ILPC Seminar Series: How to Regulate High-Risk AI: The EU AI Act

This event launches the ILPC Seminar Series on AI and the Humanities: Transforming Society.

These seminars will explore the societal impacts of AI-based technologies and systems and the role of the humanities and social sciences in providing key insights and enabling an open dialogue on these important and complex issues with the public.

This international and multi-disciplinary series brings together experts from across academia and focuses on topics of public interest addressing the theme of what it means to be human in a world being redefined by cutting-edge developments in AI and digital policymaking.

In this seminar, following a brief introduction, Professor Edwards will present and discuss her recent work on the EU AI Act in her role as Legal Expert Advisor to the Ada Lovelace Institute. The Ada Lovelace Institute (Ada) was established by the Nuffield Foundation in 2018 and is an independent research and deliberative body with a mission to ensure data and AI work for people and society.

Dr Petra Molnar will be the discussant for this seminar. She will respond to the key points raised in Lilian’s presentation and also speak specifically on the implications of the EU AI Act for migration and fundamental rights within the EU. We will then open up the online floor for a Q&A from the audience.


20 May 2022, 1pm – 2pm


Online via Zoom

Lead Speaker:

Professor Lilian Edwards

Professor of Law, Innovation and Society
Newcastle University


Dr. Petra Molnar

Centre for Refugee Studies, York University


Dr Nóra Ni Loideain

Director & Senior Lecturer in Law
Information Law & Policy Centre, IALS

Professor Lilian Edwards was appointed Chair in Law, Innovation and Society at Newcastle University in 2018 and is Expert Legal Advisor to the Ada Lovelace Institute.

Professor Edwards is a leading academic in the field of internet law. She has taught information technology law, e-commerce law, privacy law and internet law at undergraduate and postgraduate level since 1996 and been involved with law and artificial intelligence (AI) since 1985.

Her research involves broad consideration of the regulation of new technologies, in particular the Internet and the Internet of Things (IoT). She specialises in privacy and data protection, especially as applied to AI and algorithms, algorithmic transparency and justice, and the regulation of digital platforms. Her work also includes AHRC sponsored work on COVID-19 data-driven technologies and Leverhulme Trust-funded work on digital assets and post-mortem privacy.

She worked at the University of Edinburgh Faculty of Law from 1989 to 2006, where she created one of the EU’s first programmes in Internet Law and was a co-founder of the SCRIPT Centre for research into IP and technology law. She has subsequently held Chairs of Internet Law at successively the universities of Southampton, Sheffield and Strathclyde.

Professor Edwards continues to head up digital law work at Newcastle University and leads on regulation of data for the Data NUCore. She is a Turing Fellow and a partner of the Horizon Digital Hub at Nottingham.

This event is free but advance booking is required. Please note that registration for this seminar will close 24 hours in advance. Details about how to join the virtual event will be circulated via email to registered attendees closer to the event date.



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