AI Governance at the Crossroads: Workshop on AI Regulation in EU, Brazil and US

  • Starts:14:00, 30 June 2021
  • Ends:16:30, 30 June 2021
  • Location:Zoom
  • Enrolment deadline:29.06.2021 23:59
  • Contact:Santiago Uribe (santiago.uribe@bi.no)

AI Governance at Crossroads: Workshop on AI Regulation in EU, Brazil, and US.

Organized and hosted by The Triple Partnership for Responsible AI ‘3AI’

In the last few years, we have seen widespread adoption of Artificial Intelligence (AI) technologies both by private and public agencies. Facebook and Google use AI to curate the content that we consume through our newsfeed and our search results and AI systems are at the heart of many governments’ efforts to reduce crime through automated policing, improve public health (e.g. making diagnosis more precise), and effective distribution of welfare benefits. With the increased adoption comes also risks associated with lack of transparency, discrimination, manipulation, and dangers to the democratic processes. There are also concerns that the benefits and harms are not distributed equally across populations and geographies. Thus, as a society, we are at critical juncture where regulatory authorities in the EU and across the globe are grappling with how to embrace the economic benefits AI while limiting the harms to individuals and society at large.

In 2021, a series of legislative and policy measures on the development and use of AI has attracted the attention of both academics and the tech industry. In the EU, the Commission has recently released a comprehensive proposal for Regulation laying down harmonized rules on artificial intelligence. According to the Commission, this is the first ever legal framework on AI and would play a leading role in setting standards globally. Likewise, across the Atlantic the US enacted the National AI Initiative Act of 2020 on 1st January 2021: https://www.ai.gov/. For its part, the Brazilian government published the national AI strategy, setting out plans for fostering research in the field and driving AI innovation as a primer to tackle the country's key challenges.

At this pivotal moment for the future of AI, the ‘Triple Partnership for Responsible AI’ (3AI) invites you to a virtual workshop where leading experts will discuss and comment on these recent initiatives for AI governance. Our guest speakers from The 3AI Partnership and network will address these initiatives, focusing on salient concerns and governance approaches behind each initiative and the lessons to be learned from each other.

About 3AI Project

The ‘Triple Partnership for Responsible AI’ (3AI) is a collaborative academic and research project funded by the Research Council of Norway. The project brings together academic institutions from Norway, the U.S. and Brazil-the Nordic Centre for Internet and Society at BI Norwegian Business School (NCIS), the Berkman Klein Center for Internet and Society at Harvard (BKC) and the Institute for Technology and Society in Rio de Janeiro (ITS)- with the aim of drawing from diverse perspectives and practical experience of different jurisdictions to better understand the social impacts of AI technologies across geographies. Through joint courses, workshops and conferences, the project facilitates the exchange of best practices, legislative, managerial and educational resources.



  • Time
  • Title
  • Speakers
  • Welcome and Opening Remarks


    Samson Esayas, BI-NCIS

  • The EU Proposal for Artificial Intelligence Act: Setting a Global Standard?


    Sebastian Schwemer, University of Copenhagen

  • Q&A with participants

  • Recent Trends in AI Regulation in the USA and Global Trends in AI Principles


    Jessica Fjeld and Adam Nagy, Harvard University

  • Q&A with participants

  • Break

  • The Brazilian AI Strategy


    Celina Bottino and Carlos Affonso Souza, ITS Rio

  • Q&A with participants

  • Panel Discussion


    All speakers-Moderated by Christian Fieseler

  • Conclusion and Closing Remarks


    Christian Fieseler, BI-NCIS

SEBASTIAN SCHEMER- University of Copenhagen

Sebastian is Associate Professor at the Centre for Information and Innovation Law (CIIR) at the University of Copenhagen and Adjunct Associate Professor at the University of Oslo's Norwegian Research Center for Computers and Law (NRCCL).  His research focuses on the intersection of regulation, technology and society, related to information on the Internet, intermediaries, decentralized systems and automation. His current work is on issues of digital copyright, platform regulation, content moderation, algorithmic governance and enforcement, and the use of computer science in the legal field.

JESSICA FJELD-Harvard University

Jessica Fjeld is a Lecturer on Law and the Assistant Director of the Cyberlaw Clinic at the Berkman Klein Center for Internet & Society. She focuses her legal practice on issues impacting digital media and art. Recently, she has emphasized work with AI-generated art, the overlap of existing rights and ethics frameworks on emerging technologies, and legal issues confronted by digital archives. She is a member of the board of the Global Network Initiative, a multistakeholder organization the protects and advances user freedom of expression and privacy around the world.

ADAM NAGY- Harvard University

Adam Nagy is a Project Coordinator at Harvard Law School's Cyberlaw Clinic, based at the Berkman Klein Center for Internet & Society. His work supports the development of new tools, forums, and research within the Algorithms and Justice track of the Ethics and Governance of Artificial Intelligence Initiative. These efforts include the Risk Assessment Tools Database and the AGTech Forum.



Celina has a Master’s Degree in Human Rights from Harvard University and Undergraduate Degree in Law from Pontifical Catholic University (PUC-Rio). She is an expert on human rights and technology. She was a researcher at the Human Rights Watch in New York. Celina was a consultant for the Harvard Human Rights Clinic and a researcher at ISER. An Associate of the Children’s and Adolescent’s Rights Protection in Rio de Janeiro. Celina is currently developing research in the human rights and technology field. She is affiliated with Harvard's Berkman Klein Center and Project Director at the Institute for Technology & Society of Rio de Janeiro (ITS).


Has a PhD and a Master’s Degree in Civil Law from Rio de Janeiro State University (UERJ). He is a Law professor at UERJ and at Pontifical Catholic University (PUC-Rio). He is a visiting researcher at the Information Society Project from Yale Law School. He is a member of the Copyright Commission at Rio de Janeiro Bar Exam Institute (OAB/RJ) since 2007 and a Policy Fellow at the nonprofit organization Access. He is a Consultant at the Brazilian Internet Observatory, an initiative that stemmed from the Brazilian Internet Steering Committee (CGI.br). He is one of the Co-founders and a Director of the Institute for Technology & Society of Rio de Janeiro (ITS Rio).

SAMSON ESAYAS-BI Norwegian Business School

Samson joined BI as an Associate Professor at the Department of Law and Governance. He holds a PhD in law from the University of Oslo and an LL.M degree in Information and Communication Technology Law from the University of Oslo. His research focuses on the interplay between law, technology and markets as regulatory tools, with a particular emphasis on the intersection between data privacy and competition law.

CHRISTIAN FIESELER-BI Norwegian Business School

Professor of communication management at BI and co-director of the Nordic Centre for Internet and Society at BI. He received his PhD in Management and Economics from the University of St. Gallen, Switzerland, in 2008. Before joining BI in 2014, Christian worked as a postdoctoral researcher at the University of St. Gallen and at the Berkman Klein Center for Internet and Society at Harvard University. Christian’s research interests center on organizational identity, corporate social responsibility and computer-mediated-communication.