Léonard Van Rompaey

Léonard Van Rompaey


  • JUR- CEPRI - Centre for Private Governance

    Karen Blixens Plads 16, 2300 København S, 6B Bygning 6B (Afsnit 3), Building: 6B-3-57

Member of:

    PROFIT: Gaps and opportunities in the corporate governance of big tech companies

    In the framework of CEPRI's PROFIT project, I am focusing on elucidating the intricate ways Big Tech corporations, particularly spotlighting Google, navigate between corporate law and data protection legislations such as the GDPR and forthcoming AI regulations. My initial article, "The Two Faces of Google: Corporate Law and Data Protection Law Interfaces in Big Data Business Models," seeks to dissect how corporate law can potentially be utilized to sidestep stringent data protection laws, thereby advocating for a more harmonious and accountable interplay between corporate governance and legal frameworks governing AI and data protection.

    Private Governance for Responsible and Trustworthy Artificial Intelligence

    This project investigates the crucial role of trust in the development and reception of artificial intelligence (AI) technologies, a topic of national and geopolitical significance. It identifies the challenges AI poses to current legal structures and liability regimes, which could erode public trust. By applying the principles of Trustworthy AI, the initiative advocates for strengthened liability frameworks and endorses the EU Commission's approach to encouraging private governance, promoting a harmonious development of trustworthy AI across various industries.

    PhD thesis: Discretionary Robots – Conceptual Legal Challenges for the Regulation of Machine Behaviour  

    This thesis delves into the pressing legal dilemmas posed by artificial intelligence (AI) and robots endowed with discretion and agency, characteristics traditionally reserved for humans. The existing legal frameworks face disruptions as they struggle to categorize beings that blur the lines between objects and persons. The central argument posits that the current regulatory responses focus on superficial legal issues and overlook the deep-seated challenges brought about by AI's inherent agency and decision-making capabilities. Drawing attention to this conceptual gap, the thesis endeavors to identify the roots of the legal disruptions instigated by AI technology, aspiring to foster regulations that adeptly balance the prospective advantages and downsides of AI integration into society. This study presents a vital step toward envisioning a legal paradigm capable of accommodating the unique and dualistic nature of robots as both objects and agents with person-like attributes.

    Primary fields of research

    • Robot and AI Law
    • Industrial standards
    • AI ethics
    • Engineering design processes
    • Theory of Law


    • Legal French
    • International Public Law (BA)

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