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Future of Law Conference:
"The Internet of Things, Smart Contracts and Intelligent Machine”

 

Over the course of two days in October 2017, SMU School of Law hosted the inaugural Future of Law Conference: "The Internet of Things, Smart Contracts and Intelligent Machine”. The conference was co-organised by Osborne Clarke and our Centre for Cross-Border Commercial Law in Asia. The Future of Law Conference brought together the leading thinkers in academia and practice in the field of information technology law to discuss the legal and regulatory implications of recent technological developments. The 2-day conference focused on a diverse range of cutting-edge issues, including the Internet of Things (IoT), blockchain technologies, machine learning, AI, privacy, autonomous and connected transport, predictive policing, online dispute resolution, etc. In his keynote speech, Professor Ian Kerr identified three key challenges: autonomy, emergency and social valence. He further warned that there is a commonly held misconception re AI: people have the tendency to anthropomorphise AI. The Closing Keynote was delivered by Professor Roger Brownsword of King’s College London. Professor Roger Brownsword gave an illuminating lecture on machine learning and regulatory challenges, opportunities and “red lines”. Professor Brownsword said that we neither want over-regulation nor under-regulation for machine learning. He further distinguished between human existence and human development, the latter of which, he said, would be greatly impacted by machine learning. Both Professors Kerr and Brownsword are among our many external collaborators in this proposed research programme.

Conference on Digital Trade in the Asia-Pacific

 

This conference, jointly organised by Melbourne Law School and Singapore Management University School of Law on 6 December 2017 in Singapore is aimed at engaging in a deep, transparent, and multi-stakeholder dialogue on issues relevant to digital trade and collectively seek solutions for these complex policy issues.
Indeed, the phenomenal growth of digital trade in the Asia-Pacific region has opened up a world of new opportunities as well as difficult policy challenges. Restrictions on digital trade make it tougher for technology companies, as well as SMEs, to access new markets and develop economically efficient business models, and also reduce consumer choice. Further, the interconnected nature of the internet raises concerns about digital trade and the protection of personal data, online consumer protection, commercial and government surveillance, cybersecurity and prevention of cybercrimes. All of these issues are multi-faceted and complex, and necessitate engagement and cooperation among various stakeholders including governments, international organisation, companies, civil society and the academic community.

Seminar by Dov Greenbaum on
“Legal and Ethical Considerations with the Advancement
of AI and Machine Learning”

 

On 23 January 2018, Assistant Professor Dov Greenbaum (Director of the Zvi Meitar Institute for Legal Implications of Emerging Technologies) delivered a brilliant seminar entitled “Legal and Ethical Considerations with the Advancement of AI and Machine Learning. What Can We Learn on the 200th Anniversary of Frankenstein?". During his lecture, Assistant Professor Greenbaum masterfully explained how the varied and diverse interactions between technology and society raise new and exciting legal questions and ethical concerns. Significant yet challenging issues were explored, including the need to rethink foundational concepts of law (such as mens rea and personhood), as well as the future of lawyers within the legal profession. The lecture was followed by an insightful commentary by Mr Chia Ling Koh (Managing Director, OC Queen Street) who put forward three propositions on how we should think about AI and Machine Learning. This seminar was moderated by Ms Candice Kwok (Partner, Marks & Clerk Singapore LLP) who facilitated a stimulating discussion during the Q&A. Interesting questions were raised, such as the transparency of AI, relevance of business ethics to AI and Machine Learning, whether decisions to kill should be regulated and how we should respond to biases based on big data predictive analytics.

Academic Partner of Singapore Academy
of Law’s Future of Law Programme

 

On 23 January 2018, Assistant Professor Dov Greenbaum (Director of the Zvi Meitar Institute for Legal Implications of Emerging Technologies) delivered a brilliant seminar entitled “Legal and Ethical Considerations with the Advancement of AI and Machine Learning. What Can We Learn on the 200th Anniversary of Frankenstein?". During his lecture, Assistant Professor Greenbaum masterfully explained how the varied and diverse interactions between technology and society raise new and exciting legal questions and ethical concerns. Significant yet challenging issues were explored, including the need to rethink foundational concepts of law (such as mens rea and personhood), as well as the future of lawyers within the legal profession. The lecture was followed by an insightful commentary by Mr Chia Ling Koh (Managing Director, OC Queen Street) who put forward three propositions on how we should think about AI and Machine Learning. This seminar was moderated by Ms Candice Kwok (Partner, Marks & Clerk Singapore LLP) who facilitated a stimulating discussion during the Q&A. Interesting questions were raised, such as the transparency of AI, relevance of business ethics to AI and Machine Learning, whether decisions to kill should be regulated and how we should respond to biases based on big data predictive analytics.

Visit to Lazada Group

 

Our LLM students visited the headquarters of Lazada Group, Southeast Asia's largest e-commerce platform. We were hosted by Ms Gladys Chun (General Counsel, Lazada) and Mr Christopher Chan (General Counsel, Redmart). Mr Clarence Tan (Junior Legal Counsel, Lazada) brought us on a tour around the office, and members of Lazada’s legal and compliance team shared their experiences in cross-border transactions and provided advice on becoming an in-house counsel.

Last updated on 21 Sep 2018 .