Conflict Analytics Lab

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Advanced analytics and AI tools can help to reveal trends and patterns in past disputes that inform legal and negotiation strategies and predict outcomes in current disputes. Conflict analytics does not provide black-box solutions. Data-driven insights are not meant to replace human wisdom; rather, they act as a complement to it.

The Conflict Analytics Lab is the largest global consortium of researchers and practitioners interested in Artificial Intelligence (AI) and data science as it applies to conflict resolution and negotiation. Samuel Dahan, a Queen’s National Scholar and Assistant Professor in the Faculty of Law, is the inaugural Director of the Conflict Analytics Lab. While largely comprised of legal academics and professionals, specialists in business, mathematics, international relations, and economics—both in the industry and in academia—are also represented in the lab. Conflict analytics, the lab’s focus, is concerned with conducting data analysis in a way that can inform the strategy of negotiators, human resources professionals, and lawyers based on conflict predictability. Insights produced through this new data analysis are not meant to replace human reasoning, but rather compliment it. The applications of conflict analytics the lab intends to examine include consumer disputes mechanisms, small claims, online dispute resolution, labour and commercial dispute settlements.

To learn more about the Conflict Analytics Lab, browse its website.