Digital Law Forum: COVID Challenges & Beyond

February 24 and March 3

The Digital Law Forum puts a spotlight on how AI affects decision-making in public institutions.

It brings together law, technology, and governance reform experts for an interdisciplinary look at legal liability, regulation and the reform of public institutions in a digital age.

If you are curious about the current challenges and opportunities that AI and other digital technologies pose for decision-making in the judicial and executive branches of government, this forum is for you. Together, we will examine who might be responsible for risks and harms introduced by AI, what opportunities digital technologies present for public benefit, and what role academics and practitioners might play in advancing justice in a digital age.

The Digital Law Forum runs February 24 and March 3 and is co-hosted by the University of Alberta Faculty of Law, AI4Society and the Digital Law & Innovation Society

THERE IS ONE ZOOM LINK to the first three events on the Agenda
https://www.ualberta.ca/law/digitallawforum

REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED at Eventbrite for the last event, March 3 at 5 PM


Speakers

Pia Andrews

Pia Andrews

Pia Andrews is an open government and data ninja who works to transform public services through greater transparency, democratic engagement, citizen-centric design, open data, emerging technologies and real, pragmatic actual innovation. She was recognised in 2018 and 2019 as one of the global top 20 most Influential in Digital Government and was one of the Top 100 Most Influential Women in Australia for 2014.

Currently, she is the Digital Lead and Special Advisor for the Benefits Delivery Modernization program at Service Canada in Ottawa. Previously, she was the executive director for data, insights and transformation for the Australian state of New South Wales; she led the Service Innovation Lab in New Zealand; and was the director for data infrastructure and government engagement in the Australian government department of the Prime Minister and cabinet.

Pia will discuss how to practically prioritize human rights and social context as AI grows, with an emphasis on working across technological, legal and social professions to get "digital decision making" right for humans in administrative law contexts and beyond.


Jason Fung

Jason Fung

Lawyer Jason Fung advises on technologies, such as cloud computing, remotely piloted aircraft systems, and electronic transactions, as well as on issues relating to intellectual property, media, and internet law. He is the chair of both the Intellectual Property Law and Technology Law practice groups of Alberta Justice and Solicitor General, and also works on large-scale commercial agreements and procurement projects, including public-private partnerships. He recently volunteered as an election monitor in Ukraine and has also volunteered with Lawyers Without Borders, the ABA International Legal Resource Center and the Center for International Environmental Law.


Blair Neufeld

Blair Neufeld

Blair Neufeld is the Innovation Lead in the Digital Innovation Office within the Executive Council Organization of the government of Alberta. Reporting to the Chief Officer, he leads a portfolio of projects, fundamentally rethinking how they can deliver simpler services more efficiently and effectively. Previously, he spent 14 years as the director of digital services for British Columbia’s Ministry of Justice.

Jason and Blair will speak to how digital technology is affecting the policies, operations and regulatory functions of public bodies in Alberta. They will bring together the perspectives of an innovator and a lawyer to discuss the types of issues that are alive in their work with the government of Alberta, and their perspectives on the future. They will consider both the processes of innovation currently being used in systems reform in Alberta and beyond, as well as what it means to practice as a lawyer amidst those changes.


Argyri Panezi

Argyri Panezi

Argyri Panezi is an expert in law and technology and intellectual property. She specializes in Internet law and policy, intellectual property law, data protection, intellectual goods management, automation, machine learning and AI. She is a professor at IE Law School in Madrid, where she teaches contracts, with an emphasis on smart contracts, as well as a master’s course on copyright law in the digital era.

She holds a Ph.D. from the European University Institute, an LLM. from Harvard Law School and an LLB. from the University of Athens. She is a research fellow at Stanford University and has held research and teaching positions at the European University Institute, at Berkeley School of Law and at the New York University School of Law. Prior to her doctoral studies she practised competition law in a private law firm in Brussels.

Professor Panezi will discuss the roles our laws play in situations involving AI. How do we apply liability rules in cases in which hardware, software, and data all come from different sources, and in which humans are involved all at the same time or in sequence? Most essentially, how do laws help us deal with the risks and prevent harms, and also hold the right individuals responsible for AI-caused or AI-facilitated harms when they occur?


Professor Péter Szigeti

Professor Péter Szigeti

Dr. Péter Szigeti received his SJD from Harvard Law School in 2015, and started teaching at the Faculty of Law of the University of Alberta in September 2018. He has held postdoctoral positions at New York University, McGill University and the European University Institute/ He holds an LLM from Harvard Law School (2008), a Master 2 recherche from Université Paris I (2006), and a bachelor’s degree in Hungarian law from ELTE University, Budapest (2005). Professor Szigeti teaches property law, immigration law and jurisprudence. His varied research interests include the role of geographical information in law; the interactions between property law and environmental protection; jurisdiction, sovereignty and territoriality in international law; comparative immigration law; and international legal history.

Prof. Szigeti will co-host the final Q&A session with Pia Andrews.

AGENDA

February 24
12:00 - 1:00 PM MT

Professor Argyri Panezi
Liability for AI: An Ecosystem Approach
February 24 12:00 - 1:00 pm MT
[questions approved by a moderator]

February 24
5:00 - 6:00 pm MT

Pia Andrews, Special Advisor - Digital, Employment & Social Development Canada, Government of Canada
Artificial Intelligence, Administrative Law & Governance
[questions approved by a moderator]

March 3
1:00 - 2:00 pm MT

Panel: Jason Fung, Counsel, Government of Alberta & Blair Neufeld, Innovation Lead, Digital Innovation Office, Government of Alberta
An Alberta Perspective: Digital Infrastructure & Legal Systems [questions approved by a moderator]

March 3
5:00 - 6:00 pm

Hosted by Pia Andrews and Professor Péter Szigeti (University of Alberta Faculty of Law)
Open discussion, requires registration
AI, Law & Governance Challenges in Focus: Regulating Critical Digital Infrastructure

REGISTER at Eventbrite for this March 3, 5 PM event, ONLY