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AI Dependencies and Cultures of Convenience - AI in Warfare Case Study

Date: 29 April 2024

Time: 10.00 - 12.00 (UK time)

Venue: Online

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Event Details

 The British Institute of International and Comparative Law (BIICL) is collaborating with Professor Mark Findlay on a series of webinars on 'Law and Change'. Law and Change is a series designed to discuss how global crises are changing law and how law and legal services can assist in the orderly management of global change.

The world is rushing inexorably into a labyrinth of dependencies on AI technology and mass data use. Much motivation for these dependencies on AI/data can be sourced back to growing cultures of convenience serviced by phenomena such as generative AI and the Internet of things. Surprisingly, little attention is focused on the cost/benefit evaluation of these dependencies and the culture they complement outside the recent regulatory interest in risk abatement. One need not look far to find troubling examples of AI/data dependencies in emerging theatres of global military conflict. Battles are fought with drones and targets are determined through intricate webs of digital tracing.

This session will open up consideration of digital dependencies as a new cultural force, and consider the ramifications they pose for conventional governance modes. How ready is international humanitarian law to adapt to AI in the battlefield? How likely is it that many considerations of human rights, market responsibility and state oversight can adjust to the forces of dependencies and the pace of frontier innovation? What new approaches to regulating AI can be offered beyond ethics, responsibility, safety and the modes developed for a world before AI?

The webinar is organised by Prof. Eva Lein, UNIL and Director of the Centre of Comparative Law of BIICL, and Prof. Mark Findlay, Honorary Senior Fellow, BIICL and Honorary Professional Fellow, University of Edinburgh.

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Prof. Mark FindlayHonorary Senior Fellow, BIICL / Honorary Professional Fellow, University of Edinburgh


  • Prof. Michel Cannarsa, Catholic University of Lyon
  • Dr.Giulia Gentile, Essex Law School
  • Prof. Gregory Lewkowicz, University of Brussels
  •  Dr Mikolaj Firlej, University of Surrey

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This event offers the equivalent of 2 CPD hours.


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