Keren is exploring whether or not robots can eventually replace judges
- Age: 34
- Field: Law
- Lives in: Tel Aviv
- Married with one child
My Research: The incorporation of decision support systems in judicial decision-making
Uncharted Territory: I studied law and computer science during my bachelor’s degree, which introduced me to the theoretical discussion about whether robots could replace judges. Given the importance of the human aspect in judicial decision-making and its complexity, I decided to explore how decisions would be influenced when judges are assisted by computerized systems and to introduce criteria for the design of such systems. This field has barely been researched, and it has enormous potential to address difficulties like overburdened courts, lack of consensus in rulings and judges’ gender or racial biases.
“Can computerized systems replace judges? Perhaps not yet, but the process of incorporating computerized systems into the justice system is essential to ensuring justice, accessibility and efficiency in the courts.”
The Challenge of Parenthood: My parents and my family placed a great deal of importance on education in general and on academic education in particular, and they encouraged me to dig further into topics that interested me. About two years ago, I became a mother and being a parent along with work and research is a real challenge. The good news is that my husband and my family – as well as the flexibility of academic research – allow me to deal with this challenge much more easily.
And Justice For All: I believe that the process of computerizing the justice system is essential to ensuring justice, accessibility and efficiency in the courts for the good of the public. My goal is to publish my research with the hope that it will be used by other researchers in the field. I also aspire to become a part of the Israeli academia and to help shape the legal world in the technological age.
Keren is a PhD student at the Buchmann Faculty of Law and the recipient of the 2012-2013 Edmond J. Safra Center for Ethics Doctoral Fellowship and the Dan David Scholarship.