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.