Call: “AI and Law – Ethical, Legal, and Sociopolitical Implications” issue of AI & Society

Call for Papers

AI & Society: Journal of Knowledge, Culture and Communication
Editor-in-Chief: Karamjit S. Gill (

Special issue on: AI and Law – Ethical, Legal, and Sociopolitical Implications

Extended Deadline: December 31, 2019

Contributions are invited for a Special Issue on AI and Law – Ethical, Legal, and Socio-political Implications, to be published by the AI & Society Journal of Culture, Knowledge and Communication (Springer) (

This special issue examines the ethical, legal, and socio-political implications of AI and Law. The unprecedented technological advances of the recent decades have had a number of positive effects in almost every area of human life, they have also brought significant concerns in how the rapidly growing development and utilization of smart technologies relates to future law and ethics. This special issue also attempts to initiate a debate of how to regulate the development of smart technologies and robotics to increase the welfare of society without violating its fundamental values.

Submissions are invited for the following topic areas:

  • Ethics/Applied Philosophy
  • Law
  • Philosophical Anthropology
  • Social- and Political Philosophy
  • Robotics, AI


Possible questions and topics for discussion in the various philosophical disciplines include, but are not limited to:

  • AI and Law
  • The Four Laws of Robotics
  • Moral Machines and Legal Responsibility
  • Moral, Legal, and Human Rights for Intelligent Robots?
  • Guidelines and Models for the Legal Regulation of Smart Technologies
  • The Problem of Machine Bias
  • Artificial Moral Agency and Patiency and the Implications for Law
  • Artificial Moral and Legal Personhood
  • Intelligent Robots and Partnership, Sexuality, Prostitution
  • Intelligent Robots and HealthCare
  • War Robots
  • AI and Transportation (car, train, bus, airplane)
  • Privacy, Autonomy, and Companies


Contributions are welcomed in the following format: Original papers.

All papers are double blind peer-reviewed by two referees and the guest editor.


AI & Society is an International Journal which publishes refereed scholarly articles, position papers, debates, short communications and reviews. Established in 1987, the journal focuses on the issues of policy, design, applications of information, communications and new media technologies, with a particular emphasis on cultural, social, cognitive, economic, ethical and philosophical implications. AI & Society is broad based and strongly interdisciplinary. It provides an international forum for ‘over the horizon’ analysis of the gaps and possibilities of rapidly evolving ‘knowledge society’, with a humanistic vision of society, culture and technology.


Manuscript submission: December 31, 2019
Notifications: March 31, 2020
Submission final versions: May 31, 2020
Target publication date: July 2020


Contributors are asked to submit a paper between 6000-8000 words in the AI & Society’s manuscript format. You can find more information about formatting under the section “Instructions for Authors” (

For inquiries and to submit your manuscript, please contact:


Submission to the Guest Editor: Prof. Dr. John-Stewart Gordon, DP Philosophy and Social Critique, Vytautas Magnus University, Kaunas, Lithuania:

John-Stewart Gordon is full professor of philosophy, head of the Research Cluster for Applied Ethics, and principal investigator of the research project “Future Law, Ethics, and Smart Technologies” (2017-2021) at Vytautas Magnus University in Kaunas, Lithuania. He is member of the editorial boards of Bioethics (since 2007), the Baltic Journal of Law & Politics (since 2018), and he has been area-editor and board member of the Internet Encyclopedia of Philosophy (2007-2014). Furthermore, since 2016, he is general editor of the new book series Philosophy and Human Rights at Brill. He has written and edited several books in the context of practical philosophy and published peer-reviewed articles and special issues at international leading journals and encyclopaedias.


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