2017 (All day) - Saturday, March 18, 2017 (All day)
Paris, France
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Ms. Curtrice Scott:

The Big Data revolution is pushing the boundaries of law and jurisprudence. Various regulated activities are shifting from human to data-driven machine control governed by contractual platforms instead of licensing regimes. How should the law address this profound transition? Does Big data transform the law itself — lawyering, judging, lawmaking?

This symposium explores how data technologies are changing the fundamental nature of law, of the legal process, contracts, and of the activities law regulates. It examines the role that law can serve in regulating data driven activities and the relevance of existing justifications for regulation.

Among the issues explored in the symposium are:

  • Personalization of law and legal standards
  • Prediction-based law and machine learning
  • Crowdsourcing the law
  • Regulation of data-driven activity
  • Moral implications: privacy, autonomy, and equality


This is an international academic conference co-sponsored by the Coase-Sandor Instiute for Law and Economics.

Registration is required. Please register at

For all registration questions, please contact the team at Institut François Gény at

All other inquiries/questions, please contact Ms. Curtrice Scott, Coase-Sandor Institute,

Schedule of Events

March 17, 2017 

Palais du Luxembourg
Salle Clémenceau
15 ter rue de vaugirard
75006, PARIS
8:40 Welcome Coffee (salle René Coty)

9:00 - 9:10 Welcome speech by Florence G’sell, Institut François Gény and Omri Ben-Shahar, University of Chicago Law School

9:10 - 9:30 Introduction by Guy Canivet, former Premier Président of Cour de Cassation and former member of the Constitutional Council
I. The Data Analytics Revolution
9:30-11:00 Understanding Behaviors with Data Analytics
Chair:  Christian  Licoppe,  Professor, Sociology of Information and Communication Technologies, Télécom ParisTech
  • Serge Abiteboul, Senior Researcher INRIA, Member of the French Academy of Sciences, Big Data and Human Sciences
  • Elizabeth Beasley, Head of CEPREMAP Well Being Observatory, "Using Google Trends to assess Well Being"
  • Jonathan S. Masur, Professor of Law, University of Chicago Law School, Subjective Well-Being Data and Public Policy 
Coffee break
11:20- 13:00  Predictive Analytics and the Law
Chair: Laure Lavorel, VP Assistant General Counsel EMEA, CA Technologies, Administrator, Cercle Montesquieu 
  • Jacques Levy Vehel, Senior Researcher, INRIA, and Jerôme Dupré, magistrat (on leave of absence), "Using Data Analytics in Legal Risk Assessment"
  • Anup Malani, Professor of Law, University of Chicago Law School, "Big Data and Prison Overcrowding"
  • Harold Epineuse, Researcher, IHEJ, "Predictive Justice?"
Lunch break
II. How Data Analytics will reshape the Law
14:30 – 16:15 « Personalized » Law
Chair: Jérôme Deroulez, Attorney, Member of the Paris Bar Incubator
  • Anthony J. Casey, Professor of Law, University of Chicago School of Law, "The End of Rules and Standards"
  • David Restrepo Amariles, Professor of law, HEC Paris, "Law’s Learning Algorithm: Making Rules Fit through Big Data"
  • Ariel Porat, Professor of Law, Tel Aviv University and Visiting Professor of Law, University of Chicago, "Personalized Negligence Law"
16:30 – 18:15 Towards a Machine Learning Driven Law?
Chair:Jean Lassègue, Researcher in Philogophy, EHESS/CNRS 
  • Florence G’sell, Professor of Law, University of Lorraine, Institut François Gény, "Automated Decision Making"
  • Grégory Lewkowicz, Professor of Law, Université Libre de Bruxelles, Perelman Center, Back to Leibniz: Smart Law & Algorithmic Regulations

Final Remarks by Jeroen Luchtenberg, Attorney at Law (Paris and New York)

March 18, 2017 

 Maison du Barreau
2, rue de Harlay
75001, PARIS

III. How Data Analytics will Affect Individuals
9:00-9:20  Welcome Coffee
9:20-9:30  Welcome Speech, by Hannelore Schmidt, Attorney at Law, Member of the Paris Bar Incubator
9:30-11:00 Big Data and Consumers  
Chair: Ricardo Cortes-Monroy, Senior VP and Group General Counsel, Nestlé
  • Omri Ben-Shahar, Professor of Law and Kearney Director of the Coase-Sandor Institute for Law and Economics, University of Chicago, "Interpreting Contracts Via Surveys and Experiments"
  • Anne-Lise Sibony, Professor of European Law, University of Louvain, "Protecting Consumers Against Unfair Use of Data: The Perspective of EU Consumer Law"
  • Célia Zolynski, Professor of Law, UVSQ/Paris-Saclay, Member of the Conseil National du Numérique, Big Data and Consumer Law: Regulating Online Platforms
Coffee break
11:15 – 13:00  Big Data and Citizens: Privacy and Ethics (roundtable)
Chair: Béatrice Delmas Linel, Managing Partner, Osborne Clarke
  • Yves-Alexandre de Montjoye, Researcher, MIT MediaLab/Imperial College, Big Data and Artificial Intelligence: How to Protect Privacy?
  • Edouard Geffray, Secretary General of CNIL, Dealing with Ethics and Privacy in the European Union
  • Héléna Pons-Charlet, Head of Legal, Digital Crimes Unit, Microsoft, The Fourth Industrial Revolution,  Artificial Intelligence as an Opportunity for Future Welfare 
  • Laure Lavorel, VP Assistant General Counsel EMEA, CA Technologies, Administrator, Cercle Montesquieu, The Key Role of Cybersecurity
This is an international academic conference. The event is free and open to the public, but registration via is required.
Omri Ben-Shahar
Anup Malani
Jonathan S. Masur
Anthony J. Casey
Ariel Porat