Call for Papers

This Call for Papers invites contributions for the event ‘AI Robotics in Healthcare: A Challenge for Law and Tech’.


The conference will mark the official launching of the FutureHealthLaw, the research branch of WhatNext.Law focused on new technologies and innovation in the health domain.


It will take place on the 17 and 18 April 2023, at NOVA School of Law (NOVA University of Lisbon, Portugal) and it will be carried out in academic partnership with the Norwegian Research Center for Computers and Law (NRCCL), from the University of Oslo.

Robots based on AI are not a matter of science fiction movies anymore. They are increasingly a part of our life in various domains, including in healthcare, providing nursing care to in-home patients, distributing medicines in hospitals, or performing complex surgical interventions, amongst many other relevant tasks. This conference aims to explore the several legal issues involves in the use of AI robotics in healthcare.


List of topics (non-exhaustive)

  • AI robotics in healthcare in light of EU regulation (the GDPR, the Draft EHDS, the AI Draft Act, the Medical Device regulation, etc)
  • Liability (civil and criminal) for harm caused by AI robotics in healthcare delivery
  • Roboethics
  • AI robotics and digital governance
  • Medical deontology and AI robotics
  • IP rights involving AI robotics
  • The right to healthcare and AI robotics



This call for papers is directed to all law students, who are invited to submit their abstracts (300-500 words) by 27 March 2023, to the following email:


The ones with accepted abstracts will be invited to present at the conference, in a special panel for young researchers. They will also have the opportunity to publish an extended version of the paper in an ebook format. The guidelines for the papers will be provided in due course.



Relevant dates:

Deadline for the paper submission: 27 March 2023

Acceptance notice: 31 March 2023

Conference date: 17 and 18 April 2023

Deadline for the final presentation of the papers: 1 October 2023

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