Centre for AI and Digital Ethics travel to Viet Nam for project on legal advice in cyber and critical technologies

In the last week of April, the Centre for AI and Digital Ethics’ were delighted to travel to Viet Nam for the first activities of the ‘Building Resilient Legal Advice for Cyber and Critical Technologies’ Project. This two-year project is funded under the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade’s Cyber and Critical Technologies Cooperation Program. This initiative aims to understand the challenges and opportunities for lawyers, legal experts and practitioners, legal experts, law and policy makers when addressing new technologies such as AI, ChatGPT and Cyber Security measures.

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Gabby Bush, Tim Miller, Nhung Nguyen Thi, Fahimeh Abedi, Duong Thien Huong (Deputy Director, International Cooperation Department, MoJ) Nguyen Van Cuong (Director of the Institute of Legal Science, MoJ,) Jeannie Paterson, Dao Ba Minh.

The project team, Professor Jeannie Paterson (Co-Director, Law,) Professor Tim Miller (Co-Director, Computer Science,) Dr Fahimeh Abedi (Ninian Stephen Law Program,) Gabby Bush (Centre and Programs Manager) and Nhung Nguyen Thi (PhD Candidate) spent four days in Hanoi, meeting with partners at the Ministry of Justice, the Hanoi Law School and the Viet Nam National University. In particular, we received a warm welcome from the International Cooperation Department and the Vice Minister of Justice, Dang Hoang Oanh.

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Professor Jeannie Paterson with Vice Minister Dang Hoang Oanh

As well as meeting with partners in Hanoi, the project team delivered three workshops for participants from across 13 departments of the Ministry of Justice, the Judicial Academy, The Vietnam Bar Federation, Ministry of Public Security, Ministry of Information and Communications, Ministry of Science and Technologies and the Hanoi Law University.  Sessions included demystifying AI, Law and Regulation for new technologies and Cyber Security. With over 70 participants across two days, CAIDE was privileged to hear about their experiences working between law and new technologies as well as learning more about the new Decree on Protection of Personal Data in Viet Nam, which was released on April 17th, just a week before CAIDE travelled to Viet Nam.

Tim w class Professor Tim Miller presents to a full workshop

New Legal Thinking for Emerging Technologies

This project sits within a larger body of work: New Legal Thinking for Emerging Technologies. This initial project is powered by the Menzies Foundation under the Ninian Stephen Law Program.  Through this initiative, CAIDE is undertaking work with Lawyers in Australia to understand the challenges lawyers are facing in addressing AI, Cyber and Critical Technology. As part of this project, CAIDE is doing research, training, and thought leadership in Australia to understand, address and educate lawyers about the challenges to conventional legal thinking raised by rapidly evolving AI, Cyber and Critical Technology.  To achieve these aims, CAIDE is engaging with lawyers, legal scholars, regulators and law-makers to address and develop effective law and legal responses in this fast-moving field. CAIDE is also interviewing in house legal counsel to understand how and when they interact with technology in their work and how legal advice is integrated in organizational decisions about technology and in response to incidents related to technology.

The findings of this engagement and research will inform new models of training lawyers in system and design thinking to allow the agility and skills that enable them to be well-placed to respond to technological change now and into the future.  CAIDE will expand this work in Viet Nam over the next 18 months.

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Tim, Jeannie, Gabby and Fahimeh having a moment to explore beautiful Hanoi