“In the direction of a Franco-Canadian strategy to the regulation of synthetic intelligence”

Jean Monnet University (UJM) and the University of Ottawa have been working together for several years. A team of researchers from CERCRID (Center for Critical Law Research) at ÚJM recently initiated a scientific collaboration with the Center for Law, Technology and Society Research at the University of Ottawa within the IEA (International Emerging Measure) for a period of two years. Joint project supported by CNRS ” Towards a Franco-Canadian approach to the regulation of artificial intelligence » aims to study the various initiatives aimed at providing a legal framework for AI and to consider other possible approaches to AI regulation, especially in the field of health and justice.

Canada and France have been collaborating in scientific research for many years, and the French Embassy in Canada set up the French-Canadian Research Fund in 2000. Recently, in June 2020, countries developed the Global Artificial Intelligence Partnership (PMIA or GPAI) to ensure the responsible development and use of artificial intelligence in line with the OECD’s artificial intelligence principles.

The CNRS, which is a stakeholder in this collaboration, is heavily established here with six international research laboratories and an office at the University of Ottawa, which was officially inaugurated last April.

Jacques Frémont, Rector and Vice Chancellor of the University of Ottawa, said at the time:

“University of Ottawa researchers and their CNRS partners have increased and diversified their research collaboration over the past decade. We are honored to host the Canadian CNRS office, which will promote and promote international research throughout Canada. »


CERCRID, the CNRS Joint Research Unit (UMR 5137), is located in 2 locations: Saint-Etienne and Lyon. Founded in 1982, it has been affiliated with the CNRS since 1985 and benefits from the joint supervision of Jean Monnet University and Lyon 2 University. It brings together lawyers from all specializations who fall under public law, private law or history. of the law.

It welcomes researchers working at the Faculty of Law of the Jean Monnet University of Saint-Etienne and the IUT in Saint-Etienne and researchers from Lyon, in particular at the Faculty of Law of the Lumière University Lyon 2 and the Lyon Institute for the Study of Labor (IETL).

French-Canadian research project on the legal regulation of artificial intelligence

Artificial intelligence has an undeniable impact on our environment, be it legal, economic or social. Legal norms (national, European, or international) that are not clear and precise enough make governments powerless in the face of strong corporate interests and, like international organizations, consider the best way to regulate AI.

Project Towards a Franco-Canadian approach to the regulation of artificial intelligence », which strengthens the legal co – operation between the UJM and the University of Ottawa, aims to inform them about the various initiatives taken in this regard. According to ÚJM, In addition to the rules of so-called “hard” law, the study will examine other approaches to AI regulation, such as rules of professional conduct, norms and standards that take into account the dimension “soft law“. The study will focus in particular on justice and health.

It lasts two years and is part of the International Emerging Action (IEA), an international collaboration tool shared by the CNRS, which explores new topics and new partnerships in an organization that funds short-term missions, organizes workshops, and initiates initial joint research in a joint scientific project.

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