march, 2019

21mar(mar 21)10:00 am22(mar 22)5:00 pm2nd Annual Surrey Conference on Regulating AI: They Took Our White-Collar Jobs


Event Details

Artificial intelligence (AI) is fundamentally changing the way we do business and adjudicate disputes. Document review, once a staple of first year associate work at corporate law firms, is being automated. AI systems are being developed that aggregate caselaw and predict case outcomes with greater accuracy than human legal experts. Chatbots driven by machine learning are being developed to provide legal advice to consumers looking for quick answers to legal questions. AI is helping generate smart contracts and produces innovative solutions to technical problems, andAI-driven adjudication mechanismsalready existsuch as for routine legal questions involving employment status.

 All this adds up to a profound change in the way the legal profession operates, and the way we govern ourselves by law. Even if AI ends up predicting case outcomes with super-human reliability and thus can be left to adjudicate at least many routine forms of legal disputes, will humans listen to robot judges? Do they have the authoritythat we need in a legal system (whether perceived or real) in order for it to serve its function? If AI ends up taking over the routine legal work that used to be done by droves of junior associates, will law firms remain profitable without major changes to their business model? How will AI change the legal profession and other professional services like accounting and consulting? How will it change the court system and the way we adjudicate disputes and resolve conflicts? 

 The aim of the Second AnnualWorkshop on the Regulation of Artificial Intelligence is to explore questions like these. The workshop will adopt an interdisciplinary focus, encouraging innovative theoretical and technical approaches as well as concrete and practical legal and regulatory solutions.

The workshop will feature speakers invited to present papers on topics like the following: 

      AI and the legal profession (automation of legal work)

      AI as adjudicator (legal authority, legal reasoning and AI)

      AI and legal prediction

      AI and accounting, insurance, consulting and other professional services

      AI and patents

      AI and government & public discourse

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Chair: Prof. Ryan Abbott, Professor of Law and Health Sciences, School of Law

Deputy Chair: Dr. Alex Sarch, Reader in Legal Philosophy, School of Law


21 (Thursday) 10:00 am - 22 (Friday) 5:00 pm


University Of Surrey--School of Law Moot Room (41 AB 05)

388 Stag Hill, Guildford, GU2 7XH

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