On the margins of the International Conference on Justice, a workshop focused on applying AI to the court system was held in Riyadh on Monday.


In an interview with Arab News, James MacPherson, an expert in international dispute resolution, recommended that law firms look into alternative dispute resolution.
“When people and businesses run into conflicts, they want to handle it and find a fair solution as soon as possible.”
When compared to going to court, ADR is much more appealing because it allows for a greater degree of control by the parties involved.

When compared to a court of law, “the most common forms of ADR, arbitration and mediation, allow parties to retain control over the process,” as MacPherson put it.

As MacPherson put it, “it provides parties with the ability to make their own choices and decisions before the mediation or arbitration begins,” making ADR independent.

In order to make the most of this chance, the parties should work together to create an effective ADR clause.
The time and location of any mediation or arbitration hearing, as well as the choice of law and language to be used, are all subject to the parties’ mutual agreement.
“ADR is the best option if your goal is to resolve the dispute,” MacPherson said.

To paraphrase, “Once parties have had a productive mediation session or a well-drafted arbitration award, they grasp their utility, and usually favorably compare them to traditional court litigation.”

He went on to say that “great work has been done training local mediators and arbitrators at ADR provider institutions like the Saudi Center for Commercial Arbitration, the Bahrain Chamber for Dispute Resolution, and the Oman Arbitration Center, which offer both arbitration and mediation, to ensure that corporations, lawyers, and even university students have a firm understanding of ADR and how to maximize its use.”

Resal contract specialist Ghadi Aljohni said she came to the workshop to expand her knowledge of artificial intelligence. She has made use of ChatGPT, an innovative AI chatbot with robust problem-solving capabilities.

I’d like to see AI used to its full potential so that mistakes made by humans during the reviewing, proofreading, or drafting processes are minimized. “The rapid development of AI in recent years baffles me,” Aljohni said.
If a case is not simple and cannot be reduced to data and numbers, then I have serious doubts that AI can be fair in litigation or mediation.

Moderator of the “Data Analytics for Justice Enhancement” session Aleksandra Czubek told Arab News that human oversight of the judicial system will never be replaced by technology.

“No matter how much technology we use in the traditional or any system, really, it always has to be overseen by a human being who manages it, who trains it, and who oversees the outcome of the AI being implemented in the tradition,” said Czubek, an associate at SSW Pragmatic Solutions based in Poland.

Avoid letting AI run amok at all costs. So, implement it and let it learn on its own, then use the results of your self-taught AI. At all times, there must be a human being responsible for monitoring the outcome of any AI project.
Nasreen Alissa, a Saudi lawyer, has said, “We intend to use AI in the near future. The majority of our legal needs are being met by Najiz and the Ministry of Justice right now.
DeHeng Law Offices’s spokesperson Ian Wang, a Chinese lawyer, stressed the importance of data protection in preventing security breaches.

A leak could be disastrous for people’s wallets and health if one occurs. Therefore, I believe it is necessary to establish rules and regulations in order to steer the progress of AI,” Wang said.