Prof. Jennifer Raso publishes chapter on AI and administrative law

Administrative law must respond to algorithmic decision-making tools, argues Raso

Sarah Kent - 25 March 2021

Assistant Professor Jennifer Raso of the University of Alberta Faculty of Law has published a new chapter on how administrative law should respond to the growing use of artificial intelligence.

The chapter, “AI and Administrative Law,” appears in the collection Artificial Intelligence and the Law in Canada (LexisNexis), edited by Florian Martin-Bariteau and Teresa Scassa.

In it, Raso argues that administrative law does not yet account for algorithmic decision-making tools that have already been implemented in Canadian administrative agencies. These decision-making tools may undermine concepts of fairness, responsibility and justice in administrative law, writes Raso.

The chapter responds to the urgent question of how administrative law should address algorithmically driven decision-making before turning to opportunities for policymakers to develop appropriate frameworks.

As frameworks are developed, policymakers must respond to the interests of marginalized communities, who are most negatively affected by algorithmic decision-making, she argues.