April 28 and 29, 2022. University of Barcelona
Keynote & invited speakers
|Proyecto PID2020-115774RB-I00: PERSONALIZACION DE LOS SERVICIOS PUBLICOS, SESGOS E INTELIGENCIA ARTIFICIAL: HACIA LA CONSOLIDACION DE LOS DERECHOS DIGITALES EN LAS ADMINISTRACIONES PUBLICAS, financiado por|
|Proyecto RTC-2017-6740-7 financiado por MCIN/AEI/ 10.13039/501100011033 y por FEDER Una manera de hacer Europa|
|Proyecto 2019PIDPID-107667GB-I00: Worlds and Truth Values: Challenges to Formal Semantics (MUNVAL) financiado por|
When: From Thursday, April 28 until Friday, April 29, 2022.
Venue: Faculty of Philosophy, University of Barcelona: Montalegre, 6. 08001, Barcelona.
While the benefit of using software tools in the public (e.g, customization of public services and good governance) and private sector is clear, several scenarios arising from the interaction between law and software raise a variety of interesting considerations and, at times, potentially troubling issues related to the failure or misuse of legal software.
For example, misinterpretations of the law and inadequate translations into computer code can cause the software to function correctly with respect to its specifications, but disastrously with respect to the rule passed by the legislature or the executive branch. This can open the door to biased automated decisions, whether due to cognitive biases of the programmers, the data used or statistical biases, resulting in mismanagement and discrimination on various grounds.
Another example is the use of behavioral insights in the digital domain, which has become extremely relevant during the COVID-19 pandemic. In this area, the possible use by the public and private sector of the so-called dark patterns, on which the European Parliament has recently proposed to include a ban in the future Digital Services Act, and the so-called hyper nudging, raise legal issues regarding a possible manipulation that violates the freedom of thought, as indicated by the Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe in a recent statement of 2019.
Moreover, it is a statistical truth that programs will occasionally contain a non-negligible error rate per thousand lines of code, even when they follow strict protocols such as those in aeronautical software development. Although no computer program operates with zero risk of failure, its output can result in legally binding decisions, posing a potential legal threat to the rights of individuals.
Possible solutions to these problems raise, in turn, questions about the linguistic nature of legal texts and about the extent to which they can be adequately translated into mathematical or formal language. This may have implications for the role that computer science could play in the drafting of certain legal texts.
These challenges pertain to both the legal and software engineering communities, and contributions from, among others, formal logic can help design a framework for reasoning accurately about algorithms and rules at the same time. In this sense, the digital literacy of jurists and public and private managers and the legal literacy of software programmers are goals that Algorithmic Law and Software Design aims to work towards.
The main questions of the conference include but are not limited to:
We aim to address these challenges from the combined perspective of academia, industry and public administration.
|Time||April 28||Time||April 29|
|9:45||Opening Session by Begoña Román Maestre / Pompeu Casanovas||9:30||Julius Lyk-Jensen / Christine Holmgreen Mejling / Mette Eigaard Rasmussen|
|10:00||Joost J. Joosten||10:15||Moritz Müller|
|10:15||Mireia González Bedmar||11:00||Denis Merigoux|
|11:00||Coffee break||11:45||Coffee break [Change to Room 222]|
|11:30||Yannick Forster||12:15||Liane Huttner|
|12:15||David Fernández Duque||13:00||Mid-day break|
|13:00||Mid-day break||15:00||Susana de la Sierra|
|15:00||Marlies van Eck||15:45||Keynote: Bart Verheij|
|15:45||Fernando Nubla Durango / Monica Palmirani / Willy van Puymbroeck||16:30||Break|
|16:30||Break||16:45||Closing: Juli Ponce Solé / Agustí Cerrillo Martínez|
|16:45||Keynote: Grant Olney Passmore|
|Program Committee||Organizing Committee|
|Joost J. Joosten||Joost J. Joosten (Co-Chair)|
|Julio Ponce Solé||Julio Ponce Solé (Co-Chair)|
|Petia Guintchev (Secretary)|
|Gabriel Andrés Molero|
|Eric Sancho Adamson|
|Isabel Serra Domènech|
|Aleix Solé Sánchez|
Via email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Faculty of Philosophy, University of Barcelona: Montalegre, 6. 08001, Barcelona.
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