Autonomous Robotics: Ethical Challenges and Legal Repercussions

Event date:  16 April 2021

Who is legally and ethically responsible for the actions and inactions of robots in a workplace?

In April 2021 Monash Law’s state of the art Moot Courtroom played host to eminent international law, engineering and ethics experts who discussed the ethical challenges and legal repercussions of using robots in the workplace.

The workshop was a collaboration between Monash University’s Engineering and Law  faculties, supported by Monash Data Future Institute representation, and sponsored by the Australian Centre for Robotic Vision.

The workshop was streamed to over 200 global attendees and began with a fascinating ethical discussion about the introduction of robots into workplaces. This session featured four eminent international experts discussing the law and ethics of using robots in workplaces:

  • Professor Rob Sparrow, Philosophy, Monash University,
  • Professor Kimberlee Weatherall, Professor of Law, University of Sydney,
  • Associate Professor Laurel Riek, Computer Science and Engineering, UC San Diego
  • Dr Rachel Thomas, Director, USF Center for Applied Data Ethics & Founder,

The ethics discussion was followed by a reenactment of a litigation scenario; beginning with boardroom meetings, a mediation and culminating in a mock trial. The workshop was moderated by one of Australia’s pre-eminent medico-legal lawyers, Michael Regos.

View more details about the event on the Monash Faculty of Law website.