IALS Lunchtime Seminar: 'AI Theory of Justice'

IALS Lunchtime Seminar: 'AI Theory of Justice'
10 Feb 2020, 13:00 to 10 Feb 2020, 14:00
IALS Conference Room, Institute of Advanced Legal Studies, 17 Russell Square, London WC1B 5DR


Speaker: Jamie Grace, Sheffield Hallam University

John Rawls, in his 1971 book A Theory of Justice, set out the idea that from behind a 'veil of ignorance', in an 'original position', a human policy maker with no direct experience of the disparities and inequalities in power, wealth or privilege that come about through the adopted realities of class, race and geopolitics, would rationally contract with other policymakers, also in a similarly ignorant position, to ensure a system of fair and liberal rules to benefit all. 
But policymaking is increasingly being informed by 'big data' technologies of analytics, machine learning, and AI. John Rawls used particular principles of reasoning in his Theory of Justice which might help explore known problems of data bias, unfairness, accountability and privacy, in relation to applications of AI. 
So what would the 'AI Theory of Justice' look like, and what standards might it arrive at? This seminar will investigate how the current assortment of UK governmental policy and regulatory developments around AI in the public sector could be said to meet, or not meet, these Rawlsian principles, and what we might do better by incorporating them.


Dr Nora Ni Loideain, Director and Lecturer in Law, Information Law and Policy Centre, Institute of Advanced Legal Studies, University of London.

This seminar is free but advance booking is required.


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