Leuven AI Law & Ethics Conference 2020, Leuven

Period:  18.02.2020
Organiser:  KU Leuven Centre for IT & IP Law (CiTiP)

The second edition of the Leuven AI Law & Ethics Conference (LAILEC) – LAILEC2020 ‘The Good, the Bad and the Regulated: In Search of a Common Denominator for AI in Business and Society’, took place on 18 February 2020 in Leuven, Belgium.

The conference gathered researchers from multiple disciplines, business, practitioners, policy makers and other societal actors to discuss the contemporary legal, ethical, regulatory and governance challenges of artificial intelligence.

LAILEC continues its tradition of keeping its audience informed about the latest trends at the crossroads between law, ethics and technology. This year the conference explored the challenges regulators, businesses and society will face regarding AI, through the use-cases of Industry 4.0 and health, putting an emphasis on the overall commitment of the EU towards the UN Sustainable Development Goals and international business and human rights standards.

Topics covered AI, Industry 4.0, accountability, sustainability, regulatory sandboxes, data as raw material, human rights, human enhancement and many other.

Following the success of the first edition, LAILEC 2020 also organized parallel tracks with paper presentations from both aspiring and established scholars.

Key members of the LIBRe Team took part:

Alexandra Tsvetkova, Director and Senior Researcher, presented her vision on some of the needs of the judiciary towards adopting AI-based tools - “Judicial AI - mission (im)plausible?”, as part of the ‘RIP the Law’ Session;

Ivo Emanuilov, Senior Legal Expert (Of Counsel), presented on the issues of international liability in smart manufacturing as part of the ‘AI in Industry 4.0: collaborative manufacturing and the new ‘raw’ materials in the factories of the future’ Session; and

Katerina Yordanova, Senior Legal Expert (Of Counsel), moderated the ‘Multilevel regulation of AI: are new regulatory tools the future or simply the emperor’s new clothes?’ closing session.