06 Dec 2018, 17:30 to 06 Dec 2018, 19:00

Institute of Advanced Legal Studies, 17 Russell Square, London WC1B 5DR
Expert Panel Discussion

Recordings for this event are available here.

The ILPC is delighted to be hosting an expert panel discussion of leading academic experts and front-line professionals on the policy impact, implementation and overall progress to date of the House of Lords Report – ‘AI in the UK: ready, willing and able?’ which was published in April 2018.

As highlighted in the report: ‘The UK must seek to actively shape AI’s development and utilisation, or risk passively acquiescing to its many likely consequences. There is already a welcome and lively debate between the Government, industry and the research community about how best to achieve this. But for the time being, there is still a lack of clarity as to how AI can best be used to benefit individuals and society.’

This comprehensive and wide-ranging report put forward a number of policy recommendations key to addressing the individual and societal benefits made available by AI’s development and also the harms it could pose to the individual’s autonomy, privacy, liberty and due process rights if these developments are not implemented in a way that is legal, accountable and ethical.


Dr Stephen Cave, Philosopher, Diplomat and Writer; Executive Director of the Leverhulme Centre for the Future of Intelligence and Senior Research Associate, University of Cambridge.

Professor Jane Winters, Professor of Digital Humanities at the Institute of Historical Research, University of London and Fellow of the Royal Historical Society. Her research interests include communications, culture, digital resources, and digitisation.

Sheena Urwin, Head of Criminal Justice in Durham Constabulary. She has worked in policing for over 30 years and has recently conducted research into the use of a ‘Harm Assessment Risk Tool’.

This AI tool uses machine learning to assess the risk of reoffending.  The use of the tool has attracted attention from various different areas following the openness by Sheena and Durham Constabulary concerning the use of the tool, for which they have actively engaged in the debate.


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

Registration to the event is available here.