Public law

New book co-authored by ANU administrative law expert examines government liability

Algorithm as fact: Judicial review of the transparency of algorithms in government decision-making

This project builds on the lessons from Robodebt to address the need to understand the working, and impact, of automated processes in government. The problem with robo-debt lay not in the idea, but in the ¬execution. The system was riddled with design flaws. Robodebt is a textbook example of how not to deploy technology in government decision-making. An initiative designed to save revenue has instead led the federal government to repay $721m to 373,000 people. However, care must be taken not to draw the wrong lessons¬.

Rule as code: The use of machine learning as delegated legislation

Automation promises major benefits to government. Well-designed systems can make government services more accur¬ate, efficient and fair, such as by limiting the potential for human bias and error. They can also ¬extend taxpayer dollars so that services can reach many more people. An example is in legal services, where government funding of legal aid and community legal centres is critically important to helping thousands of vulnerable people, yet still falls well short of what is needed.

Regulatory insights on artificial intelligence: Research for policy

This project is a collaboration with the Centre for AI and Data Governance at SMU Singapore. The project’s research outcomes manifest in 12 essays in the forthcoming book Regulatory Insights on Artificial Intelligence: Research for Policy (Edward Elgar, forthcoming 2021, Findlay, Ford, Seoh and Thamapillai editors). The project contributions consider various aspects of legal and regulatory governance of artificial intelligence.

Asia dialogue on governance of responsible artificial intelligence

Hosted by Singapore Management University and funded by Microsoft Asia, this research dialogue on artificial intelligence (AI) governance aims to provide a framework for engaging the governance of AI technologies from an Asian perspective bringing together a multi-disciplinary group of leading researchers on AI governance from academic institutions, across the region. The key objective of the dialogue would be to foster the exchange of views on the governance of AI in Asia and deepen research collaboration in areas relevant to industry, governments, cultures and communities.

Why the law is what it ought to be

Professor Trevor Allan LLD, FBA will present his recent work on the topic 'Why the law is what it ought to be”. His associated paper on this theme was recently published in Jurisprudence, and is currently available online here.

The scheduling of this seminar for a later time than usual is due to the 10-hour time difference with the UK.

Alumna embarks on new chapter in global law journey at Oxford

Retired High Court Chief Justice to again teach postgraduate elective at ANU

ANU professor and alumni recognised as Australia’s best lawyers

Loving the law, oral advocacy, and studying the ANU Juris Doctor


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