Journal of Law, Cognitive Science 
and Artificial Intelligence


CALL FOR PAPER "AI Regulation"

Dear colleagues

The i-lex Journal of Law, Cognitive Science and Artificial Intelligence invites scholars from all areas of law, computing and philosophy to contribute to the second issue of the journal’s 14th volume, which will be published online in the second semester of 2021. The issue is devoted to the proposal for a European Regulation on Artificial Intelligence (AI Act) published by the European Commission on 21 April 2021.

By improving prediction, optimising operations and resource allocation, and personalising service delivery, Artificial Intelligence (AI) can bring important benefits to every aspect of our economy and society. The potential of AI is particularly evident in areas such as climate change, environment and health, the public sector, finance, mobility, and agriculture. However, AI technologies can also bring new risks or negative effects for individuals and society. In light of the speed of technological change and possible challenges, the EU has been striving for a balanced approach in recent years. Following the publication of the European AI Strategy in 2018 and after extensive stakeholder consultation, the High-Level Expert Group on AI developed guidelines for trustworthy AI in 2019. In parallel, the first coordinated plan on AI was published in December 2018 as a joint effort with Member States. Finally, the Commission's White Paper on AI, published in 2020, defined a clear vision for AI in Europe: an ecosystem of excellence and trust, setting the scene for the proposed Artificial Intelligence Act.

The new proposal introduces new rules for achieving trustworthy AI. The proposal provides a legal definition of AI, a methodology for defining high-risk AI systems and details a regulatory framework in order to provide a regulatory environment for AI systems that is compatible with human rights and European values. The proposal has already attracted great interest in Europe and around the world. If this proposal is accepted by the EU Parliament and Council, with appropriate amendments, the same harmonised rules will govern the deployment of AI applications across the EU (and probably, as happened with the GDPR, could stand as a new global standard). The European Commission's proposal has been welcomed with a generally positive response, but it still raises several important questions: will it help prevent misuse and abuse, without hampering beneficial applications? Will it help prevent risks, protect individual rights, and achieve social goals, without limiting the competitiveness of European research and industry?

This i-Lex issue intends to provide an overview of the technical, legal, and philosophical research questions related to the aforementioned proposal.



We encourage legal analysis of the various provisions and new regulatory concepts included in the proposal, empirical studies on the potential effects of the regulation, investigation of policies in law legal and technology, as well as the relationship between law, philosophy, and technology in the context of the Commission's legislative initiative.

Articles can be written both in English and in Italian. We are looking for research articles, research reports, and book reviews. Articles should preferably be of a length between 8 and 30 pages. All submissions will be subject to a blind peer review process.

Deadline for submission: 1 December, 2021.

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