I am happy to pass along information about the Algorithmic Law and Society Symposium scheduled for 1-3 December 2021 and held at HEC Paris--HEC Amphi Bellon S101, 1 Rue de la Libération78350 Jouy-en-Josas, France
The purpose of this symposium is to foster reflection among the academic and professional communities on the emergence of algorithmic law and its effects in contemporary societies.
Why this symposium ?
Our daily lives are currently impacted by ubiquitous decisions made by algorithms, as mathematical formulas and computer code establish instructions that shape the outcomes of markets, state, and society. Because orders embedded in computer programs command how reality ought to be, algorithms are normative and constitute algorithmic law. In this context, the idea of SMART – acronym for Scientific, Mathematical, Algorithmic, Risk, and Technology driven – Law becomes a perspective for analysis of new regulatory techniques already applied for taxation, fin tech, and banking, among other fields.
Importantly, critical analysis of select algorithms reveals that they may also be opaque, discriminatory, fraudulent, and unfair. Artificial intelligence and machine learning brings another layer of complexity to this brave new world of algorithmic law, especially because of demands for more transparency, the right for an explanation, and for algorithmic auditing.
Likewise, courts are already experimenting with digital justice, by moving from Alternative Dispute Resolution to Online Dispute Resolution. Algorithms are already trained to substitute repetitive work from lawyers and robots may identify similar claims, repetitive appeals, and analogous cases for purposes of unifying these files and providing a single coherent decision applicable for all of them. Exploring the borderlands of law, technology, and society, this symposium provides opportunity for interdisciplinary conversations on theoretical and practical issues, possibilities and contemporary challenges related to algorithmic law in our contemporary societies.
For those who can make it, the online pre-program is available via Zoom:ç
ALGORITHMIC LAW AND SOCIETY SYMPOSIUM
WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 1, 2021; 3.30.pm – 5.00pm
Chair: Pedro Rubim Borges Fortes, UFRJ
Paper: “Regulation and Human Rights in ASEAN’s Smart Cities Network: Promise and the Perils”, Alice de Jonge (Monash University)
Paper: “Toward A Practical Legal Rule Revision in Legal Debugging” – Ken Satoh
(National Institute of Informatics, Japan) and Wachara Fungwacharakorn (National Institute of Informatics, Japan)
Paper: “The Femtech Paradox: How Workplace Monitoring Threatens Women’s Equity” – Elizabeth Brown (Bentley University)
Discussants: Janine Hiller (Virginia Tech) and Winston Maxwell (Telecom Paris)
The conference is accessible via Zoom. The link for the meeting room is: https://hec-fr.zoom.us/j/
The Program follows below.