CERRE will host an online event on Thursday 18 March to present and debate the findings and recommendations of its new report, “EU liability rules for the age of Artificial Intelligence”.
With Artificial Intelligence (AI) increasingly used in everyday life, and bringing many benefits but also presenting risks, the need emerges for AI liability regimes. EU institutions are developing proposals that adopt a risk-based approach to regulating AI, such as the European Commission’s White Paper on Artificial Intelligence and the European Parliament’s resolutions on AI covering civil liability. The CERRE report explores AI harm that falls within the ambit of liability rules and specifically focuses on non-contractual liability rules. The report aims to identify the gaps in existing liability rules for cases involving AI technologies and seeks to assess whether – and how – these rules should be reviewed.
Following a presentation of the CERRE report and its recommendations by the authors, and a pre-recorded conversation between Axel Voss MEP and CERRE Tech, Media, Telecom & Mobility Director Lara Natale, CERRE will bring together policy makers, industry and European consumer representatives, and academic experts to discuss questions raised by its report, such as the European Union’s capacity to deal with liability related to AI-based products and services, and an audience Q&A, moderated by Lara Natale.
The event was livestreamed on this page and the CERRE YouTube channel. Viewers had the chance to ask questions during the discussion via Sli.do using the code #AICERRE.
Watch our earlier webinar “How can Artificial Intelligence protect consumers?” (with Commissioner for Justice Didier Reynders) here.
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Alexandre Biard is a Senior Legal Officer at BEUC – the European Consumer Organisation working in the Consumer Rights and Enforcement/Redress teams. He is also a senior affiliated researcher and lecturer at the University of Rotterdam. Previously, he worked as a postdoc researcher, and as a qualified lawyer in Paris and Brussels.
Miriam Buiten is a CERRE Research Fellow and Assistant Professor of Law and Economics at the University of St.Gallen, Switzerland. She leads a research team on “Platform Governance”, funded by the University of St.Gallen Basic Research Fund. Her research focuses on the legal issues surrounding new technologies and artificial intelligence and the role of competition law in regulating the digital economy.
Previously, Miriam was a Junior Professor of Law and Economics at the University of Mannheim. She has been involved in several policy studies for the European Commission and the Dutch government on topics such as the role of online intermediaries in the ecommerce sector and mechanisms to reduce regulatory burdens.
Alexandre de Streel is the Academic Director of the digital research programme at CERRE and Professor of European law at the University of Namur where he chairs the Namur Digital Institute (NADI). Alexandre is also visiting professor at the College of Europe (Bruges) and SciencesPo Paris. Besides, he chairs the expert group on the online platform economy advising the European Commission and is a part-time judge at the Belgian Competition Authority.
His main areas of research are regulation and competition policy in the digital economy as well as the legal issues raised by the developments of artificial intelligence.
Previously, Alexandre held visiting positions at New York University Law School, European University Institute in Florence, Barcelona Graduate School of Economics and University of Louvain. He also worked for the Belgian Deputy Prime Minister, the Belgian Permanent Representation to the European Union and the European Commission.
Professor Martin Peitz is a former CERRE Research Fellow and Professor of Economics at the University of Mannheim. He is also a Director of the Mannheim Centre for Competition and Innovation.
His policy research focuses on digital markets, regulation, and competition economics.
Martin holds a PhD in Economics from the University of Bonn.
Daniel Schönberger is a Swiss technology lawyer with 19 years of experience in the IT and internet industries. He has been leading the Google Legal Department for Switzerland and Austria since 2008 and is responsible for the entire portfolio. He supports the Google Government Affairs and Public Policy teams on legal questions around artificial intelligence and counsels the company on the responsible development of AI. His core focus is on copyright and data protection law as well as on outsourcing and cloud projects.
Daniel Schönberger holds an LLM from the University of Edinburgh in Medical Law and Ethics and also conducts academic work around ethical and legal questions relating to emerging technologies. He is a member of the Advisory Board of the Marie Curie – European Joint Doctoral Programme in Law, Science, and Technology – RIoE (Rights of Internet of Everything), a member of the Executive Board of the Research Center for Information Law of the University of St.Gallen and a member of the Board of Trustees of the Academy of European Law.
Dirk Staudenmayer is the Head of Unit for Contract Law of the Directorate-General Justice and Consumers at the European Commission.
He has fulfilled various positions in the European Commission, including being an assistant to the Director-General and Head of Unit for Financial Services and redress at the DG Health and Consumers. He is also teaching as an Honorary Professor at the Law Faculty of the University of Münster (Germany) and is an author of numerous publications in particular in the areas of European contract, consumer and IT law.
After undertaking his law studies in Germany and France, Dirk Staudenmayer was awarded a PhD magna cum laude from the University of Bonn (Germany).
Axel Voss became a Member of the European Parliament in 2009, representing the electoral district of Middle Rhine, which includes the cities of Cologne, Bonn and Leverkusen and the districts Rhein-Sieg and Rhein-Erft.
Mr Voss is a member of the European People’s Party group. Since 2017, he is the political group’s speaker for the Committee on Legal Affairs as well as member of the Committee on Legal Affairs and substitute member of the Committee on Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs.
Besides European Law, Voss’s main area of expertise is the digitialisation of daily life. Mr Voss will be in charge of drafting the AIDA Committee’s final report on AI in the European Parliament; previously, he was the rapporteur of the report on a civil liability regime for artificial intelligence as well as on the Copyright Directive in the digital single market and also shadow rapporteur of the report on corporate due diligence and corporate accountability.
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