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Establishment of an Ottawa-Lyon Joint-Chair: Individual avatars and modern-day issues concerning liability under private law

On The October 22, 2019

Alliance Canada

On October 10, 2019, the University of Ottawa and the Université Jean Moulin Lyon 3 concluded a research collaboration in the legal sector: the “Ottawa/Lyon Joint-Chair – Individual avatars and modern-day issues concerning liability under private law”. This collaboration is supported by the Université de Lyon as part of the IDEXLYON project.

This Chair is presided over by Professor Mariève Lacroix (University of Ottawa) and Professor Olivier Gout (Université Jean Moulin Lyon 3). It is a Knowledge Hub based on private law and artificial intelligence, which encourages new research and promotes fundamental and cross-border collaborations through extensive knowledge mobilization.

It aims to combine fundamental research with both applied and partnership research. The fundamental research action is focused on the legal definition of a non-human entity, with a second research action, which, this time, concerns the civil liability of a non-human entity.

This Joint-Chair is scientific in nature and has a dual purpose. On the one hand, it seeks to ensure high-level research training for emerging students and researchers in both Ottawa and Lyon. On the other, it allows those working as part of the Joint-Chair to make an informed and comparative assessment of the issues and challenges posed by artificial intelligence in individual private law and liability. Students will be encouraged to mobilize their knowledge through their education and research projects.


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