Classes are given in English. They will be held at the Bip, the seat of the Brussels-Capital Region (Place Royale 2, 1000 Brussels), on Fridays from 9.30 a.m. to 12.30 p.m.
The prevailing health measures to combat COVID-19 will be followed. However, from the academic year 2020-2021 onwards, it will also be possible to follow courses remotely, through either live streaming or videos that can be watched later on.
Four blocks, 20 modules
The programme is divided into 20 modules, embracing the various legal and technical issues involved in AI.
The classes are split into four blocks:
- Block 1 is designed as an introduction to AI, encompassing the relevant technical, legal, regulatory and also ethical aspects and familiarising participants with IT jargon. It provides the foundation on which the rest of the programme is based.
- Block 2 focuses on law. The legal issues raised by the emergence of AI are systematically examined: issues of liability, data protection, competition and consumer protection, law enforcement, intellectual property and cybersecurity.
- Block 3 concentrates more on technical and practical aspects. How can you set up an AI project at your company? Which AI applications are currently used in the legal domain? Participants will be given an introduction to coding (with Python). This block also looks at issues that are not, strictly speaking, AI but are often associated with it (blockchain technologies and smart contracts).
- Block 4 moves on from a horizontal to a vertical perspective, examining a number of sectors that have the greatest development potential when it comes to AI (finance, mobility, health and legal services).
Goals of the programme
Our first objective is to help lawyers transition smoothly into a true 21st century legal profession. This is why this set of 20 courses has the following aims:
- Provide legal practitioners with an accessible exposure to cognitive technologies and AI;
- 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.;
- Assist legal practitioners understand the requisite set of skills, tools and assets needed to thrive in the cognitive legal world. The modules will also look at the shape of things to come for law firms, including the necessary organisational challenges that cognitive technologies will create, in terms of clients’ needs, human resources, technological capabilities, etc.;
- Help legal practitioners understand how cognitive technologies and AI are likely to affect how the law is litigated before – and enforced by – decision makers including courts and regulatory agencies. A number of AI applications have been introduced in courts around the world, for instance to assist with sentencing.
For this purpose, we carefully chose lecturers from different disciplines for each course. Doing this will allow the participants to benefits from at least two different perspectives on a same subject.