Law, Trust and Emerging Technologies

Catherine Easton

This themed panel aims to explore the interaction between law and emerging technologies such as, but not restricted to, autonomous cars, 3D printing and artificial intelligence-based systems. It aims to probe wider themes within the regulatory environment linked to the ethical development of new technologies and the need to ensure that the position of end users is fundamental in the development of a legal framework. Within Europe the UK, with its July 2015 Code of Practice for Testing, is at the forefront of creating an environment conducive to the development of driverless cars. A number of centres have been set up in liaison with a number of universities and the UK Government to aid in the further commercialisation of 3D printing. Furthermore, we are now at a point at which autonomous robotics can be employed in the front-line delivery of healthcare. Attention will be paid to the extent to which law plays a proactive role in the shaping of the regulatory environment or merely responds as boundaries in innovation are pushed. Furthermore, the interaction between technological innovators and policymakers will be addressed to bring insights into the extent to which the law develops in an informed manner that supports innovation while protecting end user rights. While the overarching aim of this themed panel will be to analyse cross-cutting regulatory themes, relevant legal issues include: intellectual property, consumer protection, insurance law, and ethics.

This themed panel is a sub-theme of the Information Technology Law and Cyberspace stream, but is convened by Catherine Easton.

Abstracts may only be submitted via the Easy Chair Platform. They must be no longer than 300 words and should include your title, name and institutional affiliation and your email address for correspondence.

The deadline for submissions is Monday 18th January 2016.