Citizen Debate :

Artificial Intelligence & Law, Perspectives from Europe and Canada

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About the Event

8PM - 9:30PM (GMT+1)
Tuesday 16th March

Professors Mireille Hildebrandt (VUB, Brussels) and Catherine Régis (Université de Montréal – Mila, Canada) will present some of the major current questions around Law and Artificial Intelligence. They will present key notions and some of the answers that may be provided, from Europe to Canada. They will also share their views on the future of AI regulation. Their presentations will be followed by a discussion with the conference attendees.

Presentation by Mireille Hildebrandt:
AI seems to be running the show in healthcare, transport, smart homes and energy grids.

How to ensure that these systems are reliable, developed and deployed in a responsible way?

How to bring AI applications under the rule of law, and what fundamental rights assessments must be put in place?

Does the GDPR set the right tone and how can AI development be aligned with individual rights and freedoms, including rights to non-discrimination, privacy, due process and the presumption of innocence?

Mireille Hildebrandt will focus on the concepts of robust AI (in terms of reliability and resilience) and robust law (in terms of the rule of law), and discuss how robust AI could support the rule of law and vice versa.

Presentation by Catherine Régis:
The deployment of AI is often followed by promises to improve many aspects of our societies.

In parallel, it raises important concerns on the ability to control the development of these systems, potential misuses and the fact that social factors can be overlooked.

Because AI’s influence in on our daily lives is increasing, a proper governance is essential, at the local and international levels.

Catherine Régis will provide some insights on how can the development of artificial intelligence be framed? At the same time, how can ethical considerations be integrated and ensure that citizens remain informed? She will also give an overview of future developments in the legal regulation of AI, and explore the role of ethical guidelines and charters, through their formalization process and their potential for legal developments.


20:05 : KEYNOTE
20:30 : PANEL
21:15 : Q&A

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Prof. Mireille Hildebrandt


Mireille Hildebrandt is a Research Professor on “Interfacing Law and Technology” at Vrije Universiteit Brussels (VUB), appointed by the VUB Research Council.

She is the co-director of the research group on Law Science Technology and Society studies (LSTS) at the Faculty of Law and Criminology.

She also holds the part-time Chair of Smart Environments, Data Protection and the Rule of Law at the Science Faculty, at the Institute for Computing and Information Sciences (iCIS) at Radboud University Nijmegen.

Since 2019 she heads the research team that works on her ERC Advanced Grant project “Counting as a Human Being in the era of Computational Law”, and since 2020 she is founding editor in chief of the Journal of Cross-disciplinary Research in Computational Law.

Prof. Catherine Regis

Catherine Regis is a full professor at the University of Montreal Law Faculty, holder of a Canada Research Chair in health law and policy (, co-founder of the Health Hub – Policy, Organizations and Law ( and founding member of the JusticIA ( research group.

She is also a researcher at Mila, the Centre de recherche en droit public (CRDP), the University of Montreal Hospital Research Center (CRCHUM), the Observatory of the Social Impacts of AI and Digital Technology (OBVIA), and Special advisor and Associate vice-rector with planning and strategic communication at the University of Montreal.

Catherine also participated in the creation of the Montreal Declaration for a responsible development of artificial intelligence as a member of its scientific committee.


Prof. Gregory Lewkowicz

Gregory Lewkowicz is a professor at the Université libre de Bruxelles (ULB) and the global law program director of the Perelman Centre of the Faculty of Law.

He is Koyre Senior Research Fellow in Business Law & Artificial Intelligence at the Université of Nice Sophia Antipolis. He held the IDEX chair of excellence in Business Law & AI in 2018. He is recurring visiting professor at Science Po Paris Law School, Paris II Panthéon Assas and HEC-Paris.

He co-chairs the European Incubator of the Brussels Bar. In Paris, he is a member of the digital task force of the Club des juristes and of the Smart Law Hub. He is a founding member of the international French-speaking network of excellence on law, AI and the digital turn funded by the University of Montreal, the University of Geneva and the ULB.   


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