International conference in law and technology 2019 at UPES SCHOOL OF LAW

About the conference


On the cusp of the Fourth Industrial Revolution (Industry 4), disruptive innovation is quicker, and the global diffu- sion of new technologies is much faster. Industry 4 comprises of fusion of technologies blurring boundaries between biological, physical and digital spheres. From a regulation perspective, it is challenging in defining legal bound- aries in which these technologies operate. Policymakers face massive challenges due to disruptive technological innovation and thus pressing the need for debates to devise dynamic and responsive legal frameworks to regulate technology.

Fast forward to the second decade of the 21st century, Artificial Intelligence, Blockchain, and Biotechnology are being looked at as go-to technologies in the times to come. It may not be wrong to say that these technologies are the same in the present era, what the internet was to the 1970s-80s. The important difference, however, lies in the rate of change in technologies in 2019 as compared to nearly 40 years ago.


This conference is an endeavor to invite views from cross sections of the stakeholders on the legal issues related to Artificial Intelligence, Blockchain and Biotechnology while learning from the labyrinth of the purported conclu- sions reached in the recent past by courts, regulators, technocrats and commentators on these issues, churn out a testable hypothesis or notions for their resolution going ahead.


The conference is going to be held in the UPES School of Law, at Knowledge Acres (Kandoli) in the city of Deh- radun. Kandoli is located in Sahaspur Tehsil in Dehradun District of Uttarakhand State, India. It is 16 Km from the Dehradun Railway Station, 20 Km from Dehradun Inter-State Bus Terminus (ISBT) and 40 Km from Jolly Grant Airport in Dehradun. Kandoli has preserved its serenity because it is free of the ills of urbanization and is absolutely pollution free. Some notable attractions around Kandoli are the availability of stream water, widespread forest area and cohabitation of natives with wildlife.


In this conference, academicians, professionals, practitioners, scholars, students, academic bodies, government bod- ies, civil society organizations from both legal and technical sides, etc. are encouraged to participate.

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