Leonard Van Rompaey

PositionPhD fellow, Law Faculty of Copenhagen

Léonard is finishing his PhD thesis ‘Discretionary Robots—Conceptual Legal Challenges for the Regulation of Machine Behaviour’ where he explores the difficulty of legally qualifying artificial intelligence systems as objects, and the concurrent impropriety of treating them as persons. This problem of conceptual ambivalence of the robot is observed to be the root of many other topical legal issues in product liability, intellectual propriety, international humanitarian law, etc.

He is a member of the IEEE global initiative on ethics of autonomous and intelligent systems (pending), has been a visiting researcher at the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, and works in collaboration with law firms and tech consultancies in Denmark on the subject of AI policy, regulation, and liability. Leonard has presented his work at renowned international conferences such as ROBO-Philosophy 2018, the European University Institute’s Opportunities and Challenges in Regulating Robotics and Artificial Intelligence 2018, and TILTing Perspectives 2019.

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