Abdi Aidid and Benjamin Alarie (supplied images)

Abdi Aidid and Benjamin Alarie recognized by Association of American Publishers

Abdi Aidid, an assistant professor in the Faculty of Law and Benjamin Alarie, a professor and Osler Chair in Business Law, have received an Association of American Publishers (AAP) PROSE Award for their book, The Legal Singularity: How Artificial Intelligence Can Make Law Radically Better.

The AAP’s jury of publishing professionals and librarians recognize authors, editors and publishers whose works have made significant strides in advancing their respective fields of study. Aidid and Alarie were recognized in the category of legal studies and criminology for their book, which was published in 2023 by University of Toronto Press.

In it, the authors argue that the proliferation of AI-enabled technology – specifically, the advent of legal prediction – will radically change the law and legal profession, facilitating a ‘completeness’ of law that is clearer and fairer.

Alarie co-founded a legal tech startup, Blue J Legal, in 2015. The company’s software draws on AI to provide instant and comprehensive answers in complex areas of tax, labour and employment law. Aidid previously served as Blue J Legal’s vice-president, legal research prior to joining U of T full-time in 2021.

Read about their book on U of T News