Brunel Law School Launches New LLM AI Programme

The new LLM in Artificial Intelligence, Law and Technology, an exciting new programme at Brunel Law School, will welcome its first cohort of students in September 2024.

The new, state-of-the-art programme is designed to prepare students for the challenges of the 21st century and ensure that they gain critical skills indispensable in today’s highly competitive labour market where technologies and digitalisation have stamped their mark.

Artificial Intelligence (AI) and other forms of new and emerging technologies are becoming omnipresent tools across all industries. Their use inevitably has serious ethical, legal and practical implications, necessitating carefully crafted regulation and responsible and trustworthy approaches and practices to innovation and development. Some of the world’s major economies have already started taking steps towards regulating the use of AI technology.

For example, the UK Government’s recent Pro-Innovation Approach to Artificial Intelligence is the foundation towards creating a viable regulatory framework for AI technologies in the UK, delegating the responsibility to the regulators, and not excluding AI-specific legislation in the future. The EU has already adopted the first comprehensive AI regulation (the EU AI Act) that seeks to strictly regulate AI technologies based on their capacity to cause harm.

In the past few years, a flurry of consequential regulations on digital platforms, including big tech companies have been adopted that have major socio-economic, political, legal and practical implications. Our new LLM programme reflects  these new ground-breaking developments in the legal and regulatory landscape.

Beyond these, however, the programme offers students a glimpse into a practical regulatory future: where innovative and novel forms of regulation are likely to exist alongside traditional laws and legislation, and where business, commerce and international trade will be transformed through new and exciting paradigms.

Why choose LLM in AI, Law and Technology?

1) Industries will need to ensure compliance with AI and digital regulations, thus creating demand for lawyers with knowledge of AI and the ancillary laws that impact and regulate its use and deployment

Any entity that is using AI in its day-to-day activities will need to ensure compliance with the relevant laws and regulations. To this end, those entities will be in need of relevant legal advice on how to ensure compliance. Our LLM in AI, Law and Technology is designed to equip students with cutting-edge knowledge of legal and ethical implications of the use of AI and other modern technologies, thus providing foundations for a career in such technological regulation.

2) Governments, regulators and policy makers will need lawyers with knowledge of AI and AI-relevant laws

Governments and regulators will also need lawyers and scholars with skills and knowledge that intersect law and modern technologies. Not only will the laws and regulations on AI and other modern technologies need to be drafted in order to reflect the governmental policies, they will need to be appropriately implemented and enforced. Brunel’s LLM in AI, Law and Technology will provide an opportunity for students to gain knowledge and skills relevant not only for drafting AI laws and regulations, and for their implementation and enforcement, but also to understand how to navigate the policy landscape to bring about meaningful change.

3) The intersection of AI, law and technology is an exciting topic in academia

Some of the most exciting topics currently in the legal academia are the ones involving AI and modern technologies. For those who wish to have a career in academia, our new LLM can serve as a great transition towards enrolling in a PhD programme at Brunel Law School or at some other institution of higher learning.

As part of the LLM in AI, Law and Technology, all students will be provided with appropriate dissertation supervision and other support necessary to ensure that they gain relevant research skills. Students will also benefit from gaining first-hand mentorship from Brunel Law School’s impressive faculty members specialising in this field, some of whom are well-known as skilled experts and have collaborated or worked with international organisations such as the United Nations (UN).

4) Learning about AI, law and technology will lead to universal and easily transferable skills

As part of our new LLM programme, the emphasis will be on bolstering the creativity of our students, developing their critical thinking skills, and bettering their writing and oratory capacities, and having a deep awareness of the impact of technologies on law, ethics, society and individuals. These skills are of universal character and are easily transferrable to other professions and areas of interest.

The knowledge and skills gained through our programme will undoubtedly still be useful if a student decides to pursue a career unrelated to AI or even to law after completing the LLM in Law, AI and Technology.

What modules will be offered as part of LLM in AI, Law and Technology?

The new LLM programme will have a healthy balance of compulsory and optional modules (subject to availability), thus ensuring that students can tailor-make the programme to best suit their interests.

Some of the optional modules will include the Intellectual Property and New Technologies, Internet Law I, Bioethics and Biomedical Law, Banking and Tech Law, International Intellectual Property Law, Patents and Trade Marks and Copyright and Allied Rights.

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