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Prof. Stéphanie Laulhé Shaelou invited speaker at high-profile events and recipient of a fellowship at the prestigious European University Institute in Florence on the regulation of Artificial Intelligence in Europe

Prof. Stéphanie Laulhé Shaelou, Professor of European Law and Reform and Head of the School of Law of the University of Central Lancashire in Cyprus (UCLan Cyprus), Sherpa Project Consortium Partner, has received a fellowship at the Law Department of the prestigious European University Institute (EUI) for a research project entitled ‘‘Digital Life’ in times of crisis: the tale of the Rule of Law in the European digital public legal order’, to be conducted at the EUI over the Summer 2021.

This follows a series of high-profile events in the field where Prof. Laulhé Shaelou was invited to participate in 2020-21. These include the presentation in November 2020 of the Horizon 2020 Sherpa project looking at smart information systems and human rights, selected among 100 projects worldwide at the 2020 edition of the global Paris Peace Forum with a focus on COVID-19. On this occasion Prof. Laulhé Shaelou was also invited to participate to the Plenary Panel ‘The values of Artificial Intelligence technology: Bringing ethics to the table’, with high-profile speakers including the President of the Republic of Slovenia, H.E. Borut Pahor, the Assistant Director-General for Social and Human Sciences at the UNESCO, Ms. Gabriela Ramos, and other Professors, respectively Prof. Stuart Russell, Professor of Computer Science, University of California, Berkeley, and Prof. Bertrand Braunschweig, Director at the Paris Centre of Expertise, National Institute for Research in Digital Science and Technology (INRIA) in Paris, and member of the Global Partnership on Artificial Intelligence (GPAI) initiative.

On 30 March 2021, Prof. Laulhé Shaelou was also invited to speak at the Round Table discussion on ‘Liability for fundamental rights violations arising from AI systems’ with Paul Nemitz, Principal Adviser to the Directorate-General for Justice and Consumers, at the European Commission and Ms. Elena Dodonova (Chair), Administrator and Secretary of the Media and Internet Division – Information Society Department (MSI-DIG) of the Council of Europe. The Round Table was held in the framework of a three-day long online seminar on Human Rights and AI Systems organised by the Academy of European Law (ERA) in Trier.

On 28 April 2021, Prof. Laulhé Shaelou participated to the book launch of Sherpa Project Leader Prof. Bernd Stahl entitled Artificial Intelligence for a better future (2021, Springer), together with inter alia Prof. Katrin Amunts, Scientific Research Director of the European flagship, the Human Brain Project; Prof. Mark Coeckelbergh, Professor of Philosophy of Media and Technology, University of Vienna; and Prof. Doris Schroeder, Director of the Centre for Professional Ethics, UCLan.

Prof. Laulhé Shaelou is legal expert and co-author on the Horizon 2020 project on the shaping of the ethical and legal dimension of SIS (https://www.project-sherpa.eu/). While regulatory frameworks are currently being shaped to face immediate needs, a longer-term reflection on the more fundamental principles and mechanisms underpinning modern society in the technological age is required, in order to assess to what extent existing principles and mechanisms are adequate to sustain ‘Digital Life’ in the EU, particularly in a crisis context. Her research interests evolve around the Rule of Law framework and its resistance to crisis situation, transposed to digital rights, with a view to designing sustainable standards of governance and of value/principle/rule setting in the digital world in the EU. Visit her academic profile at https://www.uclancyprus.ac.cy/academic/dr-laulhe-shaelou-stephanie/