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This guide brings together in one place many scientific and legal resources available to ASU students including databases, indexes, and full text electronic journals.

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Westlaw Practice Note: Artificial Intelligence Key Legal Issues: Overview (maintained)
A Practice Note providing an overview of key legal issues relating to the use, acquisition, and development of artificial intelligence (AI). It discusses legal issues in the areas of commercial contracts, consumer products, products liability, privacy and data security, intellectual property, bankruptcy, employment, employee benefits, and antitrust.

Lexis Practical Guidance
Lexis practical guidance related to tackling artificial intelligence issues in law practice, for example: Artificial Intelligence and Robots in the Workplace: Best PracticesArtificial Intelligence Key Legal Issues, and AI Can Create Art, but Can It Own Copyright in It, or Infringe?

Bloomberg Law's Practice Guidance: Avoiding Human Bias in Artificial Intelligence
This Bloomberg Law maintains a practical guidance page related to the use of AI in technology.  It includes links to primary law, guidance for practice, and summaries of relevant legal doctrines.

AI Litigation Database
This database, from the George Washington University School of Law, presents information about ongoing and completed litigation involving artificial intelligence. It covers cases from complaint forward, whether or not they generate published decisions and features a dynamic search tool.

ABI/INFORM is a searchable database of business-related articles from thousands of English-language journals worldwide.

Academic Search Premier
Academic Search Premier is a multidisciplinary database of scholarly journals and popular magazines.

Google Scholar
Google Scholar allows searching of multidisciplinary scholarly literature including articles, papers, these, books, abstracts, and technical reports from a wide variety of resources such as journals, repositories, and the web.

PAIS Index
Searching PAIS provides users access to articles, books, government documents, research reports, and more related to topics such as public affairs and social policies.

Science Direct
Science Direct is an index to journal articles and book chapters.

Scopus is an abstract and citation database of peer-reviewed literature and web sources with tools to track, analyze, and visualize research. Scopus provides access to a broad portfolio of peer-reviewed content from around the world.

News and Current Awareness

Stanford Institute Human-Centered Artificial Intelligence (HAI)

The Human-Centered Artificial Intelligence (HAI) project at Stanford University is an effort to bridge the “explainability gap” with artificial intelligence by monitoring global trends and summarizing information.  Its annual AI Index Report is a useful way to track, collate, distill, and visualize data related to AI.  The website also has a News & Insights section, which is searchable and has filters.

Artificial Intelligence – Law, Policy & Ethics eJournal
An online journal sponsored by Vanderbilt Law School’s Program on Law & Innovation that includes working papers and articles accepted for publication.

Artificial Intelligence and Law
A scholarly journal published 4 times a year addressing scientific advancement of AI as well as its legal, ethical, and social considerations.

Journal of Artificial Intelligence Research
An open-access journal with refereed research articles and survey articles on scientific and technical aspects of AI development.

Lexis - Law360 - Technology
This database stores news articles on law and technology, including litigation and regulation of AI issues.

American Bar Association (ABA) Journal, Artificial Intelligence & Robotics
A list, curated by the ABA, of the most recent articles in ABA publications about Artificial Intelligence & Robotics.

The ABA Tackles Artificial Intelligence and Ethics (Sharon D. Nelson & John W. Simek, 2020)
The American Bar Association's Resolution 112 urges courts and lawyers to address the ethical and legal issues related to AI.  This article from the ABA Law Practice Magazine explains how lawyers can interpret this rule and put the resolution into action.

Artificial Intelligence Technology and the Law Blog
A blog by attorney Brian Higgins that examines the regulation of AI in the U.S. and internationally, and tracks advances in the technology.

Artificial Intelligence Law Advisor
AI Law Advisor is a blog curated by Davis, Wright, Tremaine, LLP that covers news and current issues with AI law. 

Inside Tech Law: Artificial Intelligence
A blog by Norton Rose Fulbright that focuses on the more granular ethical and related legal risks that need to be managed by a business developing or using AI in whatever industry sector it occupies.

Stanford HAI Blog
The Human-Centered Artificial Intelligence (HAI) project at Stanford University is an effort to bridge the “explainability gap” with artificial intelligence by monitoring global trends and summarizing information.

Law Technology Now
Law Technology Now explores the latest in legal technology and innovation. Key players in the legal technology community join the hosts to highlight the top trends and developments in the legal world. Available in iTunes, Spotify, and most podcast apps.


Below is a short list of print and online treatises related to artificial intelligence. You can search for other resources in the ASU Library catalog using subject headings such as Artificial Intelligence and Engineering & Applied Sciences.  Note that on the right side of the screen, you can limit to “full text online” or “law library.”

The Law of Artificial Intelligence and Smart Machines : Understanding A.I. and the Legal Impact
 (Theodore Franklin Claypoole, 2019)
This ABA publication provides an in-depth examination of how artificial intelligence has evolved, how it will affect the legal profession, and how the law will be reformed to meet the new realities created by AI.

Artificial Intelligence: A Very Short Introduction (Margaret A. Boden, 2018)
This Oxford Press book explains the history, theory, potential, application, and limitations of artificial intelligence.

Robot Rules: Regulating Artificial Intelligence (Jacob Turner, 2019 - ProQuest eBook)
This book explains why AI is unique, what legal and ethical problems it could cause, and how we can address them. It argues that AI is unlike any other previous technology, owing to its ability to take decisions independently and unpredictably. This gives rise to three issues: responsibility--who is liable if AI causes harm; rights--the disputed moral and pragmatic grounds for granting AI legal personality; and the ethics surrounding the decision-making of AI.

When Machines Can Be Judge, Jury, and Executioner: Justice in the Age of Artificial Intelligence (Katherine B Forrest, 2021)
Written by a former federal judge who lectures widely and frequently on AI and the justice system, this book is the first comprehensive presentation of the theoretical framework of AI tools in the criminal justice system and lethal autonomous weapons utilized in decision-making. The book then provides a comprehensive explanation as to why, tracing the evolution of the debate regarding racial and other biases embedded in such tools.