SOLAIR 2021

On 9 – 10 September 2021, the Institute of State and Law of the Czech Academy of Sciences organized the fourth international SOLAIR Conference 2021. The subtitle of the conference was “Artificial Intelligence from the Perspective of Horizontal and Sectoral Legislation”. The conference was organized jointly by the United Nation’s UNCITRAL, the Institute of State and Law of the CAS, the Office of the Government of the Czech Republic, the Ministry of Industry and Trade of the Czech Republic, the Ministry of Finance of the Czech Republic, UNIDROIT, the Czech Academy of Sciences, Microsoft, Happenee, and the initiative Czech Women in Artificial Intelligence. The conference was organized under the auspices of Věra Jourová – Vice-President of the European Commission for Values and Transparency, Alena Schillerová – Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Finance of the Czech Republic, and Eva Zažímalová – President of the Czech Academy of Sciences.

A report from the conference was published in the Czech Yearbook of Public & Private International Law (2021, Vol. 12, pp. 457-459) and is available here.  

Program of SOLAIR 2021

9 September 2021

Opening Addresses 10:00 – 11:00
  • Ondřej Beránek – Vice-President of the Czech Academy of Sciences
  • Věra Jourová – Vice President of the European Commission for Values and Transparency
  • Milena Hrdinková – State Secretary for European Affairs at the Government Office of the Czech Republic
  • Petr Očko – Deputy Minister for Digitalisation and Innovation at the Ministry of Industry and Trade of the Czech Republic
  • Alex Ivančo – Department Director for Financial Markets III at the Ministry of Finance of the Czech Republic
Keynotes 11:00 – 12:00 European Approach to Regulating AI
  • Irina Orssich – Head of Sector for AI Policy at the European Commission, DG CONNECT
  • Cornelia Kutterer – Senior Director, Rule of Law, Responsible Tech & Competition, European Government Affairs, Microsoft
Lunch Break 12:00 – 13:00
Keynotes 13:00 – 14:30 Activities of International Organizations
  • Anna Joubin-Bret – Secretary, UNCITRAL – United Nations Commission on International Trade Law; and Director, International Trade Law Division, United Nations Office of Legal Affairs
  • Karine Perset – Head of OECD.AI Policy Observatory and Network of Experts
  • Peggy Valcke – Vice-President of the CAHAI
  • Carlo Di Nicola – UNIDROIT – International Institute for the Unification of Private Law, Senior Legal Officer
Keynotes 14:30 – 15:50 Regulating AI from Global Perspective
  • Taylor Reynolds – MIT (Internet Policy Research Initiative / Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Lab)
  • Dov Greenbaum – Zvi Meitar Institute for Legal Implications of Emerging Technologies at IDC Herzliya
  • Alžběta Krausová – Institute of State and Law of the Czech Academy of Sciences
Coffee Break 15:50 – 16:00
Keynotes – Czech Women in AI Panel (CWAI) 16:00 – 17:00 Women in AI and Ethics
  • Gabriela Ramos – Assistant Director-General for the Social and Human Sciences at UNESCO
  • Virginia Dignum – Professor of Responsible Artificial Intelligence at Umeå University, Sweden
  • Moderator: Katerina Anna Magnna – CWAI Steering Committee Member; Government Affairs CZ, SK, HU Microsoft
Closing Remarks 17:00 – 17:10

10 September 2021

Academic & Business Panel 10:30 – 11:30 AI and Cybersecurity
  • Lorenzo Pupillo – Associate Senior Research Fellow and Head of the Cybersecurity @CEPS Initiative, Centre for European Policy Studies
  • Dalibor Kačmář – Microsoft Czech Republic and Slovakia
  • Moderator: Tomáš Ščerba – White & Case LLP
Coffee Break 11:30 – 11:45
Academic  & Business Panel 11:45 – 12:30 AI in Business from Public Perspective
  • Monika Pauknerová – Memeber of UNIDROIT Governing Council, Professor of private international and international commercial law, Faculty of Law, Charles University Prague, Czech Republic, and Senior Research Fellow, Institute of State and Law, Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic, Prague
  • Petr Očko – Deputy Minister for Digitalisation and Innovation at the Ministry of Industry and Trade of the Czech Republic
Lunch Break 12:30 – 13:30
Academic & Business Panel 13:30 – 14:30 AI in Business and Finances
  • Francesca Lagioia – Law Department, European University Institute, Florence and Cirsfid–AI, Law Department, University of Bologna
  • Alex Ivančo – Department Director for Financial Markets III at the Ministry of Finance of the Czech Republic
  • Kamil Szpyt – Krakowska Akademia im. Andrzeja Frycza Modrzewskiego
Coffee Break 14:30 – 15:00
Academic & Business Panel 15:00 – 16:30 AI, Media, Disinformation and Democracy
  • Ryan Calo – Lane Powell and D. Wayne Gittinger Professor of Law, Co-Founder, Tech Policy Lab and Center for an Informed Public, University of Washington
  • Melinda McClure Haughey – Doctoral Candidate at University of Washington
  • Ginny Badanes – Sr. Director, Microsoft’s Democracy Forward Initiative
Closing Remarks 16:30 – 16:40
 

Side Events in 2021

Artificial Intelligence and Law Enforcement

15 December 2021 | 14:00 to 15:30 CET | ONLINE

The use of AI systems for law enforcement purposes is a highly debated issue. The UNICRI and INTERPOL have published three reports on potential future uses of the technology, including A Policy Framework for Responsible Limits on Facial Recognition. Join us for short presentations and discussions with representatives of the Czech Republic’s National Center against Organized Crime on the future use of AI.

Regulating Liability for AI Systems

21 December 2021 | 14:30 to 16:00 CET | ONLINE

Liability for AI systems is one of the key issues pertaining to regulating smart systems. Although the European Commission is preparing a separate proposal of regulation on liability for AI systems, the proposed Artificial Intelligence Act will also influence the rights and obligations of all involved subjects when it comes to liability issues. Join us for short presentations and discussions with Prof. Dr. Gerald Spindler on how the AI Act might influence future liability rules and with Taylor Reynolds on the U.S. perspective.

Legal Questions Concerning Processing Data in AI Systems

22 December 2021 | 14:30 to 16:00 CET | ONLINE

AI systems typically learn from datasets that may also include personal data. Therefore, there are many questions as to privacy and data protection. One of them is licensing and applying the right to be forgotten on learning datasets. Join us for short presentations and discussions with an Israeli attorney Dan Hay who will challenge the GDPR rules.

AI-Based Personalization from the Legal Perspective

30 December 2021 | 14:30 to 16:00 CET | ONLINE

AI-based personalization is often used in media and advertisement industries. It is highly intertwined with personal data processing, including profiling. This workshop will present results of research on legal issues related to providing personalised advertising and media content to consumers and the best practices how to solve these issues. The research was done within the project AIM Law (TACR No. TL03000152).  

Partners in 2021

Auspices in 2021

The conference was organized under the auspices of Věra Jourová – Vice-President of the European Commission for Values and Transparency, Alena Schillerová – DeputyPrime Minister and Minister of Finance of the Czech Republic, and Eva Zažímalová – President of the Czech Academy of Sciences.   Logo of the European Commission