CfP: 3rd International Conference on Artificial Intelligence (AI) and International Law by Delhi University: Submit by June 5

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Campus Law Centre in collaboration with Sri Guru Tegh Bahadur Khalsa College, University of Delhi is organizing an International Law Conference on “Artificial  Intelligence (AI) and  International  Law” from June 24 to 25, 2022 at Campus Law Centre, Faculty of Law, DU.

About the Conference

Advent  of Artificial  Intelligence  has  opened a multi-dimensional world transforming the functioning of various segments of national as well as international regimes. The interplay of AI with International Law, Finance, IPR, and Defence is fast moving with unfathomable impact on growth and development.

AI opens doors to numerous opportunities in several fields. There is little doubt that the marriage  of technology  and  finance  will  continue  to  drive  significant  changes  for both customers and financial institutions.

The idea of AI-assisted advancements in the defence sector has strengthened the military capabilities. However, the potential of AI to trigger and breach privacy by effortlessly being able to extract relevant information is of a far reaching concern.

Furthermore, in the energy sector, AI assists its human counterparts to effectively use renewable energy sources essential for sustainable development. It is imperative to point out that this comes with its own set of challenges and this is where law comes to our rescue.

Objectives of the Conference

  • To understand the interplay of Artificial Intelligence and International Law.
  • To accentuate the significance of Artificial Intelligence and International law, analyse their development and examine their possible interplay in the contemporary world.
  • To deliberate upon regulation of Artificial Intelligence to understand the challenges posed  by  Artificial  Intelligence  and  further  deliberate  upon  the  need  for  an International regulatory framework for the same.
  • To  evaluate  compatibility  in  Artificial  Intelligence  and  existing  International  law mechanisms.
  • To dissect the existing International law mechanisms, treaties, statues, principles to accommodate  Artificial  Intelligence  and  ascertaining  compatibility  in  Artificial Intelligence and International Law.
  • To  analyse  the  concept  of International Regulation of AI in the Global Financial Space as well as its importance in Governance and the Defense Sector.
  • To understand the contribution of AI in sustainable development.
  • To acknowledge the unethical use of data by private and public entities with the help of AI.
  • To understand AI as a new creator and competitor in the realm of intellectual property rights.

About the Call for Papers

Article 38 of the International Court of Justice statute mentions “ …teachings of the most highly qualified publicists of the various nations” as one of its subsidiary sources to settle international disputes.

This  Conference  will  contribute  meaningfully  to  the  existing  literature  on International law and consequently enrich the way forward for international regulations and law regarding Artificial Intelligence.

Eligibility

Campus Law Centre  is looking  forward  to proposals  in  the  form  of abstracts.  All  recognized  national, international and regional institutions are invited to submit their papers.

In addition, the following stakeholders are also invited :

  • Academicians from universities, institutes and colleges across the globe
  • Research  scholars,  faculties  and  students pursuing law, technology and/or finance from various universities
  • Legal practitioners
  • Defense personnel
  • Indian as well as foreign firms
  • Bureaucrats, diplomats, policymakers and journalists
  • Representatives  of Government organisations, civil societies, NGOs, co-operatives societies
  • Any other person/institution having relevant knowledge and interest regarding the topic

Note: Only the authors of the paper are eligible to participate in the conference.

Themes

The suggested themes under the topic of the conference are:

  1. International Regulation of AI in Global Financial Space

AI has opened new opportunities in the financial space to improve both business and societal outcomes. Financial service firms evaluate the potential applications of artificial intelligence to enhance the customer experience and improve operational efficiencies. However, the same has increased the threat to financial privacy as well as the integrity, explainability, fairness, and resilience of AI outputs in this sphere.

