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Administrative Law & Governance Colloquium 2022

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The theme of this year's Colloquium is automation, digitization and artificial intelligence in public administration.

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Tuesday, February 8, 2021: 11.30 to 12.50 EST

Catherine Sharkey (NYU), Government by Algorithm: Artificial Intelligence in Federal Administrative Agencies

Monday, February 14, 2021: 20.30 EST to 22.00 EST

Janina Boughey (UNSW), The Automated State

Tuesday, March 8, 2021: 11.30 to 12.50 EST

Sunny Kang (Eightfold AI), Algorithmic Accountability in Public Administration: the GDPR Paradox

Tuesday, March 22, 2021: 11.30 to 12.50 EST

Teresa Scassa (Ottawa), Administrative Law and the Governance of Automated Decision-making

Tuesday, April 5, 2021: 11.30 to 12.50 EST

Jennifer Cobbe (Cambridge), Reviewable Automated Decision-making

In the era of Big Data, governments and public entities are turning more and more to automation, digitization and machine learning to operate more effectively and efficiently. The extent of technological change in and on public administration is difficult to quantify, but concern has grown about the use of cutting-edge algorithms and forms of artificial intelligence to support governmental operations. There have been high-profile examples of maladministration causing interference with privacy interests or the unlawful withdrawal of benefits. States have responded by developing regulatory frameworks, such as the General Data Protection Regulation in the European Union and the Directive on Automated Decision-Making in Canada. Are these frameworks sufficiently robust to cabin automated decision-making, digitization and use of machine learning? Do we need new accountability mechanisms to deal with rapid technological evolution in the machinery of government? And what role for judicial review, as the rise of a “culture of justification” in administrative law and the expansion of the “duty of fairness” impose strict requirements of justification, intelligibility and transparency which machines might not be able to meet? Speakers from Australia, Canada, the United Kingdom and the United States will reflect on these questions and others during the 2022 Colloquium.

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Organizer Paul Daly, University Research Chair in Administrative Law & Governance

Organizer of Administrative Law & Governance Colloquium 2022

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