CLCT is pleased to announce its second annual writing competition dedicated to innovative legal issues likely to arise from Artificial Intelligence, the Internet of Things, and/or related technologies. A submission is not required to contain a proposed solution to the issue; however, any plausible and well-articulated solutions put forward are likely to impress the judges! Judges will select the best entries which creatively and innovatively address these criteria.
Submissions will be accepted now through December 18, 2018.
Cyberjustice Laboratory, Université de Montréal, February 25, 2019
In preparation of the International Conference on Artificial Intelligence and Law (ICAIL), the Cyberjustice Laboratory of the Université de Montréal will be hosting a number of scientific events dedicated to artificial intelligence. One such event, the Graduate Law and Artificial Intelligence Conference (GLAIC), will be held on February 25, 2019, in Montreal, Canada.
The conference is open to current doctoral students, recent graduates, early-career academics and professionals who specialise in law and technology. The conference is intended to provide participants with a stimulating environment to discuss their work and to facilitate future research and professional collaborations between young scholars and practitioners under the auspices of the Cyberjustice Laboratory and beyond.
The European Commission for the Efficiency of Justice (CEPEJ) has just published its 16th Newsletter dedicated to the theme of: “Predictive justice and artificial intelligence (AI)”. Artificial intelligence in the field of justice is central to debates in all Council of Europe member States. The newsletter provides an overview of some of AI’s applications in the justice field and describes some of the challenges and issues facing public policymakers. The newsletter also describes the work in progress within the CEPEJ, both in the fields of judicial timeframes, quality of justice, mediation, evaluation of judicial systems and cooperation.
AI and self-learning algorithms have become important tools in our everyday lives. We use AI and related technologies to make determinations and predictions in order to optimize our decisions. Decisions may even be based solely on automated processing, for example when an online credit application is automatically refused or recruiting practices are fully automated. From a legal point of view, the effects of such automated processing may be discriminating and in violation of privacy rights, especially if the automated decision concerns highly sensitive domains such as criminal justice, law enforcement, housing, hiring, and education.
We as a society have to ask ourselves whether we want to live in a decision-making environment where individual autonomy is lost in an opaque set of algorithms. An algorithmic governance system may help to ensure the legitimacy and effectiveness of algorithms. In designing such a system, the legislator has to find a balance between effective privacy protection, the protection of company and business secrets and digital added-value potential. In our conference, we wish to deepen the public debate on this topic and answer questions such as: To which extent do we want algorithms to guide and shape our behavior? How can we design effective governance systems for algorithms? How can transparency and explainability of algorithms be secured?
We will address the potential risks of the algorithm revolution and discuss several interdisciplinary governance approaches. To this end, we have invited international experts to present different approaches to this fundamental and pressing issue of our time and are looking forward to an insightful and productive interdisciplinary debate.
Technology is transforming society on many fronts. In recent years, we have seen the sustained move from atoms to bits, rise of social media and the sharing economy, and the rapid development of cloud computing, big data, smart devices, and robotics. Along with these developments we see a continuous stream of new legal and regulatory issues. For every problem solved, two new problems seem to surface.
TILTing perspectives 2019 brings together for the 6th time researchers, practitioners, policy makers, and civil society at the intersection of law and regulation, technology, and society to share insights, exchange ideas and formulate, discuss and suggest answers to contemporary challenges related to technological innovation. The conference will include plenary sessions, parallel sessions, and panel discussions with invited speakers, as well as presentations from respondents to a call for papers.
The Economist named blockchain the ultimate ‘trust machine’ that is deemed to replace traditional banking systems, land registers, public record systems, and even traditional election voting systems. Blockchain offers the opportunity to address the trust, transparency, and bureaucracy challenges that several public bodies currently face. Furthermore, the blockchain offers new collaboration opportunities between governments and citizens. It verifies close to real-time transactions, simplifies regulatory compliance, promises efficiency gains through the reduction of intermediaries, and reduces the risks of fraud and cybercrime.
Throughout the world, governments are experimenting with blockchain in different areas. However, it remains a black box to many citizens, public bodies, and companies. This in itself raises concerns for areas where democratic processes are essential to create legitimacy. Additionally, many question whether the technology is stable and secure over the long run, if total transparency is desirable for all kinds of public services, whether it is scalable enough or consumes too much energy, what its social impact is, whether existing legal frameworks are challenged by this system, and how the technology and its users can be “fixed” if mistakes occur. Hence, the ‘trust machine’ has not been able to conquer the minds and hearts of many skeptical public and private actors.
The conference ‘Blockchain, Public Trust, Law and Governance’ will bring together reputed academics, talented professionals, and a selection of innovative entrepreneurs working on blockchain to discuss the applications of this technology to government as well as its regulatory, ethical and policy challenges.
This conference is hosted by the department of Constitutional Law, Administrative Law and Public Administration of the Faculty of Law of the University of Groningen that specializes on the study of how public law can contribute to public trust in government.
XXth International Congress 2018 International Academy of Comparative Law Fukuoka, JapanJuly 25, 2018
Call for Papers
We invite younger scholars to participate in the first-ever Younger Scholars Forum in Comparative Law, to be held in Fukuoka, Japan on Wednesday, July 25, 2018, from 9:00am to 12:00pm as part of the larger quadrennial Congress of Comparative Law organized by the International Academy of Comparative Law (IACL).Abstracts are invited for eight (8) Workshops and one (1) TED-style Speakers’ Corner. All nine sessions will be held concurrently from 9:00am to 12:00pm on the day of the Forum. More details follow below on the subject-matter of each Workshop and on the format of the Speakers’ Corner.Workshop 5: Technology and Innovation: Challenges for Traditional Legal BoundariesAbstract: Technology has challenged longstanding legal paradigms, changing the way lawyers regulate tourist accommodation (e.g. with Airbnb), labor (e.g. Uber), public decision-making (e.g. use of big data by tax authorities), liability (e.g. robots’ actions), intellectual property (e.g. platforms like Spotify or Pandora), and even war (e.g. use of killing drones). How should law respond to these technology-mediated challenges? Technological evolutions also challenge the paradigm of territoriality of law and have led towards the emergence of a new paradigm, that of transnational law. In data protection, for instance, European authorities have attempted to enforce EU law outside EU, leading to serious conflict of laws with countries like the US that do not maintain similar standards. Can the clash of values reflected by such clash of standards by transcended? What would be the appropriate solutions? We invite paper submissions on law and technology, including (i) comparative intellectual property law; (ii) artificial intelligence; (iii) regulation of the platform economy; (iv) data science and law; (v) privacy and cybersecurity; (vi) technology and human rights.
Distinguished Provocateur-Discussant: Sofia Ranchordás (Netherlands)
Moderators: Catalina Goanta (Maastricht); András Koltay (Hungary)
Find the full call for papers and all workshops here.