  • Role of AI in global finance
  • Challenges in ensuring reliability, accountability, transparency and fairness
  • AI and threat to financial privacy
  • BlockChain and Fintech
  • Potential social and economic risk of AI-enabled systems in finance
  • Road towards 4th Industrial Revolution
  • Data security and monetization
  • International institutions and treaties for the regulations of AI in finance
  • Use of AI in trade negotiations
  • AI and international competition and antitrust laws
  • AI and global terror funding

2. Introduction and Regulations of AI in Governance and Defense Sector 

AI and governance include justice, data quality,  and  autonomy. Implementation of data‐driven policy-making and algorithmic decision-making in the governance sphere are highly topical and debatable issues. World leaders foresee the application of AI technology in military systems and related software such as to improve logistics optimization and target recognition.

  • International regulatory framework for development and deployment of AI by states and other entities
  • Regulation of AI in governance
  • Use and accountability of AI in law enforcement
  • Governance of AI for international and Indian security
  • Humanitarian uses of AI – fairness, reliability, learning bias of AI
  • Application of AI in the justice delivery system
  • AI in crime management and prevention
  • AI and menace of populism and propaganda
  • AI and peace treaties
  • AI in cyber defense
  • AI and data sovereignty
  • AI and its strategic use in geopolitics
  • AI in information warfare/cyberspace
  • AI in warfare and global terrorism
  • Military innovations in AI
  • Military-Civil fusion in AI
  • Legal compliance and ethical aspect of AI-enabled autonomous weapons and armed robots
  • Application of AI and machine learning in intelligence gathering
  • AI deployment in asylum
  • AI and challenges to democracies from external forces

3. Privacy Regulation of AI

The intersection of privacy and data protection points to broader questions of reliability in AI systems. AI has the potential to create new data protection risks not envisaged by legislation which in return results in the surfacing of new ethical concerns including encroaches on fundamental rights. With the help of AI, all kinds of personal data can be used to analyse, predict and influence human behaviour.

  • AI and threat to privacy
  • Regulation of AI and its deployment for surveillance
  • Regulation of use of AI by private entities
  • Regulation of AI to prevent unethical use of its by states
  • Challenges to data protection
  • Privacy and ethical issues
  • Challenges To AI medical research under privacy law
  • Adequacy of safeguards under existing data protection laws
  • Changing notions of privacy in an AI-driven world order

4. Ecological Perspective of AI

AI is an essential tool to carry out space missions, though it is coupled with legal and ethical challenges.  AI  has  the potential  to  influence  global efforts toward sustainability. AI can detect, adapt and respond to climate and environmental change. Further, AI software and smart tools have the potential to create a maintenance schedule and predict potential outages and equipment failures. Thus, AI helps the energy-related sector to be more profitable and efficient.

  • Application of AI in biotechnology
  • Natural resource management and policy analysis
  • Role of AI in achieving sustainable development goals
  • AI in the energy sector
  • Effect of socio-cultural environment in shaping human-like-intelligence
  • Role of environmental law
  • Regulation of deployment of AI

5. Intellectual Property Rights and Artificial Intelligence 

AI can make prior art searches, management of IP Portfolios, and the entire life-cycle of an IP easier and faster and can remove the possibilities of error all by applying machine learning methods. Modern search can resolve the inherent ambiguities that plague traditional keyword searches.

The dilemma arises when AI, rather than acting as an assistant, does the work on its own. Though  AI working on its own may not be visible today,  in the future this would be inevitable.

  • The extent of ownership and liability offered through IP rights to the innovations and creations of AI
  • Copyrights to the works of AI
  • AI as an ‘Inventor’ under the Indian Patents Act, 1970
  • Patentability of AI invented machines
  • Trademark infringement with the use of AI in retail and business models
  • Position and extent of enforcement and infringement of AI in IPR
  • Emerging trend in law around the globe with respect to IP rights of AI
  • Issue of transparency and responsibility of AI systems when protected under trade secrets
  • Patent searching, trademark clearance etc. using AI
  • Patent filing, trademark filing, drafting agreements, and discovery performed by AI

Note:  Themes  are  indicative  in  nature  and  not  restrictive. Any entry beyond the suggested themes is welcome.

