Liability of Robots – 20 May 2019

  • By Tech Week
  • May. 07, 2019

On 20 May 2019 EMEA Conferences has invited three top speakers to address hot topics on the liability of robots from different perspectives: competition, IT, commercial etc in a new event – “Liability of Robots”.

The event is in English and takes place at Hilton Garden Inn Bucharest Old Town from 3pm to 7pm. A wine tasting of various Alira wines will start at 7pm.

By participating to the event, you will learn (among others):

  • If the robots should have legal personality
  • How is to be assessed the liability for a loss generated by robots
  • Which are the restrictions on data mining
  • Which are obligations on algorithms disclosure?
  • If the robots can collude and which are the consequences

The event is destined to legal managers/directors, lawyers, compliance officers, regulatory officers, public policy officers, commercial managers, IT managers and any person interested in digital/RPA matters.

The speakers are top specialists in their field:

Andrea Bertolini is an assistant professor of private law at the Dirpolis Institute of the Scuola Superiore Sant’Anna in Pisa (SSSA) and adjunct professor in private law at the University of Pisa Department of Economics and Business. His research heavily rests on a comparative and law and economics approach. Since 2015, he is the coordinator of a project aimed at developing new liability models for advanced bionic limbs and exoskeletons (‘RELIABLE’), financed by the Italian Ministry of Research, and of a Jean Monnet Module entitled ‘Europe Regulates Robotics’, offering a wide range of graduate and Ph.D courses in law and robotics. Dr Bertolini holds undergraduate degrees in law from SSSA and the University of Pisa, a Ph.D in private law from SSSA, as well as a Master of Laws (LL.M.) from Yale Law School. Dr. Bertolini is an attorney licensed to practice in Italy and New York.

Miguel Sousa Ferro is a Professor at the University of Lisbon Law School and at the European University in Lisbon, where he lectures in the fields of Competition Law, EU Law, Economic Law and Introduction to Economics. He is a practicing lawyer with extensive experience in competition litigation. He is co-Director of the Portuguese Competition & Regulation Journal. He has over 80 papers published in legal journals and 5 monographs, including the recently published “The EU Antitrust Damages Directive: Transposition in the Member States” (Oxford University Press), and the soon to be published “Market Definition in EU Competition Law” (Edward Elgar).

Julien Debussche is a senior associate in the Bird & Bird Brussels office specialising in Technology, Media & Telecommunications, Privacy & Data Protection and Intellectual Property. He regularly undertakes both advisory work and litigation practices in a wide range of legal areas including privacy and data protection, copyright, e-commerce, e-marketing and IT contracts. Julien assists clients with information and technology related-matters such as cloud computing, big data, the Internet of Things, 3D printing, cookies, electronic signatures, intermediary liability and online gaming. Moreover, Julien managed the legal aspects of the CoCo cloud EU-funded research and innovation project on cloud computing until end-2016 and currently manages the entire legal compliance of the 6M€ Toreador EU-funded research and innovation project on big data. He recently co-authored the book “Vers un droit européen de la protection des données?” published by Larcier, where he focused on companies’ compliance obligations.

Moderator of the event is Bogdan Manolea Executive Director of the Association for Technology and Internet and Co-founder – Romanian E-Commerce Trustmark.

The event enables the Romanian audience to interact with foreign and local experts in the data protection field, sharing up-to-date analysis and solutions, both theoretical and practical. The event has generous time for direct interactions, where the audience could make the most of the speakers’ knowledge.

The limited number of seats structure of the event allows for free discussions, open questions and friendly debates.

More information on about past and future events that bring expert knowledge closer to the audience.

The event is created in partnership with the Embassy of Canada in Romania and as side event of Bucharest Technology Week.

Agenda: Liability of Robots – 20 May 2019

15:00 – 15:30 – Registration and welcome coffee

15:30 – 16:15 – Should the robots be granted legal status like corporations? Must the algorithms and data flows be available to usersJulien Debussche, Technology, Media & Telecommunications, Privacy & Data Protection and Intellectual Property Senior Associate, Bird & Bird Brussels

16:15 – 17:00 – Liability in the field of robotics, in particular as concerns non-military drones and self-driven cars – Andrea Bertolini, Law Professor Scuola Superiore Sant’Anna in Pisa

17:00 – 17:30 – Coffee break

17:30 – 18:15 – To what extent protection mechanisms such as copyright, database rights and trade secrets apply to (big) dataJulien Debussche, Technology, Media & Telecommunications, Privacy & Data Protection and Intellectual Property Senior Associate, Bird & Bird Brussels

18:15 – 19:00 – Cartels: do robots collude? – Miguel Sousa Ferro, Universidade de Lisboa, Law School, Faculty Member and Lawyer

19:00 – Alira Wine tasting

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