Brussels – New Technologies and Artificial Intelligence Law

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ELSA Brussels is organising a Winter ELSA Law School at the Université libre de Bruxelles. The event will take place from 20 to 27 February 2022. The students will be hosted by ELSA Brussels and will participate in a varied academic and social programme.

The focus lies on deepening the legal knowledge of the participants. However, ELSA Brussels will also offer cultural and social activities, such as visits of the city of Brussels, visits to the European institutions, sports activities, as well as evening events. The Winter Law School will allow young lawyers to expand their network and evolve in an international environment.

The subject

In view of the significant progress made in the field of computer science, algorithmic systems can now efficiently process large amounts of data and make decisions more or less autonomously. Numerous sectors of activity make use of algorithms, which contribute to everyday decision-making. These decisions produce legal effects which are imposed on people.

Numerous questions arise: What law applies to the actions of algorithms? Can the latter be held responsible for their actions? How can these acts be qualified? What role does the designer of these algorithms play? Does software that uses artificial intelligence and creates a work of art have copyright? Does the current law regulate the use of new technologies?

Many questions will be answered at our Winter ELSA Law School. The event will provide participants with a general overview of the subject matter of digital law.



Participation fees
Non-favoured countries: 350€

Favoured countries: 315€

Alumni of ELSA - 370€

Member of a partner organisation - 370€

Non-Member - 370€
Extra fees
80€ : Goodies Pack (30€) - Gala (50€)
Brussels, Belgium
JAM Hotel Brussels
Number of participants
Date of arrival
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Academic Partner
Council of Europe, Université libre de Bruxelles
Complexity of Academic Programme
Academic Programme

The academic programme of our WELS will be constituted of 6-day intensive courses on New Technologies and Artificial Intelligence Law. The event will gather some of the most renowned Belgian experts in the field, most of them legal scholars and professors. We also hope to invite members of the Digital Development Unit of the Council of Europe (some of them have already participated in our successful Webinar Academy on New Technologies and Artificial Intelligence Law which took place in February 2021). As for the content of the academic programme, we hope to teach our participants the basics and different components of New Technologies/Artificial Intelligence/Data law in order for them to understand, through active discussions and seminars, what issues this relatively new field of law brings about. We would prefer the teaching method to be inspired from the Socratic method so as to include the participants in discussions and let them collaborate in groups. Furthermore, we would like to address human rights-related issues.

Here is the draft academic program of our WELS (subject to change) : 

  • Monday :
    • “The impact of AI on the Legal System” and “Online Dispute Resolution and the Future of Justice” 
    • “The path of Smart Law: from human-centric to data-centric legal systems”
    • “The algorithmic revolution and the impact of algorithms on society”
  • Tuesday :
    • “Transformation of law and regulation in the global and digital society”
    • “How AI will shake up our economy”
    • “Algorithmic Decision-Making and Public administration”
  • Wednesday :
    • “The impact of Artificial Intelligence and New Technologies on fundamental rights”
    • “Data-driven policies”
    • “Demystifying AI: Are IA mechanisms really intelligent?”
  • Thursday :
    • “Algorithms and criminal law”
    • “Algorithmic Governance”
    • “To be a lawyer in the field of new technologies”
  • Friday :
    • “Artificial Intelligence and Human Rights”
    • “Internet Governance and Algorithms”
    • “Data protection”
    • “Copyright Protection for AI Production? An EU Law Perspective”
  • Saturday :
    • “Data Protection and AI”
    • “Artificial Intelligence & Intellectual Property: Key Challenges”
Covid-19 Requirements
This Winter ELSA Law Schools is only accessible to fully vaccinated participants, holder of a Negative PCR test or participants recovered from COVID-19 in the past 6 months. You will need to hold one of those proofs in order to participate in this Winter ELSA Law School.
Apply here