Jacob Livingston Slosser

Jacob Livingston Slosser

Assistant professor

Dr. Jacob Livingston Slosser is a Carlsberg Postdoctoral Research Fellow at iCourts – The Danish National Research Foundation’s Centre of Excellence for International Courts at the University of Copenhagen Law Faculty. His researchlies at the inersection of cognitive science and international law, focusing primarily cognitive linguistics, conceptual change and the use of artificial intelligence in law. This focus is reflected in his published work and lectures on areas such as: the regulation of artificial intelligence in public administrative law; experimental and empirical approaches to legal linguistics and conceptual metaphor theory in law; the force of precedent the European Court of Human Rights; law and gender; and feminist legal theory. Jacob completed his PhD at the University of Kent - Brussels School of International Studies where he developed a proof of method for efficacy of analysing legal concepts through the use of cognitive linguistics.

Primary fields of research

  • Law and Cognitive Linguistics
  • Interpretation & Judicial reasoning
  • Law and new technology
  • European Court of Human Rights
  • Feminist Legal Studies

Teaching

  • Legal English (Course Director)
  • European Court of Human Rights (Lecturer)

Current research

Jake is currently funded as a Carlsberg Foundation Postdoctoral Fellow for his project Code, Law, and Language (COLLAGE). The aim of COLLAGE is to understand linguistic framing's role in judicial interpretation. It investigates how the law draws analogies from old concepts to new technologies. It explores how a change in language, which is used to describe a new technology, can affect a change in judgment and precedent choice. COLLAGE conducts linguistic experiments to test how language use affects the legal understanding of algorithmic decision makingand what this implies for current and future regulatory systems.

Concurrently, Jake works on the implementation of artifical intelligence in public law systems through the PACTA (Public Administration and Computational Transparency in Algorithms) project funded by the Independent Research Fund Denmark. It investigates how algorithmic decision making can be implemented in public administration without undermining the legality of administrative decision-making processes or losing public trust in the authorities that use it.

 

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