SOLAIR Conference 2019

Come and join us at the second year of SOLAIR Conference 2019: Human Centric Artificial Intelligence that will take place on 12 – 13 September 2019 in Prague.

Human centric Artificial Intelligence is based on the respect for fundamental human rights and values including the right to dignity, privacy as well as the principle of human autonomy. This concept represents the European Union’s approach to the powerful technology of Artificial Intelligence that should be used for the benefit of the whole human society.

Developing details of this concept was initiated by the European Commission that set up High-Level Expert Group on Artificial Intelligence in June 2018. Along the lines of developing an ethical approach to AI, the current laws need to be revised as well in order to facilitate responsible development and use of AI in order to provide clear rules and legal certainty. Given the borderless nature of the technology, discussions and agreements on the international level are necessary. The aim of this conference is to provide space for such discussions and to raise even more the awareness about important issues related to social aspects of this powerful technology.

The SOLAIR Conference 2019 will be divided into two days. The first day will be focused mainly on policy issues and the following topics:

  • Introduction of and discussion about the Ethics Guidelines for Trustworthy AI as well as Policy and Investment Recommendations drafted by the High-Level Expert Group on Artificial Intelligence in 2019 together with a business perspective on ethical issues and the future of AI
  • Discussion of a non-paper on desirable future regulation of AI on the EU level and discussions about future international approach to regulating AI on various levels

The second day of the conference will focus on specific legal topics related to AI, such as liability, setting up legal standards for AI, autonomous mobility, compulsory licences, decision-making processes and AI etc.

We believe that the conference will interconnect the right people and help them to work together to achieve the ultimate goal of the Human Centric Artificial Intelligence approach which is empowering all people and bringing them the greatest benefits offered by the AI.

Save the Date – SOLAIR 2019

The Institute of State and Law of the Czech Academy of Sciences organizes the second year of the international conference

SOLAIR (Society, Law, Artificial Intelligence, and Robotics):
Human Centric Artificial Intelligence

The conference shall take place on 12 – 13 September 2019 in Prague, Czech Republic.

Call for Abstracts – SOLAIR 2018

The Institute of State and Law of the Czech Academy of Sciences in cooperation with the Ministry of Industry and Trade of the Czech Republic organize an international conference

SOLAIR (Society, Law, Artificial Intelligence, and Robotics)

International Harmonization of Private Law with Regard to Artificial Intelligence and Intelligent Autonomous Robotics


Artificial Intelligence (AI) and intelligent autonomous robotics represent current trends in innovation that start to pervade our lives. Characteristics of intelligent autonomous software and machines, such as decrease or even absence of human control over certain processes, inexplicability of automated decisions as well as their unpredictability to a certain degree, pose specific challenges to law. Given the widespread use of these technologies, experts from various countries have already started discussions on adapting laws on national levels. A world-wide discussion is needed in order to guide a safe and responsible use of these technologies. The aim of this conference is to facilitate a discussion on how harmonized legal rules can promote trust and acceptance of AI and intelligent autonomous robotics in the society. The conference discussions should reflect on issues outlined in the Proposal submitted by the Czech Republic on artificial intelligence and discussed during the 97th session of the UNIDROIT Governing Council and during the 51st session of the United Nations Commission on International Trade Law (A/CN.9/960).
We seek abstracts of papers focused on the legal issues related to AI and intelligent autonomous robotics namely, but not limited to, in the areas of liability (both contracts and torts), due diligence, consumer protection, competition law, protection of personal rights and privacy, intellectual property issues, commercial transactions, employment law, cybersecurity, and the very status of AI/intelligent autonomous robots. Contributions containing international comparative analysis are highly welcome.
The conference should bring together academics as well as official representatives of states and form a basis for future work in the area of international harmonization of private law. Presented papers should provide an initial analysis of respective issues. We presume publication of conference papers based on an accepted and presented abstract after the conference by the end of 2018 in the form of an open access e-book. Final papers are due after the conference in order to enable authors to benefit from the discussions during the conference.