Postgraduate Module Descriptor

LAWM131: Artificial Intelligence and the Law

This module descriptor refers to the 2020/1 academic year.


NQF Level7
Credits30 ECTS Value15
Term(s) and duration

This module ran during term 2 (11 weeks)

Academic staff

Dr Matthew Channon (Convenor)





Available via distance learning


Artificial Intelligence (AI) is part of modern society and is due to continuously change modern society as we know it. It is already affecting the way we work, the way we move, and the way we function, and will continue to have a major impact in our society for years to come. However, amongst the numerous challenges which are likely to be faced in the introduction of AI, the law is one of the most significant. Legal challenges are not contained in any one area of law nor any one area of AI, nor is it confined to any one legal system. The response to these legal challenges is undoubtedly crucial. For example, the Law Commission is currently examining the law of Automated Vehicles, which is an area likely to require future reform and detailed consideration.

In relation to AI and the law of autonomous transports, the module will explore the ways in which AI will impact the use of vehicles (autonomous or connected) as well as ships and drones. Moreover, issues relating to human rights such as in relation to privacy are key issues which may require examination in the future. There are further issues in relation to 3D Printing and Intellectual property law which will require further exploration in future legislation. Moreover, issues in relation to the military uses of AI such as in autonomous weapons systems is also a significant topic which will require further exploration.

This module seeks to provide you with the knowledge and understanding of Artificial Intelligence and its’ role in society. It will then provide you with knowledge and understanding in relation to legal challenges in relation to some of the key areas relating to Artificial Intelligence and solutions which have been proposed.

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