AI & Law: Cross-Jurisdictional Lawyering And AI

Lance Eliot
6 min readAug 25, 2023
Here’s how AI in the law will impact cross-jurisdictional lawyering practices

by Dr. Lance B. Eliot

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Key briefing points about this article:

  • A vexing issue for lawyers entails dealing with cross-jurisdictional cases
  • Lawyers are usually versed in and licensed for a singular jurisdiction, not multiples
  • Trying to grapple with multiple sets of laws and yet similar legal cases are problematic
  • AI-based legal reasoning systems that are crafted for cross-jurisdictional can help
  • Those AI tools are useful even when a lawyer is not overtly cross-jurisdictionally focused

Introduction

Tackling a legal case that is wholly confined within your existing jurisdiction is likely the mainstay of what lawyering and the practice of law consist of. Sure, from time to time you might get involved in a cross-jurisdictional matter, but this is not the usual or everyday occurrence for the preponderance of attorneys.

Some would fervently argue that cross-jurisdictional legal cases are especially arduous.

The odds are that a lawyer faced with a case that has cross-jurisdictional legal entanglements is going to have a devil of a time dealing with the case. As you know, most lawyers are versed in a particular jurisdictional sphere of the law and concentrate on just that specific scope. If you are a U.S.-based lawyer that is trained in U.S. law and licensed to practice in the U.S., the chances of your being equally trained and licensed in some other country are pretty slim.

As they say, sometimes it takes a village to properly undertake a cross-jurisdictional legal matter.

You might need to make collegial arrangements with lawyers in each of the respective jurisdictions to aid you in any legally thorny and weblike geographical border crossing case. Each of those lawyers will proffer their legal viewpoints based on the jurisdiction that they are lawyering within. This can be highly advantageous and…

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Lance Eliot

Dr. Lance B. Eliot is a renowned global expert on AI, successful startup founder, global CIO/CTO, , was a top exec at a major Venture Capital (VC) firm.