AI4EU Cafe: AI and legal personality


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The Speaker is: Klaus Heine (Professor of Law and Economics at the Erasmus School of Law in Rotterdam)

Abstract:  AI’s mimic human like decisions, but they are no humans. This raises the question about the legal status of AI’s. Is it appropriate to grant AI’s the status of a distinct legal person to which responsibility and legal obligations can be attributed? What is the advantage for doing so? This lecture shall map some of the pending questions and stimulate an out of the box discussion.

Klaus Heine is Professor of Law and Economics at the Erasmus School of Law in Rotterdam. His research is recognized by an international audience through presentations at numerous international conferences and publishing in leading journals in the respective fields. He was awarded a Jean Monnet Chair of Economic Analysis of European Law ( in June 2012. In 2019 he became the director of the Jean Monnet Centre of Excellence on Digital Governance ( The Centre is a joint initiative of Erasmus University Rotterdam, Bar-Ilan University and the University of Leeds. The Centre seeks for new institutional solutions for the disruptive challenges from digitalization. Since 2019 he is also one of the directors of the Erasmus Centre for Data Analytics (ECDA). He is a member of Plattform Lernende Systeme of the German government ( and he is associated with the Dutch AI Coalition ( 

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