New Research Project to Address Challenges of AI in Law and Healthcare

An academic from the School of Law is part of the research team that has been awarded a £4.38 million grant to tackle the sociotechnical challenges around using AI-powered Large Language Models (LLMs) for legal and healthcare purposes.

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Dr Jiahong Chen, Lecturer in Law, is a member of the new research collaboration with experts from Queen Mary University of London (lead institution), University of Nottingham and University of Warwick that is funded by UKRI via Responsible AI UK under the Keystone Projects scheme. The project focuses on the legal and healthcare uses of LLMs, a cutting-edge AI technology that enables systems like ChatGPT.

“There has been an increasing interest in using Generative AI chatbots for legal tasks such as summarising legal documents and providing legal information”, said Dr Chen, who is leading the legal use case of the project. He added, “it is important that we understand the limitations of these new technologies before they become more common in our society and justice system.” Legal and healthcare uses have been identified as the prioritised areas due to their importance in the UK digital economy and also their potentially high level of risks and benefits. The School of Law has shown excellent research strength in recent years on the governance of emerging technologies, with multiple projects funded to investigate new opportunities and challenges arising from technological advancements.

Funding has been awarded by Responsible AI UK (RAI UK) and forms the pillars of its £31 million programme that will run for four years. RAI UK is backed by UKRI, through the UKRI Technology Missions Fund and the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC).

More information about the project can be found here: