Is the legal system, at its core, a simple and straightforward system of laws and rules, or a far more complex system encompassing everything from algorithms and mathematical patterns to human behavior at a level more akin to economics?

One of the emerging key thinkers in this area, Daniel Martin Katz of the Illinois Institute of Technology’s Chicago-Kent College of Law, has been exploring these questions.  In a recent interview with the Legal Executive Institute, Katz discusses how the scientific study of complex systems, somewhat paradoxically, can lead to greater simplification of the legal process, in turn producing more efficient delivery models for legal services.

Technologies such as artificial intelligence will certainly play a role in that evolution, although in a recent video, Katz points out that it is far from a one-size-fits-all solution, and that applications will vary greatly by jurisdiction.