Law, Cognitive Technologies & Artificial Intelligence
New Study Programme for 21st Century Legal Experts
A study programme to enable legal experts to deal with the new challenges posed by the emergence of cognitive technologies, artificial intelligence and automation in legal practice.
The sixth edition of this programme is aimed at all legal and policy analysts, experts and observers who wish to prepare for and learn about the technological changes brought by those technologies. Even legal practitioners who are not specialists in new technologies – especially artificial intelligence – are increasingly having to deal with them, and so this certificate offers initial, practical training about this subject.
Launched in 2018, the Brussels School of Artificial Intelligence offers a comprehensive program aimed at assisting both practitioners and policymakers in developing a deeper grasp of critical technological concepts, including algorithms, GDPR, intellectual property, and cybersecurity. In collaboration with the University of Liege, our institution welcomes a diverse community of students from all corners of the globe.
Why have courses on artificial intelligence (AI) aimed at people who are not computer scientists or engineers?
AI is nothing new. It has been talked about for several decades now. However, in recent years we have seen major advances in this field, due to undeniable technical progress and ever more efficient data processing (big data).
AI has become part of our lives – sometimes without us even realising it. Search engines, social media, smartphones and music or video-on-demand platforms are already based on algorithms that are able to learn from their users.
AI is set to radically change our society. While previous industrial revolutions generally led to the automation of physical tasks, the current revolution focuses on automating all tasks, including those that are of a more intellectual nature.
While in geopolitical terms Europe is lagging behind the United States and China on AI, it does have a contribution to make. The latest proof is the European Union’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), which reminded everybody that they owned their own data. The European Commission has made digitalisation one of its priorities, publishing a White Paper addressing this topic.
Legal, political and ethical challenges
This automation of our lives poses a real challenge for the law, given that the rules currently in force may turn out to be unsuitable or insufficient to cope with this new reality.
This could have an impact on all aspects of the law, including liability law (civil/criminal, contractual/non-contractual), intellectual property, trade secrets, competition, consumer protection, privacy protection, insurance law and judicial law. Sooner or later, the changes brought about by AI will affect every single area.
The aim of this programme is to help legal advisers and public policymakers better understand these changes, anticipate them and guide them where appropriate.
Multidisciplinary training (both legal and technical)
To grasp AI’s impact on our society, it is worth learning about the technical aspects as well: understanding how an algorithm works, getting to grips with IT jargon, understanding what is meant by ‘deep learning’, ‘neural network’, and so on. This is also about teaching legal advisers about technology. Legal advisers and policymakers need to have a working understanding of technological concepts in order to provide better counsel to their clients, companies or public authorities.
With this in mind, the courses are run by both legal advisers and technical experts. The technical experts use concrete, understandable language to shed light on changes in our society and the huge potential of AI and cognitive technologies.
Special emphasis is placed on sectors where AI is growing the most at themoment: mobility, finance, healthcare and legal services.
Evolve with technology
Provide legal practitioners with an accessible exposure to cognitive technologies and AI.
Understand the cognitive legal world
Help legal practitioners understand how cognitive technologies and AI create adaptability challenges for the law in various fields, including liability, legal personhood, insurance, taxation, etc.
Basic and in-depth knowledge of the most important aspects of cognitive technologies, theoretical, practical and political. By the end of the programme, students will have a full understanding of the majors facets of the subject. The programme also focuses on different national strategies, according to the teachers’ nationalities.
Skills acquired during
What is AI? What are the applicable law?
How can I use AI to upgrade my organization
What is automated law enforcement?
How are States going to implement AI in public sectors?
This programme is aimed at all Belgian or foreign legal experts, regardless of their profession (e.g. lawyers, in house counsels, civil servants, judges, clerks), who – like us – anticipate that the rise of cognitive technology and artificial intelligence is likely to change their future occupation.
FOUNDATORS OF BSC
Member of Support Pool of Experts at the European Data Protection Board
“The Executive Master in Law & AI encompasses an interdisciplinary curriculum that explores the intersection of law, ethics, and AI. It combines both essential aspects of the legal and ethical AI spectrum and more sophisticated perspectives of the technical and economic developments in AI. The attendees can also consider themselves privileged to be able to attend such outstanding lectures from professors and experts of the highest caliber. Furthermore, the program provides incentives for self-motivated research, the ability to thoroughly examine the intricate AI legal framework from a critical vantage point, and flexibility in relation to attendance. AI enthusiasts or lawyers eager to expand further their knowledge and remain current in this field should definitely participate in this program.”
Law & AI 2022-2023 student
Deputy Chief Privacy Officer at Medtronic
“The Executive Master in AI and Law is an excellent programme that allows you to fast-track your understanding of AI, improve your advising skills in the area of AI and identify opportunities to incorporate AI-enabled solutions in your profession. The programme journey offers a broad curriculum that builds a bridge between the technical; legal & ethical aspects and different sectoral applications, creating learning opportunities for participants from different professional backgrounds. The combination of academic professors and experienced executives allows you to learn from the best in the field, in the class room setting or the comfort of your (home) office.”
Law & AI 2022-2023 student