Waseda Seminar Series on German and Japanese IP & Information Law

Date: January 13, 2021
Time: 18:15 – 19:45 JST / 10:15 – 11:45 (German time)
Topic: A new framework of liability regulations concerning decisions of AI systems?
Moderator: Tatsuhiro Ueno (Professor, Waseda University)
Speakers:  Herbert Zech (Professor, Dr, Humboldt-University; Director, WeizenbaumInstitute for the Networked Society -The German Internet Institute)
                   Masahiro Kurita (Professor, Nagoya University)
                   Kensuke Murata (Associate Professor, Nagoya University)
Language: English and Japanese (Simultaneous Interpretation)
Host: Waseda University, Research Center for the Legal System of Intellectual Property(RCLIP)
Co-host: Waseda University School of Law, DAAD, DWIH, DJJV, LMU, CIPLITEC,
Humboldt University Berlin, Weizenbaum Institute for the Networked Society – The German Internet Institute
Participation fee: Free
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Seminar Overview: Artificial intelligence  (AI) and other emerging digital technologies are gradually transforming our societies and economies. Their rollout should be accompanied with safeguards sufficient to minimize the risk of harm that these technologies may cause. Such safeguards cannot completely exclude the possibility of damage resulting from the operation of these technologies. If this happens, victims will seek compensation. They typically do so on the basis of liability regimes under private law, in particular tort law, possibly in combination with insurance.

During this seminar, Prof. Herbert Zech (Humboldt University Berlin; Director, Weizenbaum Institute for the Networked Society – The German Internet Institute) will provide an overview on the status of European and German liability regimes, and will discuss whether or not such regime is sufficiently equipped to protect users of systems or devices that are relying on AI. Prof. Zech’s remarks will draw on the expert report that he submitted to the 2020 Annual Meeting of the Association of German Jurists (Deutscher Juristentag). Prof. Kurita and Associate Prof. Murata (both from Nagoya University) will compare the European developments with the situation in Japan, and will discuss whether or not Japanese liability rules are sufficient to appropriately regulate liability of AI suppliers.

The three presentations will be supplemented by a moderated panel discussion, after which members of the audience will be able to ask questions and engage in discussion with the speakers.

Remaining Seminars in the Series:
February 3, 2021    6:15 – 7:45 pm JST / 10:15 – 11:45 am German time
Topic: European and German Regulations of a Data Economy