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Artificial Intelligence and the Law

October 17, 2023

12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

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Berkman Klein Multipurpose Room (Room 515)

1557 Massachusetts Avenue
Cambridge, MA 02138

Please join us on October 17th for a series of lightning talks to celebrate the kickoff of The Initiative on Artificial Intelligence and the Law (IAIL) at Harvard Law School, based at the Berkman Klein Center for Internet and Society.

Speakers will include Professors Oren Bar-Gill, Cass R. Sunstein, Chris Bavitz, Noah Feldman, Larry Lessig, Martha Minow, and Jonathan Zittrain.

While AI can make adjudication, enforcement, and legal practice generally more efficient, it has caused concern for broad societal issues such as misinformation, bias, and civil rights. The IAIL was created to grapple with these shifts in our already polarized society.

Join us for a series of brisk lightning talks about the AI-driven decisions of today: who is surveilled and who surveils, who faces discrimination or benefits from protection, and what challenges we should be prepared to face as interactions with AIs within the legal system become more normalized. We welcome and hope to connect experts from across sectors, be they education, healthcare, tech, banking, or law to generate fresh insights on what justice, governance, or enforcement for AI may look like in the future.

Lunch will be served following the talks. Guests will be asked to present a Harvard ID.

There is no pre-registration, so please arrive in a timely manner if you wish to secure seating.


Oren Bar-Gill
William J. Friedman and Alicia Townsend Friedman Professor of Law and Economics & Director of the IAIL. Professor Bar-Gill’s scholarship focuses on the law and economics of contracts and contracting.

Cass Sunstein
Cass Sunstein is currently the Robert Walmsley University Professor at Harvard. He is the founder and director of the Program on Behavioral Economics and Public Policy at Harvard Law School and Co-Director of The Initiative on Artificial Intelligence and the Law

Chris Bavitz
WilmerHale Clinical Professor of Law, Vice Dean for Experiential and Clinical Education, Managing Director, Cyberlaw Clinic at the Berkman Klein Center for Internet and Society. Professor Bavitz concentrates his practice activities on intellectual property and media law (particularly in the areas of music, entertainment, and technology).

Noah Feldman
Felix Frankfurter Professor of Law, Director, Julis-Rabinowitz Program on Jewish and Israeli Law. Professor Feldman specializes in constitutional studies, with particular emphasis on power and ethics, design of innovative governance solutions, law and religion, and the history of legal ideas.

Larry Lessig
Roy L. Furman Professor of Law and Leadership. Professor Lessig focuses on “institutional corruption”—relationships which, while legal, weaken public trust in an institution—especially as that affects democracy.

Martha Minow
300th Anniversary University Professor and Former Dean, Harvard Law School. Professor Minow is an expert in human rights and advocacy for members of racial and religious minorities and for women, children, and persons with disabilities.he also writes and teaches about digital communications, democracy, privatization, military justice, and ethnic and religious conflict.

Jonathan Zittrain
George Bemis Professor of International Law, Vice Dean for Library and Information Resources, Faculty Director, Berkman Klein Center for Internet and Society. Professor Zittrain’s research interests include the ethics and governance of artificial intelligence; battles for control of digital property; the regulation of cryptography; new privacy frameworks for loyalty to users of online services; the roles of intermediaries within Internet architecture; and the useful and unobtrusive deployment of technology in education.

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