Panel on the EU’s Draft Regulation on Artificial Intelligence

Informations sur l'événement


4 June 2021


11:00 - 12:30


Zoom Webinar

Following the presentation on April 21, 2021 by the European Commission of its draft regulation establishing harmonized rules on artificial intelligence, the International Observatory on the Societal Impacts of AI and Digital (OBVIA), the Research Chair on Accountable Artificial Intelligence in a Global Context of the University of Ottawa, the Centre de recherche en droit public (CDRP) of the Université de Montréal and the L. R. Wilson Chair in Information Technology and E-Commerce Law of the Université de Montréal invite you to a panel to decipher this first legal framework initiative on AI.

The panel will be moderated by Pierre-Luc Déziel, professor at the Faculty of Law, Laval University, and co-director of OBVIA’s Law, Cyberjustice and Cybersecurity axis.


  • Céline Castets-Renard, professor at the Faculty of Law – Civil Law Section of the University of Ottawa, holder of the Research Chair on Globally Responsible Artificial Intelligence and co-director of OBVIA’s International Relations, Humanitarian Action and Human Rights axis
  • Vincent Gautrais, Director of the CRDP, professor at the Faculty of Law of the Université de Montréal, and holder of the L.R. Wilson Chair in Information Technology and E-Commerce Law
  • Yannick Meneceur, magistrate seconded to the Council of Europe, assigned as a consultant in digital transformation and artificial intelligence and associate researcher at the Institut des Hautes Études sur la Justice (IHEJ)


  • Deciphering the European Commission’s proposal for a regulation (Céline Castets-Renard) to indicate the main contributions of the new text, which constitutes the first legislation in the world on artificial intelligence technologies. The analysis of the strengths and weaknesses proposed will be discussed.
  • Privacy + cultural conception of AI (Vincent Gautrais). In this globalized world, the comparison with Europe is certainly determining, necessary and instructive. That said, it also appears that privacy issues, even with similar texts, are not interpreted, applied or conceived in the same way in Europe as in Canada. Whether in terms of legal substance or institutional response, the application and adaptation of these rules to the development of AI will have to take these cultural realities into account.
  • Situate the European Commission’s proposal on AI among other international regulation projects (Yannick Meneceur). How will the binding provisions prefigured by the proposed regulation relate to the work of other intergovernmental organizations, such as the United Nations, including UNESCO, the OECD and the Council of Europe? The issue of good coordination at the regional and international level will be discussed by situating the Commission’s proposal among other AI regulation initiatives.
  • Exchanges and discussions


Participants who have attended the entire activity and who request it will receive a certificate of attendance for 1.5 hours. Lawyers and notaries may declare this event as a continuing education activity if the proposed topic is related to the practice of the profession or their professional practice and meets the eligibility criteria specified in the Règlement sur la formation continue obligatoire des avocats or the Règlement sur la formation continue obligatoire des notaires.

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