4 talks x 15 min: Technology and Law Projects:
A Data Commons for Law
By Jorge Gabriel Jiménez, Fellow of the Legal Design Lab at Stanford University.
Despite the tremendous technological advancement in other sectors, the legal world lags behind. This lag is attributable in part to legal culture and professional regulations, but also because of the lack of open access to data. How might we harness available data from legal aid organizations, courts, legal technology companies, and others to enable research and development that promotes access to justice? We propose to build a “Legal Data Commons” to achieve that goal.
EU Medical Devices Regulation – Technology vs Doctor
By Helen Yu, Assistant Professor and Associate Director of the Center for Advanced Studies in Biomedical Innovation Law (CeBIL) at the University of Copenhagen, Faculty of Law.
While healthcare providers are looking to digital health technologies to reduce costs and improve patient outcomes, there is evidence that these very same technologies are increasingly being used by the public to make personal medical decision in a manner that creates more burden on the healthcare system. For example, pharmaceuticals, which are highly regulated, are potentially being used by the public based on information derived from digital health technologies, which are not as well regulated, without consulting a medical professional. To ensure the safety and efficacy of health technologies, a combination of real-life data and coherent legal principles can be used to inform responsible regulatory and policy decisions.
Legal Uncertainty in Personalised Medicine
By Katharina Ó Cathaoir, assistant professor in health law at the Faculty of Law, University of Copenhagen .
In 2016, the Danish government launched an ambitious plan for increased use of genetic data (as well as big data) in healthcare to improve the lives of patients. This presentation introduces the legal framework governing genetic data and highlights several uncertainties, such as healthcare workers’ responsibilities to return incidental findings and discretion to communicate critical findings to genetic relatives. Drawing on relational autonomy, it reflects on whether an innovative approach is required that recognises the interconnected nature of the modern patient. This research forms part of a five-year interdisciplinary project based at the Department of Public Health, MeinWe (meinwe.ku.dk).
The Legal Challenges Arising from the Launch of Autonomous Ships
By Ditte Wiesener Rust, PhD Fellow at the Faculty of Law, University of Copenhagen
The introduction of autonomous ships is expected to revolutionize the shipping industry and to facilitate significant improvements for safety at sea and environmental impact. However, in order for the industry to initiate the use of autonomous ships, a comprehensive review of the existing maritime legal framework is necessary as the present maritime conventions are all based on the assumption that every vessel has a crew. Thus, the required update of the legal framework might turn out to be a bottleneck for the launch of autonomous ships. The talk will focus on the challenges arising from a private law perspective.