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Second Autonomous Shipping Conference – Public International Law Aspects

The UCL Autonomous Shipping Project is pleased to announce that it will be hosting, in collaboration with the Institute of International Shipping and Trade Law of Swansea University), a Conference exploring the ‘Public International Law Aspects’ of the autonomous shipping revolution. It will take place on 6 April 2022. This Conference follows from the success … Continue reading Second Autonomous Shipping Conference – Public International Law Aspects

‘Is a self-driving car smarter than a seven-month-old? Or, how to ask the wrong question to get to an irrelevant answer.’ by Dr Frank Stevens

In The Economist of 4 September 2021, an article was published under the title ‘ Is a self-driving car smarter than a seven-month-old?’.  If you guessed, from the way the question is phrased, that the answer was ‘no’, you would have been entirely correct. Ultimately, the article (intentionally or not) puts out an implicit message … Continue reading ‘Is a self-driving car smarter than a seven-month-old? Or, how to ask the wrong question to get to an irrelevant answer.’ by Dr Frank Stevens

‘On the Regulatory Challenges Linked to MASS’ by Professor Henrik Ringbom

The regulatory challenges relating to Marine Autonomous Surface Ships (“MASS”) involve two main areas of interest. First, there are the public law rules, covering safety, manning, technical and operational standards etc. for ships. These are the rules that determine whether it is lawful to operate MASS in the first place. Second, there are the liability … Continue reading ‘On the Regulatory Challenges Linked to MASS’ by Professor Henrik Ringbom

‘A realistic approach to the development of autonomous ships and the law’ by Professor Johan Schelin

An expert on artificial intelligence once said that nothing is as difficult as trying to foresee the future, especially when it comes to technological developments and their significance. In the late 1960 and early 1970s people were very fascinated by space and landing on the moon. Some experts even predicted that in the near future … Continue reading ‘A realistic approach to the development of autonomous ships and the law’ by Professor Johan Schelin

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