Submission Categories

Papers can be submitted under the following categories:

  1. Long Articles: Between 5000 and 8000 words. Papers in this category are expected to engage with the theme comprehensively and offer an innovative reassessment of the current understanding of that theme. It is advisable, though not necessary, to choose a theme that is of contemporary importance.  Purely  theoretical  pieces are also welcome. For a long article, co-authorship of up to two authors is permitted.
  2. Essays: Between 3000 and 5000 words. Essays are expected to be far more concise in scope. These papers are usually meant to deal with a very specific issue and argue that the issue must be conceptualized differently. They should be more engaging, and make a more easily identifiable, concrete argument.
  3. Case Notes and Legislative Comments: Between 1500 and 2500 words. These are analyses of any contemporary judicial pronouncement or a new piece of legislation whether in India or elsewhere. The note must identify and examine the line of cases through which the decision in the question came about, and comment on implications for the evolution of that branch of law. In the case of legislative comment, the note must analyze the objective of the legislation and the legal impact the same is expected to have.

Important Dates

  1. Abstract Submission:
    • Early submission: May 29, 2022 by 23:59 hours
    • Last date of submission: June 05, 2022, by 23:59 hours
  2. Result of Abstract Submission:
    • First batch of result: June 02, 2022, by 23:59 hours
    • Second batch of result: June 09, 2022, by 23:59 hours
  3. Full-Length Paper Submission: June 19, 2022, by 23:59 hours

Note: Preference will be given to participants who will submit the abstract before the early submission date.

Registration  Procedure

The participants can register from the link given at the end of this post.

Submission Procedure

  • Interested participants must  submit  an  abstract  of their  paper. The  abstract  should  not exceed  250  words,  and  must  be  accompanied  by  a cover page, stating  the  following:
    • Theme
    • Title of the paper
    • Name of Author(s)
    • Name of Institute/Organisation
    • Official Designation
    • E-mail Address
    • Postal Address  
    • Contact Number
  • Abstract should be submitted within the Google Form.
  • Abstracts shall be selected on a rolling basis and the authors shall be notified for the submission of the Full Paper.
  • All the pages of the Final Paper should have a margin of 1 inch on all sides;
  • Main Title of the Paper: Font – Times New Roman; Size – 18; Line Spacing – 1.5; Alignment – Centre; Uppercase; Bold face;
  • Body:  Font – Times New  Roman;  Size –  12;  Line  Spacing –  1.5;  Alignment – Justified; The citations must be typewritten in the font: Times New Roman, Font Size:
    • 10,  Line  Spacing:  1.0  and justified alignment.  Submissions  must  conform  to  a uniform method of citation.
  • Co-authorship of maximum two authors per paper is allowed.
  • The  author(s)   should   send   a   separate   Cover   Letter   with   their   final   papers incorporating  the following details, name(s), affiliated college, full postal address, e-mail id and contact number along with the title of the paper. The paper should not contain any biographical references of the author(s).
  • Authors are requested to stick to the word limit.
  • All papers must be an original work of the author(s).  Plagiarism  will  lead  to cancellation of the paper.

Fee Details

Once  participants  are  intimidated  about  the  selection  of their  abstract,  for  the acceptance of the submission, the Indian participant has to pay a fee of Rs 2,000 and a foreign participant has to pay a fee of 50 USD.

Publication

Selected papers would be published as Conference Proceedings by the host institute.

Accommodation

Participants   selected   for   the  presentation   of  their  paper   would  be  provided accommodation by the host institute.

Contact Information

For further details, please contact:

  • Write at cfp.ic.clc[at]gmail.com
  • Contact Pragati Dhawan at +91 70063 96308
  • Contact Ayush Sachan at +91 94584 02134

Click here to register for the conference by submitting your abstracts here.

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