ISSN 2612-4920 - Padova University Press

Computer science, robotics and artificial intelligence are the forms of technology that have determined the most revolutionary social transformations in the contemporary era. The exponential acceleration of technological innovations seems now to have surpassed the possibility of science to reflect or to elaborate a full-fledged theory about it. Indeed, the crisis of Western science has shown that, perhaps, science itself – conceived as a free, disinterested form of knowledge without immediate practical implications - is not an irreversible conquest, but a singular historical event, limited in time and space, while the technological approach to knowledge may be the original form of apprehension of reality and a structural part of man's essence.

On this theoretical basis, and within a particular declination of philosophy of law, the journal publishes contributions and reflections about ethical and legal issues of technological challenge in the third millennium, with particular attention to legal informatics, information technologies, robotics and artificial intelligence. The authors who present their works here are called to reflect critically and in a free and cross- disciplinary way about philosophical, logical, ethical and cultural aspects of technolaw, that is the legal experience in the technological dimension of contemporary man.

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 Call for papers

Call for papers
The Journal of Ethics and Legal Technologies (JELT) is inviting papers for the next issue.
Scientific works dealing with cross-disciplinary investigation on the mutual intersections between Law, Ethics and Contemporary Technological Achievements are welcome as long as they are in line with our mission as well as the manuscript submission policy.

Topics of particular interest for this issue are:
  • Methodological compatibility and incompatibility between the discipline of computer science and the discipline of law
  • Fairness, accountability, transparency, and ethics (FATE) in machine learning and data mining
  • Legal informatics
  • Online Dispute Resolution
  • Theoretical foundation and ethical/legal consequences of a "right to be dis-connected"


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