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CPH – Evaluation Seminar for PhD student Léonard Van Rompaey: Legal Disruption by Artificial Intelligence – by University of Copenhagen

June 10, 2019 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm CEST


All interested are kindly invited to participate in Léonard’s evaluation seminar of his PhD-project, entitled:

Legal Disruption by Artificial Intelligence: a Study of the Incompatibilities Between Law and Robots

A short, updated description of the project is available here.

“My research focuses on artificial intelligence’s legal disruption. Where does law fail to regulate robots? With very little deployment, we are already identifying legal challenges to the incorporation of artificial intelligence and autonomy in healthcare, transportation, warfare and many other areas of human activity. I try to identify and better understand the common denominators to the symptomatic disruptions that appear in various legal fields. The first common element is artificial intelligence, and I explore the exceptionalism of this technology in comparison to previous innovative disruptions. The second common element is the law itself.

I try to expose law as a deeply anthropocentric concept, using tools from cognitive neurosciences, behavioural economics and theory of law. When we try to regulate robots as objects (as we do with cars) the law fails to acknowledge the agency of the robot, which intervenes actively—not randomly or predictably—on the outcome from the action. When we try to regulate robots as agents, tensions and abrasions appear because of the human nature of law, a tool made by and for human beings and curtailed to constraining our behaviour. To address those theoretical and conceptual questions of incompatibility between the law and robotics is foundational to find answers to the symptomatic occurrences of AI legal disruption.”

The seminar takes place on Thursday 6 June 2019 from 10:00-12:00, meeting room 6B-4-04, Njalsgade 76, 4th floor, DK-2300 Copenhagen S 

External commentator at the seminar is: Bryan Druzin (CUHK)

Supervisor of the project, Hin-Yan Liu, will act as chair of the seminar.

All interested parties are welcome!

The seminar will be held in English


June 10, 2019
10:00 am - 12:00 pm CEST
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Faculty of Law, University of Copenhagen


Faculty of Law, University of Copenhagen
Conference/flex room, ground floor, room 8A-0-57, Njalsgade 76
Copenhagen, 2300 Denmark
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