Lawyers in the Digital Era: Will Artificial Intelligence Replace the Legal Profession?
The 6th International Summer School on Cyber Law has come to a close in Moscow. The event was organized by the HSE International Laboratory for Information Technology and Intellectual Property Law. The school is conducted in English. Young researchers from Austria, Belarus, Germany, Great Britain, India, Mongolia, Spain, Poland, Russia, and Ukraine presented their papers at this annual event.
Participants visited the offices of PwC Legal, IBM, and Yandex, where they discussed topical issues relating to big data and the Internet of Things; legal aspects of artificial intelligence, blockchain and smart contracts; as well as online data distribution regulation. The discussion clubs took on a number of themes, including a complex analysis of IT law in India; cybercrime; the legal regulation of online content; applying EU data protection regulations; copyright for works created by AI; the legal status of online mediators; and the commercialization of technology at education institutions in developing countries. Participants concluded that there is a clear need to reach an appropriate level of personal data protection, to develop legal regulations over the use of smart devices, to elaborate a mechanism to protect civil rights and freedoms in cyber wars, and to continue developing copyright law, which is chronically lagging behind the needs of copyright holders who are fighting piracy.
The issue of robotics and artificial intelligence was one of the most pressing subjects raised. Is a robot a valuable assistant or a complete replacement for a lawyer? Participants agreed that AI is not yet able to drive lawyers out of the market completely. But in the not-too-distant future, lawyers will have to develop a new system of relations and become accustomed to new activities such as creating smart contracts (automated self-executing contracts), written as program code, which will increase the demand for lawyers who are IT literate. The legal profession is undergoing an active transformation at the moment, because breakthrough technology such as big data, cloud services, smart contracts, the Internet of Things and other innovations already confront new challenges for lawyers, and meeting these challenges often urge them to reinvent traditional concepts.
Experts, participants and moderators gathered to share their predictions about the future of the humanity after the pandemic. What paradigm will replace anthropocentrism? What will happen to globalization, consumer civilization, and megalopolises? How will the virus impact policy and democracy and what will post-COVID ethics and anthropology look like?
In early July, the fifth summer school organized by French association D’Est together with the HSE Vysokovsky Graduate School of Urbanism, with the support of the French Embassy in Russia and the Paris Mayor’s Office, was held in Paris. For 11 days, students of the HSE Master’s programme in Urban Development and Spatial Planning and members of Moscow’s Municipal Council learned about French urban development, local administration and the country’s participatory democracy.
This summer, university students from all over Russia took part in the Digital Transformation of the Charity Sector Summer School in Moscow. Students from HSE University and other universities presented digital solutions to make non-profit organizations more efficient and even save lives.
Participants of Russian-Chinese Summer School on International Affairs Tackle Trade, International Institutions, and More
On Thursday, July 11, students and faculty of the International Russian-Chinese Summer School on International Affairs bid farewell with a festive awards ceremony and closing lecture by Professor Sergey Karaganov, Academic Supervisor and Dean of the Faculty of World Economy and International Affairs.
After a fruitful week of presentations, feedback, and critical reevaluation, the 2019 session of the Russian Summer School on Institutional Analysis (RSSIA) came to a close. Admission to this year's session was highly competitive: out of 100 applications, only 24 were accepted. Participants came from a wide range of countries, including China, Germany, India, Iran, and others, to take their research to the next level in an intimate setting.
If you are planning on applying to one of HSE’s summer schools, it’s time to act now. Read on to learn about events hosted by HSE schools that are still accepting applications from students and teachers.
Exploring Political and Cultural Space of St Petersburg through the Summer School 'Topography of Imperial Power'
On a grey autumn day, it is always nice to warm up by reliving memories of summer adventures. This year, the balmy weather did not leave our city till mid-October, and a summer mood also lingered at HSE University – St Petersburg with the IV International Summer School 'The Topography of Imperial Power: Political and Cultural Space of Saint Petersburg' which ran from September 11 till October 2, 2018.
In August 2018, the Faculty of Law at HSE Nizhny Novgorod hosted the annual summer school ‘Russian – Chinese Business: Cultural and Legal Aspects’. This year, the delegation from China was twice as big as last year, and the number of volunteers increased significantly, which clearly shows that summer schools with partner universities gain momentum!
The second Summer School on Deep Learning and Bayesian Methods (DeepBayes 2018) was held in Moscow from August 27 to September 1, 2018. The summer school was organized by HSE Centre of Deep Learning and Bayesian Methods and Samsung AI Center in Moscow. The lectures were taught by researchers from two centers-organizers, Skoltech, and Lomonosov Moscow State University.
The Russian Summer School, Masterchain, was held at the Higher School of Economics. It provided students with experience in working with this platform beyond the sphere of banking. The students collaborated on innovative projects for solving real business problems in the field of FinTech.