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Kerstin Ahlberg and Bruun Niklas (Eds.): The new foundations of labour law. Frankfurt: Peter
Lang, 2018. ISBN 978-3-63172-677-8. 276 pp., EUR 60.70.
This book explores the challenges of globalization and digitalization to labour law and
social security under three headings. The first, BThe changing foundations of labour law^
focuses on the law itself. Here the authors discuss how a changing political setting influences
the very foundations of contemporary labour law. The contributions in the second section,
BPrecarious work—the new normative model?^ deal with the challenges that various new
business models put to regulating working life and social welfare. The contributions in the
final section, BNew forms of labour mobility,^ treat the difficulties related to the protection of
workers who move over borders between countries and continents. The book is a contribution
to the ongoing debate on the future of labour law.
Kevin D. Ashley: Artificial intelligence and legal analytics: New tools for law practice in the
digital age. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2017. ISBN 978-1-31676-138-0. 446
pp., USD 42.74.
The field of artificial intelligence (AI) and the law is on the cusp of a revolution that began
with text analytic programmes like IBM’s Watson and Debater and the open-source informa-
tion management architectures on which they are based. Today, new legal applications are
beginning to appear and this book—designed to explain computational processes to non-
programmers—describes how they will change the practice of law, specifically by connecting
computational models of legal reasoning directly with legal text, generating arguments for and
against particular outcomes, predicting outcomes and explaining these predictions with reasons
that legal professionals will be able to evaluate for themselves. These legal applications will
support conceptual legal information retrieval and allow cognitive computing, enabling a
collaboration between humans and computers in which each does what it can do best. Anyone
interested in how AI is changing the practice of law should read this illuminating work.
Kit Barker, Karen Fairweather, and Ross Grantham (Eds.): Private law in the 21st century.
London: Hart Publishing, 2017. ISBN 978-1-50990-858-5. 624 pp., USD 198.00.
This book brings together a wide range of contributors from across the common law world
to identify and debate the principal moral and systemic challenges facing private law in the
remaining part of the twenty-first century. The various contributions identify serious problems
relating to complexity and overload, threats to research and education, the law's unintelligi-
bility, the unsatisfactory nature of the law reform process and a general lack of public
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