Centre for Law, Economics and Society (CLES)


19 June 2017
Blockchain and the Constitution of a New Financial Order: Legal and Political Challenges

27 July 2017
Call for paper: Artificial Cosmoi and the Law

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Organised by the UCL Centre for Law, Economics and Society with the support of the Modern Law Review and UCL Public Engagement

Monday 19 June 2017, 09:30 - 18:00, followed by a reception

Blockchain and the Constitution of a New Financial Order: Legal and Political Challenges

The workshop deals with emergent economic, political and legal phenomena in the field of FinTech. It pursues two distinct goals. First, it intends to generate awareness and facilitate a better understanding of the actors, phenomena and dynamics of the new financial order. Second, it explores the political and legal implications of financial and technological innovation based on blockchain technology. These debates will constitute the basis of an edited volume that introduces practitioners and researchers to the regulatory and political challenges of blockchain technologies and its diverse uses.

The Speakers include:

  • Tomaso Aste (UCL)
  • Iris Chiu (UCL)
  • Georgios Dimitropoulos (Hamad Bin Khalifa University Law School)
  • Stefan Eich (Princeton Society of Fellows)
  • Hermann Elendner (Humboldt University of Berlin)
  • Jonathan Greenacre (Oxford University)
  • Rohan Grey (Modern Money Network)
  • Philipp Hacker (EUI)
  • Michael Jacobides (London Business School and NY Fed)
  • Rosa María Lastra (Queen Mary University of London)
  • Ioannis Lianos (UCL)
  • Pietro Ortolani (Max Planck Institute Luxembourg)
  • Giovanni Sartor (European University Institute)
  • Alexandros Seretakis (University of Luxembourg)
  • Paolo Tasca (UCL)
  • Angela Walch (St. Mary’s University School of Law)
  • Aaron J. Wright (Cardozo School of Law)
  • Karen Yeung (King’s College London)
  • Claus D. Zimmermann (Sidley Austin LLP)

Learning Outcomes:
This event will introduce legal practitioners and researchers to the regulatory and political challenges of blockchain technologies and its diverse uses.

Visit the event page to register and for further information.

Thursday 27 July 2017, Athens

Call for paper: Artificial Cosmoi and the Law: Legal Theory and practice in the Era of Artificial Intelligence (AI), machine learning, and robots

A conference supported by the Centre for Law, Economics & Society at UCL, IMEDIPA and the EPLO

Call for papers deadline: 30 May 2017

The conference organizers of the ‘Artificial Cosmoi and the Law’ seek contributions in the form of scholarly papers in order to foster a lively debate between scholars from various disciplines and practitioners on the interaction between Artificial Intelligence, machine learning, robots, virtual reality and algorithmic decision-making – the ‘artificial cosmoi’, and the legal system.

The recently published ‘One Hundred Year Study on Artificial Intelligence’ identifies a number of areas of human activity that are and will likely be affected by AI in the near future.[1] But the law is conspicuously slow in adapting to the needs of society and in particular to the development of new technologies. Law usually reacts to societal changes, but it, moreover, usually has a restricting function: it prohibits rather than enables certain types of activities. Both features of law make it a rather poor instrument to deal with the cataclysmic changes that the rapid developments in the technologies of Artificial Intelligence will be bringing about in the not too distant future. These will touch upon all aspects of social life, from issues of employment and intellectual creation, or more generally the creation of resources, to new modes of data and AI-driven governance, and will affect multiple environments reaching from the streets and hospitals to the battlefield. If it is for the law to remain relevant, it will have to rapidly adapt to these challenges so as not to move from the epicenter to the periphery of social activity. A possible, mostly reactive, approach will be to design legal rules mitigating the risks arising from the recourse to Artificial Intelligence and the development of artificial cosmoi, but also to take advantage of algorithms and AI in achieving the objectives of the law. The Legal Affairs Committee of the European Parliament recently proposed the establishment of a European Agency for robotics and artificial intelligence in order to supply public authorities with technical, ethical and regulatory expertise, and the setting of common European Union rules to be adopted on a voluntary basis to regulate issues of liability for the social, environmental and human health impacts of robotics in order to ensure that they operate in accordance with legal, safety and ethical standards – eventually by also considering the creation of a specific legal status for robots as ‘electronic persons’;[2] this illustrates the increasing interest of legislators and regulators in the various societal, legal and ethical risks raised by AI and associated technologies. However, beyond this reactive approach, how should legal epistemology be re-conceived so as to fully engage with the ‘structuration’ of the emerging ‘artificial cosmoi’?

Suggested topics that are of interest for the call for papers are:

  • Interdisciplinary perspectives on artificial intelligence and the law: towards Law, Science and Technology studies 2.0?
  • Legal personality and intellectual creation in the Era of AI: From Matrix, Terminator 2 and Hal 9000 to Ghost in the Shell and Sunspring
  • Comparative approaches to the regulation of new technologies, with a focus on Artificial Intelligence, machine learning, robotics and algorithmic decision-making
  • Artificial cosmoi, institutional change and demo-cratic politics
  • Human rights in the era of AI
  • The protection of intellectual creation in the era of AI
  • The regulation of employment and labour law in the Era of robotics
  • Privacy and data protection challenges in the Internet of Things
  • Machine ethics and ethical rules for robots
  • Algorithmic decision-making, public policy, and the law
  • Blockchain technology, public policy, and the law
  • Artificial cosmoi and the professions (regulation, ethics)
  • The use of AI, machine learning and robots in judicial and arbitral decision-making contexts
  • The rise of RegTech and future challenges for AI-supported regulation
  • Artificial cosmoi and tortious/criminal liability
  • Automated self-driving vehicles – drones, cars, and beyond: implications for the legal system
  • Autonomous weapons in law enforcement, or the military: implications for the legal system

The conference will include contributions by:

  • Sylvie Delacroix, UCL Law and UCL Computer Science
  • George Dimitropoulos, HBKU Law
  • Clinton W. Francis, HBKU Law & Northwestern University Pritzker School of Law
  • David Singh Grewal, Yale Law School
  • Ioannis Lianos, UCL
  • Nicholas Petit, University of Liege

[1] Peter Stone et al..  ‘Artificial Intelligence and Life in 2030’. One Hundred Year Study on Artificial Intelligence: Report of the 2015-2016 Study Panel, Stanford University, Stanford, CA,  September 2016, available at: http://ai100.stanford.edu/2016-report.

[2] Study available at: http://www.europarl.europa.eu/sides/getDoc.do?pubRef=-//EP//NONSGML%2BCOMPARL%2BPE-582.443%2B01%2BDOC%2BPDF%2BV0//EN

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