Dentons submits results of research into the development of global legislation in robotics, AI and cyberphysical systems

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November 28, 2018 – Dentons global law firm has carried out unique, large-scale research of the development of law and legislation on robotics, artificial intelligence and cyberphysical systems. The research was commissioned by the Competency Center for Statutory Regulation of the Digital Economy, which operates at the Skolkovo Foundation. It is the first such research done in Russia.

Dentons’ team of authors analyzed the ideas, approaches and solutions in developing such legislation in 50 jurisdictions.

The research was done as part of the action plan for the Statutory Regulation area of the Digital Economy of the Russian Federation program. The purpose is to create a modern regulatory and legal framework for this industry in Russia.

“The fact that precisely our team was given such a demanding assignment speaks primarily to the exclusive skill set that we have in this area. We are proud of the result of our work and are grateful for having been given the opportunity to make our contribution to developing the statutory regulation of our country’s digital economy,” said Victor Naumov, Dentons’ St. Petersburg office managing partner and head of Russia IP, IT and Telecommunications practice.

Andrey Neznamov, an of counsel at Dentons and head of the Dentons Russia Legal Innovations Laboratory, had this comment: “Legal advisors generally discuss issues of whether a robot will have the special status of a digital person and who should be responsible for its actions. Our research showed that these are just some of the problems and certainly not the most pressing ones.”

“The research done by Dentons deserves the high marks it received at the last working group meeting,” said Alexei Sokolov, Deputy Director of the Skolkovo Foundation Development and Planning Department. “It can rightfully be considered an outstanding achievement of the Skolkovo Foundation as the Competency Center for Statutory Regulation of the Digital Economy and the Digital Economy Autonomous Nonprofit Organization in this year. The data obtained bring us much closer to the main objective of transitioning the Russian Federation to a digital economy.”

For many years Dentons lawyers have actively participated in developing business self-governance processes, legislation in innovations, the Internet and the “new economy.” In December 2016 Dentons’ lawyers, commissioned by Grishin Robotics, developed the first robotics draft law in Russia. In 2016 Dentons’ lawyers were the first in Russia to develop a concept for regulating the Internet of things and continue to develop subject-specific regulation, coordinating this area in the Association of the Internet of Things. In 2017 Dentons’ lawyers developed the draft of the first international robotics act in the world: the Model Convention on Robotics and Artificial Intelligence.

Dentons has the largest number of experts among law firms and advisors in Russia in thematic working groups for implementation of the Digital Economy of the Russian Federation state program at Skolkovo ( Two Dentons partners head thematic working groups for implementation of the Digital Economy of the Russian Federation state program at the Competency Center for Statutory Regulation of the Digital Economy: Vasilii Markov heads the Special Legal Regimes working group and Victor Naumov heads the Cyberphysical Systems working group. Victor Naumov is also a member of the main Statutory Regulation working group of the Digital Economy Autonomous Nonprofit Organization.

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Olga Karavaeva, head of Dentons’ communications department,, +7 921 869 8230.

About Dentons

Dentons is the world’s largest law firm*, delivering quality and value to clients around the globe. Dentons is a leader on the Acritas Global Elite Brand Index, a BTI Client Service 30 Award winner and recognized by prominent business and legal publications for its innovations in client service, including founding Nextlaw Labs and the Nextlaw Global Referral Network. Dentons provides legal services to international and Russian corporations, banks and other financial institutions, private equity funds, state enterprises and non-profits.


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