Artificial Intelligence (AI) has ushered in a new era of knowledge, offering both unprecedented benefits and complex challenges. Monica Gonzalez Contró, Director of the Institute of Legal Research (IIJ) at UNAM, emphasized the pressing need to address the implications of AI on human rights, inequality, and law. She spoke at the XI International Congress on Law Teaching and Methodology of Legal Research.
Gonzalez Contró highlighted a significant challenge in the realm of intellectual property. The rapid evolution of AI technology has outpaced legislative efforts, creating a gap that demands urgent attention. The XI International Congress aimed to delve into the ethical and legislative aspects of AI, particularly its impact on legal research and education.
Raúl Contreras Bustamante, Director of the School of Law, stressed the dual objectives of legal education—to prepare specialists for teaching and equip them for cutting-edge research. He advocated for interdisciplinary collaboration, emphasizing the importance of breaking free from traditional vertical analysis and embracing a horizontal approach that involves other specialties.
The XI International Congress drew participation from legal professionals across borders, with 81 experts from Mexico, Canada, Cuba, Ecuador, Colombia, Venezuela, El Salvador, Bolivia, and Peru. Collaboration occurred through 16 thematic tables, providing a platform to exchange insights on the challenges and opportunities presented by AI in legal research.
Paul R. Carr, a sociologist and professor at the University of Quebec, stressed the importance of deploying AI in democratic spaces. In his distance master conference, Carr discussed the implications of AI in education, highlighting its potential to enhance personalized learning, administrative tasks, accessibility, and inclusiveness.
Carr outlined the multifaceted impact of AI on education, citing positive effects such as increased attention to personalized learning, organized information, and empowerment of learners with special needs. However, he also addressed the negative aspects, including job displacement, limitations in emotional intelligence, bias, inequality, technology dependency, and maintenance challenges.
To mitigate the challenges and maximize the benefits of AI in education, Carr suggested better teacher preparation, encouragement of student participation, emphasis on process writing, discussions about technology, and a reevaluation of the authenticity of assignments.
The XI International Congress on Law Teaching and Methodology of Legal Research shed light on the intricate intersection of AI and legal education. As we navigate the evolving landscape of AI, addressing ethical, legislative, and educational aspects becomes imperative. The global collaboration showcased at the Congress reflects a shared commitment to shaping a future where AI serves as a tool for positive transformation in legal research and education.