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Digital Public Sphere WG: Sovereigns, Viruses, and the Law: The Normative Challenges of Pandemics in Today’s Information Societies

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  • Thu 14 Jan 2021 10.00 - 11.45
  Add to Calendar 2021-01-14 10:00 2021-01-14 11:45 Europe/Paris Digital Public Sphere WG: Sovereigns, Viruses, and the Law: The Normative Challenges of Pandemics in Today’s Information Societies

Speaker: Ugo Pagallo, Full Professor of Jurisprudence (University of Turin)

Discussants: Martina Francesca Ferracane, Max Weber Fellow (EUI) and Francisco de Abreu Duarte, Ph.D. Researcher (EUI)

 

Professor Ugo Pagallo will present his newly published article Sovereigns, Viruses, and the Law: The Normative Challenges of Pandemics in Today’s Information Societies, which appeared on Volume 37(1) of the journal ‘Law in Context’. 

Dr. Martina Francesca Ferracane and Francisco de Abreu Duarte will take part in the presentation as discussants. 

All attendees are strongly invited to join in the discussion that will follow.

 

Abstract  

The paper examines the legal and political impact of the Covid-19 crisis, drawing the attention to fundamental questions on authority and political legitimacy, coercion and obligation, power and cooperation. National states and sovereign governments have had and still will have a crucial role in re-establishing the public health sector and addressing the colossal challenges of economic reconstruction. Scholars have accordingly discussed the set of legal means displayed during this crisis, such as emergency decrees, lockdowns, quarantines, travel bans, and more. The aim of this paper is to stress the limits of such discussions on powers of national governments and sovereigns, in order to illustrate what lies beyond such powers. Focus should be on the ontological, epistemic and normative constraints that affect today’s rights and duties of national states. These constraints correspond to a class of problems that is complex, often transnational, and increasingly data-driven. In addition, we should not overlook the lessons learnt from such fields, as environmental law and internet governance, anti-terrorism and transnational business law, up to the regulation of Artificial Intelligence (AI). Such fields show that legal co-regulation and mechanisms of coordination and cooperation complement the traditional powers of national governments, even in the times of the mother of all pandemics. The Covid-19 crisis has been often interpreted as if this were the last chapter of an on-going history about the Leviathan and its bio-powers. It is not. The crisis regards the end of the first chapter on the history of today’s information societies.

 

Bio

Ugo Pagallo is Full Professor of Jurisprudence, Legal Theory, and Legal Informatics at the Department of Law, University of Turin (Italy). He is current member of the EU Commission Expert Group on liability and new technologies formation, and collaborates with the World Health Organization on its AI4H on-going project on health and AI technologies. Moreover, he has taken part in the IEEE Global Initiative for Ethical Considerations in AI and Autonomous Systems; the European Science Foundation of Strasbourg, France; and the Joint International Doctoral (PhD) degree in Law, Science and Technology, part of the EU’s Erasmus Mundus Joint Doctorates (EMJDs). 

His research interests encompass artificial intelligence (AI) & the law, network and legal theory, and information technology law (in particular, data protection and copyright law).

He has published twelve monographs and numerous articles in peer-reviewed journals, and edited manifold handbooks as well. His best known contributions include The Laws of Robots: Crimes, Contracts, and Torts (Springer 2013); Research Handbook on the Law of Artificial Intelligence (ed. with W. Barfield, Edward Elgar 2018); Advanced Introduction to Law and Artificial Intelligence (with W. Barfield, Edward Elgar 2020).

All interested fellows, PhD researchers, professors and visiting academics are invited to participate. 

To register for the event, please send an e-mail by Wednesday 13 January 2020, 12:00 CET to [email protected] 

The Zoom link will be circulated with registered participants prior to the event.

Pagallo's article can be freely accessed at this link: https://journals.latrobe.edu.au/index.php/law-in-context/article/view/117/186.

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Speaker: Ugo Pagallo, Full Professor of Jurisprudence (University of Turin)

Discussants: Martina Francesca Ferracane, Max Weber Fellow (EUI) and Francisco de Abreu Duarte, Ph.D. Researcher (EUI)

 

Professor Ugo Pagallo will present his newly published article Sovereigns, Viruses, and the Law: The Normative Challenges of Pandemics in Today’s Information Societies, which appeared on Volume 37(1) of the journal ‘Law in Context’. 

Dr. Martina Francesca Ferracane and Francisco de Abreu Duarte will take part in the presentation as discussants. 

All attendees are strongly invited to join in the discussion that will follow.

 

Abstract  

The paper examines the legal and political impact of the Covid-19 crisis, drawing the attention to fundamental questions on authority and political legitimacy, coercion and obligation, power and cooperation. National states and sovereign governments have had and still will have a crucial role in re-establishing the public health sector and addressing the colossal challenges of economic reconstruction. Scholars have accordingly discussed the set of legal means displayed during this crisis, such as emergency decrees, lockdowns, quarantines, travel bans, and more. The aim of this paper is to stress the limits of such discussions on powers of national governments and sovereigns, in order to illustrate what lies beyond such powers. Focus should be on the ontological, epistemic and normative constraints that affect today’s rights and duties of national states. These constraints correspond to a class of problems that is complex, often transnational, and increasingly data-driven. In addition, we should not overlook the lessons learnt from such fields, as environmental law and internet governance, anti-terrorism and transnational business law, up to the regulation of Artificial Intelligence (AI). Such fields show that legal co-regulation and mechanisms of coordination and cooperation complement the traditional powers of national governments, even in the times of the mother of all pandemics. The Covid-19 crisis has been often interpreted as if this were the last chapter of an on-going history about the Leviathan and its bio-powers. It is not. The crisis regards the end of the first chapter on the history of today’s information societies.

 

Bio

Ugo Pagallo is Full Professor of Jurisprudence, Legal Theory, and Legal Informatics at the Department of Law, University of Turin (Italy). He is current member of the EU Commission Expert Group on liability and new technologies formation, and collaborates with the World Health Organization on its AI4H on-going project on health and AI technologies. Moreover, he has taken part in the IEEE Global Initiative for Ethical Considerations in AI and Autonomous Systems; the European Science Foundation of Strasbourg, France; and the Joint International Doctoral (PhD) degree in Law, Science and Technology, part of the EU’s Erasmus Mundus Joint Doctorates (EMJDs). 

His research interests encompass artificial intelligence (AI) & the law, network and legal theory, and information technology law (in particular, data protection and copyright law).

He has published twelve monographs and numerous articles in peer-reviewed journals, and edited manifold handbooks as well. His best known contributions include The Laws of Robots: Crimes, Contracts, and Torts (Springer 2013); Research Handbook on the Law of Artificial Intelligence (ed. with W. Barfield, Edward Elgar 2018); Advanced Introduction to Law and Artificial Intelligence (with W. Barfield, Edward Elgar 2020).

All interested fellows, PhD researchers, professors and visiting academics are invited to participate. 

To register for the event, please send an e-mail by Wednesday 13 January 2020, 12:00 CET to [email protected] 

The Zoom link will be circulated with registered participants prior to the event.

Pagallo's article can be freely accessed at this link: https://journals.latrobe.edu.au/index.php/law-in-context/article/view/117/186.


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