On 25 and 26 May 2023, the Department of Law of the Università degli Studi Roma Tre (Italy) hosted the Inaugural Congress of the JAR-Association ‘Innovation in Justice Systems: Human, Cyber and Beyond’. This was the first face-to-face event organised by the Association, a unique platform for the transnational exchange of information and resources founded in 2021 to promote multidisciplinary research and sharing of experiences in the field of justice administration.

130 participants from 67 institutions based in 33 countries gathered in Rome to discuss how social, economic and technological developments are shaping the relationship between law and social reality and the changes these innovations pose to law, judicial organisation, justice services, governance and stakeholders.

The welcoming plenary session, opened by the keynote address of Francesco Depasquale (President of the Council of Europe Commission for the Efficiency of Justice – CEPEJ), was followed by 19 parallel sessions devoted to a wide variety of topical issues. Participants had the opportunity to discuss the challenges and opportunities arising from digitalisation processes, including emerging trends in the use of AI, to address key issues in the evolving role of the judicial professions, to explore the impact of the human factor in judicial decision-making, to delve into new user-centred approaches to redesigning judicial services so as to improve access to justice and to participate in a workshop on methodology in judicial administration research.

The final session of the event addressed the future of the Association. Views were exchanged on how members can work together to devise and promote future activities, strengthen synergies between the different expertise already present within the organisation, and further expand the membership with an eye to increasing inclusivity.

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