Law, Cognitive Technologies & Artificial Intelligence - New Study Programme from the BSC

The Brussels School of Competition (BSC) is a Brussels-based non-profit organisation established under the auspices of FEB with a mission to foster education, compliance and research in competition law and economics. This year, it is launching a new study programme enabling legal experts to deal with the new challenges posed by the emergence of cognitive technologies, artificial intelligence and automation in legal practice.

This programme is geared towards all legal and policy analysts, experts and observers wanting to prepare for and learn about the changes caused by these technologies. It offers initial and practical training on the subject for those legal practitioners who are not specialists in new technologies (especially artificial intelligence) but are increasingly required to deal with them.

What are the goals of the programme?

The programme is primarily intended to help lawyers transition smoothly into a true 21st century legal profession. This is why this set of 20 modules has the following aims:

  • Provide legal practitioners with accessible exposure to cognitive technologies and AI;
  • Help legal practitioners understand how cognitive technologies and AI pose adaptability challenges for the law in various fields, including liability, legal personhood, insurance, taxation, etc.;
  • Assist legal practitioners in getting to grips with the requisite set of skills, tools and assets needed to thrive in the cognitive legal world. The modules will also look at the shape of things to come for law firms, including the necessary organisational challenges that cognitive technologies will pose in terms of clients’ needs, human resources, technological capabilities, etc.;
  • Help legal practitioners understand how cognitive technologies and AI are likely to affect how the law is litigated before and enforced by decision-makers including courts and regulatory agencies. A number of AI applications have been introduced in courts around the world (to assist with sentencing, for instance).

Who should attend the programme?

This programme is aimed at all Belgian and foreign legal experts, regardless of their profession (e.g. lawyers, in-house counsels, civil servants, judges, clerks), who – like us – feel that the rise of cognitive technology and artificial intelligence is likely to change their future occupation.

By the end of the programme, participants will have a full understanding of the major facets of the subject. They will acquire fundamental and in-depth knowledge of the most important aspects of cognitive technologies: theoretical (What is AI? What are the applicable laws?), practical (How can I use AI to upgrade my organisation) as well as political (What is automated law enforcement? How are States going to implement AI in public sectors?). 

Taught in English, this new programme comprises 20 sessions, all of which are held at the Federation of Enterprises in Belgium (FEB) on Fridays from 9 a.m. to 12.30 p.m.

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