2018 Surrey Law School Workshop on the Regulation of Artificial Intelligence

2018 Surrey Law School  Workshop on the Regulation of Artificial Intelligence

March 14–15, 2018
Surrey School of Law Centre for Law and Philosophy &
Surrey Business School Centre for the Digital Economy
Guildford, Surrey, GU2 7XH
United Kingdom

Basic Information

  • Conference Website:  http://bit.ly/2zmOIPw
  • Abstract Deadline:  November 30, 2017
  • Author Notification:  December 15, 2017
  • Registration Deadline:  February 15, 2018


The aim of the Surrey Workshop on the Regulation of AI is to explore both the challenges posed by the emergence of AI as an economic, political and social force, as well as the ways the law might beneficially regulate its emergence. The workshop will adopt an interdisciplinary focus, encouraging innovative theoretical and technical approaches as well as practical legal and regulatory solutions.

Regulating artificial intelligence is vital to public policy. Self-driving cars will soon be tested on Britain’s roads, but significant unresolved challenges exist regarding liability and accountability. Similarly, prominent reports about AI suggest they may lead to widespread technological unemployment in the UK. The European Parliament recently rejected a proposed robot tax to address this concern, while a similar tax was adopted by South Korea. Internationally, scholars are actively addressing these issues from a technological and humanities perspective. The Surrey Workshop for the Regulation of AI seeks to make contributions to these burgeoning debates.

Topics of Interest

The workshop will focus on five main areas, with a range of speakers invited to present papers falling within one or several of the following topics:

  • AI and private law (self-driving cars, health law)
  • AI and criminal law (cybercrime, vicarious liability)
  • AI and privacy (cyber-security, regulation of private data)
  • AI and employment/tax
  • AI and finance (AI investment strategies, financial malfeasance)
  • AI and government & public discourse


  • Chair: Prof. Ryan Abbott, Professor of Law and Health Sciences, School of Law
  • Deputy Chair: Dr. Alex Sarch, Reader in Legal Philosophy, School of Law
  • Sponsor: Surrey Centre for Law and Philosophy, School of Law
  • Co-Sponsor: Surrey Centre for Digial Economy (CoDE), Surrey Business School


Two days, 3-4 papers per day. Each paper to be assigned a commentator. Each paper to be presented for 30-45 minutes, followed by 15-20 minutes of comments, followed by 30-45 minutes of Q&A and discussion. Lunch served each day, dinner provided on the evening of day 1.

Submission Guidelines

If you are interested in participating in this workshop, please submit an abstract of no more than 300 words. All submitted abstracts will be reviewed by the workshop organizers. You should submit your work by email to a.sarch@surrey.ac.uk and r.abbott@surrey.ac.uk.