AI & The Law - Can The Law Keep Up With The Rapid Expansion Of AI Capabilities & Deployments?

The world is having an AI moment. With the attention attracted by AI models like ChatGPT and GPT-4, interest in AI is growing exponentially in both the public and commercial sectors. As the scale of AI deployment expands, there are increasingly urgent legal questions around legal status, rights and obligations of AI developers, service providers and users, and even of AI agents themselves. Can an AI have legal personality or be the inventor of a patent? What restrictions should there be on deployment of advanced AI? The participants in this webinar are legal experts on AI, and will discuss questions like these about the scope, approach, history and future of legal issues for AI.


Maury Shenk's experience focuses at the intersection of technology, law and education. He is co-founder and CEO of edtech start-up LearnerShape, director and general counsel of global testing and certification company PeopleCert, and founder and managing director of Lily Innovation, through which he handles a portfolio of other investment and advisory activities. Maury is a dual-qualified US/UK lawyer and former managing partner of the London office of global law firm Steptoe & Johnson, where he remains an advisor. He has a deep practical understanding of technology, especially artificial intelligence, edtech, IT, telecommunications and information security. Maury is a graduate of Harvard College and Stanford Law School. He is a lover of languages – a native speaker of English (the American version), proficient in French and Russian, comfortable in Mandarin Chinese and Spanish, and dilettante in German, Greek, Italian and Norwegian and Greek. He is also a guitar player and an avid competitive and recreational sailor.

Nicholas Padfield KC is based in London with a substantial international practice in a number of Commonwealth and other foreign jurisdictions, in which he has been called to the Bar, and has appeared as an advocate in appellate cases or acted in an advisory capacity. He has been a barrister for 50 years, for more than 30 years of which he has been a Leading Counsel, QC and now KC.

He is an MA(Hons.) in Classics at Oxford University, and an LLM (Hons.) in International Law at Cambridge University, having turned down an offer of an Associate Professorship in Ancient Greek from Yale University.

He has been a Master of the Bench of the Inner Temple since 1993, a Recorder of the Crown Court since 1995, and a Deputy High Court Judge since 2008, sitting in the Administrative Court, a specialist division of the Queen’s Bench Division which focuses on the judicial review of administrative power, until he reached retirement age in 2021.

He was Treasury Counsel acting for the Government of the day in civil judicial review cases from 1972-1977, and was Standing Counsel for Cambridge University from 1987-1991. He is also a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators and was Chairman of the London Branch of the CIArb. He is a Lloyd’s arbitrator for claims in excess of £200,000, and was a founder member of the LCIA (The London Court of International Arbitration).

He specialises in international law, both public and private, where he has generally been involved in cases which raise commercial, constitutional, administrate and human rights issues. His practice is wide-ranging, from the star-studded to the more mundane, which has included government leaders, politicians, rock stars, princesses and billionaires, racehorse owners, members of the Jockey Club and the Institution of Chemical Engineers.


Robert (“Bob”) McDowall spent his career in banking and finance in the City of London, working for a number of institutions including Merrill Lynch, Pru-Bache and Singer and Friedlander, and retains a number of consultancies and directorships in the finance and technology sectors.

He has authored, co-authored and presented a number of research papers on finance and technology.

Robert is a former President of the Folklore Society, an Academic Charity. He has delivered a number of papers, lectures and blogs on many facets of folklore from literature and food and drink to finance, money, urban myths and legends. He currently serves on the Finance Committee of the Royal Anthropological Institute and is a Fellow of the Royal Anthropological Institute and chairs its fund raising committee.

He lives in the Channel Islands. He is a former member of the States of Alderney (2013-2016) where he chaired the Policy and Finance Committee and the Finance sub-committee. He currently chairs Conservatives Abroad in the Channel Islands and sits on the Board of Conservatives Abroad.

Robert is a Livery Man and former Member of the Court of the Livery Company, The Tin Plate alias Wireworkers Company, a Member of the Gresham Society. He has a degree in law (LL.B) from University College London and is a Fellow of the Royal Anthropological Institute (“FRAI”).

Monday, 03 April 2023

15:00 - 15:45 BST


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