What's happening at U of T
U of T Law Professor Benjamin Alarie has built a “legal tech” startup that uses machine learning to help lawyers predict how courts may rule on new tax cases. Blue J Legal, which Alarie founded with two other law professors and a former IBM software developer, says its Tax Foresight tool has an accuracy rate of 90 per cent. “It’s like a flight simulator for new tax law cases,” says Alarie.
U of T's Aled Edwards writes that when it comes to medical innovation, Canadians ought to be leaders in not only sharing data and samples and avoiding patents but also in setting the global standards for sharing.
“By sharing, our leading public institutions will reduce needless duplication of effort, decrease senseless negotiations over who owns what, to generate more collaborations,” he argues.
Edwards is the founding and current CEO of the Structural Genomics Consortium, a professor of molecular genetics at the University of Toronto and a visiting professor at the University of Oxford.
Spotlight on literature
A U of T doctoral engineering student wants Kurdish speakers around the world to read the works of Emily Dickinson. Madeh Piryonesi, who arrived in Canada in 2015 from Iran, translates the literature into Kurdish and Farsi. He has recently published two books of Emily Dickinson's poetry and translated several other works since 2012.
Rosalie Abella has been named Global Jurist of the Year by Northwestern Pritzker School of Law’s Center for International Human Rights. It's the latest in a series of honours for the Supreme Court of Canada justice and University of Toronto alumna.
The Globe and Mail reports that former U.S. Ambassador to Canada David Jacobson nominated her for the award, which is for a current judge who has shown a lifetime of commitment in the face of adversity to defending human rights or principles of international criminal justice.