Stanford Artificial Intelligence & Law Society (SAILS) Symposium – Opening Remarks and Keynote

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An introduction to the breadth of topics in the field of AI and human rights, and a welcome to the distinguished panelists and attendees.

Keynote speakers:
David Freeman Engstrom is a far-ranging scholar of the design and implementation of litigation and regulatory regimes whose expertise runs to civil procedure, administrative law, federal courts, constitutional law, legal history, and empirical legal studies. Current work includes a study for the Administrative Conference of the United States on AI use by federal agencies and a project on the effect of emerging legal technologies on the civil justice system. He is also serving as an Associate Dean at Stanford Law and is leading an initiative charting the school’s future around digital technology. Beyond teaching and research, Engstrom has served as counsel or consultant to a range of public and private entities and is a frequent amicus before the U.S. Supreme Court. He is an elected member of the American Law Institute and a faculty affiliate at the Stanford Human-Centered AI Initiative and at CodeX: The Stanford Center for Legal Informatics. He has a J.D. from Stanford Law School, an M.Sc. from Oxford University, and a Ph.D. from Yale University.

Alexa Koenig, Ph.D., J.D, is the Executive Director of the Human Rights Center (winner of the 2015 MacArthur Award for Creative and Effective Institutions) and a lecturer at UC Berkeley School of Law, where she teaches classes on human rights and international criminal law with a particular focus on the impact of emerging technologies on human rights practice. She co-founded the Human Rights Investigations Lab, which trains undergraduate and graduate students to use cutting-edge open source methods to support human rights advocacy and accountability. Alexa is co-chair of the World Economic Forum’s Global Future Council on Human Rights and Technology, a member of the American Association for the Advancement of Science’s Committee on Scientific Freedom and Responsibility, co-chair of the Technology Advisory Board of the Office of the Prosecutor at the International Criminal Court, and a founding member of the board of advisors for ARCHER, a UC Berkeley-established nonprofit that leverages technology to make data-driven investigations accessible, smarter and more scalable. Alexa has been honored with several awards for her work, including the United Nations Association-SF’s Global Human Rights Award, Mark Bingham Award for Excellence, the Eleanor Swift Award for Public Service, the Phi Beta Kappa Northern California Teaching Excellence Award, and diverse grants, including support from the National Science Foundation and numerous private foundations. Her research and commentary have appeared in the Annual Review of Law and Social Science, Foreign Policy, Foreign Affairs, US News and World Report, and elsewhere.

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