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MP Villani report on artificial intelligence

Georgie Courtois and Jean-Sébastien Mariez make their contribution to the establishment of the French regulatory AI agenda.

  Cédric Villani, MP and mathematician, presented yesterday his report on artificial intelligence (AI), that had been commissioned by the French government in September 2017. 420 auditions with various perspectives fed the 235-page report. Georgie Courtois and Jean-Sébastien Mariez, Partners at French law firm De Gaulle Fleurance & Associés, contributed on the arising legal issues connected to artificial intelligence and the regulatory agenda. As practitioners, they shared their view on the necessity to:
  • Encourage the development of a legal thinking based on a multi-disciplinary approach engineers / lawyers and leveraging the current state of law to bolster legal certainty ;
  • Promote new uses of data thanks to adapted flexible legal framework guaranteeing the balance of interests;
  • Encourage the adoption of good practices in terms of transparency and the loyalty of algorithmic processing in order to meet consumer expectations and competitive perspective;
  • Promote the emergence of a clear doctrine to the application of existing rules on AI liability and reserve regulatory experimentation for applications that are autonomous vehicles.
Georgie Courtois explains: "Artificial intelligence is about to change society. It is necessary to legally support this innovation and its ecosystem with a practical thinking of the problems faced by actors and users of AI. I am pleased to have been able to contribute to the Villani report in order to bring a pragmatic and innovation-oriented legal approach." Jean-Sébastien Mariez adds: "A predictable legal environment is key to foster innovation in the field of artificial innovation. As practitioners, our contribution to MP Villani report is an opportunity to demystify AI on a legal standpoint: we support the view that the current state of law offers predictable solutions for most of the AI available today on the market. For the rest, we encourage innovative legal thinking and regulatory experimentations. " These solicitations follow the contributions of Georgie Courtois and Jean-Sébastien Mariez to the public debate on the regulation and development paths of artificial intelligence. They facilitated the work of the "Legal Issues" sub-group (whose findings are available here) as part of the #FranceIA initiative of March 2017; and currently chair the work of the legal support group of the Hub FranceIA association. Download the Villani Report (PDF, 4,15 Mo)
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