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ILPC Annual Lecture and Conference 2020

AI and the Rule of Law: Regulation and Ethics 

Thursday 19th November 2020, 11am – 5pm
Friday 20th November 2020, 11:00am – 5.30pm  

Institute of Advanced Legal Studies, Online Conference (Zoom)


The ILPC is delighted to announce that Lord Clement Jones CBE will deliver this year’s ILPC Annual Lecture. Lord Clement-Jones is Chair of the House of Lords Select Committee on Artificial Intelligence and Co-Chairman of the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Artificial Intelligence.

We are also pleased to confirm several keynote speakers for the conference, including:

Ellis Parry (Information Commissioner’s Office)
Joanna Bryson (Hertie School, Berlin; University of Bath)
Silkie Carlo (Big Brother Watch)
Julian Huppert (University of Cambridge; Home Office Biometrics and Forensics Ethics Group)
Graham Smith (Bird and Bird)
Lorna Woods (University of Essex)
Hamed Haddadi (Imperial College London; Brave Software)

Attendance is free of charge thanks to the support of IALS and our sponsors, although registration is required as places are limited. 

More information and bookings here.

Book Launch
Transparency: New Trajectories in Law
by Dr Rachel Adams
Thursday 3 December 2020, 5pm – 6.30pm
Institute of Advanced Legal Studies, Online Event (Zoom)


This is, ostensibly, the information age. At the heart of the societal shift toward digitalisation is the call for transparency and the liberalisation of information and data. Yet, with the recent rise of concerns such as ‘fake news’, post-truth and misinformation, where the policy responses to all these phenomena has been a petition for even greater transparency, it becomes imperative to critically reflect on what this dominant idea means, whom it serves, and what the effects are of its power. In response, this book provides the first sustained critique of the concept of transparency in law and policy. It offers a concise overview of transparency in law and policy around the world, and critiques how this concept works discursively to delimit other forms of governance, other ways of knowing and other realities. It draws on the work of Michel Foucault on discourse, archaeology and genealogy, together with later Foucaultian scholars, including Gayatri Chakravorty Spivak and Judith Butler, as a theoretical framework for challenging and thinking anew the history and understanding of what has become one of the most popular buzzwords of 21st century law and governance

At the intersection of law and governance, this book will be of considerable interest to those working in these fields; but also to those engaged in other interdisciplinary areas, including society and technology, the digital humanities, technology laws and policy, global law and policy, as well as the surveillance society.


Dr Rachel Adams, Senior Research Specialist, Human Sciences Research Council, SA and ILPC Associate Research Fellow 


Dr Nora Ni Loideain, Director and Lecturer in Law, Information Law & Policy Centre  


Dr Fola Adeleke, Senior Lecturer, University of Witwatersrand
Dr Richard Danbury, Senior Lecturer, City University 
Prof Adam Gearey, Book Editor, Birbeck

More info and bookings here