ILPC Annual Conference 2023 – Human in the Machine: Digital Rights and AI

We are pleased to announce this call for papers for the Information Law and Policy Centre’s 8th Annual Conference on 23-24 November 2023 hosted by the Institute of Advanced Legal Studies (IALS) and supported by the School of Advanced Studies (SAS) and Bloomsbury’s Communications Law. You can read about our previous annual events here.

We are looking for high quality contributions that explore the impact of policymaking on human-data interaction, automated and self-learning systems, including generative AIthat are used across society,particularly the implications of such systems for the rights and responsibilities of individuals and organisations. Papers should address the development and future of these measures for regulation, policymaking, and governance within the UK, Europe, and/or internationally. The conference organisers welcome submissions from Early Career Researchers. This includes PhD candidates and post-doctoral researchers who have been awarded their PhD within the past five years. Interdisciplinary papers are also encouraged.


Topics of interest include:

  • AI technologies and innovation
  • Biometric identification and surveillance
  • End-to-end encryption and data security
  • UK Data Protection and Digital Information Bill
  • EU AI Act
  • Algorithmic bias and human oversight
  • AI and predictive policing

The ILPC Annual Conference will also include the ILPC Annual Lecture 2023 and the ILPC is delighted to announce that Robert Spano, former President of the European Court of Human Rights, will be delivering this year’s Annual Lecture. Mr Spano is a Partner in the London office of Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher. He is a Visiting Professor of Law at the University of Oxford and a tenured Professor of Law, University of Iceland. Mr Spano is an Honorary Bencher of the Middle Temple and has published extensively in the areas of international dispute resolution, public international law, digital rights, and human rights law. During his time at the Strasbourg Court, he took part in deciding some of the leading landmark cases examining digital rights, mass surveillance, national security, online content moderation and freedom of expression, such as Delfi v Estonia (2015), Big Brother Watch v United Kingdom (2021) and NIT S.R.L. v Republic of Moldova (2022).

Attendance (in person and online) will be free thanks to the support of our sponsors, although registration is required as places are limited. The best papers will feature in a special issue of Bloomsbury’s Communications Law journal, following a peer-review process. Those giving papers will be invited to submit full draft papers to the journal for consideration by the journal’s editorial team following the conference.

How to apply

Please send an abstract (250-300 words) and short bio to Eliza Boudier, IALS Fellowships and Administrative by 28 July 2023. Abstracts will be considered by the Centre’s academic staff, advisors, and the Communications Law editors. Let us know if you prefer to present in person at IALS (23 November) or online (24 November).

About the Information Law and Policy Centre

The Centre is based at IALS and was launched in 2015. Its mission is to undertake, promote, and facilitate, cross-disciplinary scholarship and research in the areas of information law and policy, domestically and internationally, in collaboration with a variety of organisations within the public and private sectors, and civil society.

About Communications Law

Communications Law is a well-respected quarterly journal published by Bloomsbury Professional covering the broad spectrum of legal issues within the telecoms, IT, and media industries. Dr Peter Coe (University of Birmingham) is the journal’s Editor-in-Chief.