Ethical, Legal and Responsible AI

  in Special Issue   Posted on November 26, 2020

Information for the Special Issue

Submission Deadline: Mon 15 Mar 2021
Journal Impact Factor : 2.068
Journal Name : Ethics and Information Technology
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Editors: Virginia Dignum, Fosca Gianotti, Raja Chatilla

Artificial Intelligence is transforming work, organisations, industries and society. Despite the many potential benefits of this general-purpose technology, there are significant challenges and risks, ranging from privacy, security, ethics, transparency and regulation. The prioritization of ethical, legal, and policy considerations in the development and management of AI systems to ensure responsible design, production and use of trustworthy AI requires integration of engineering, policy, law and ethics approaches. 

This special issue is the result of collaboration between the EU Horizon 2020 projects HumaneAI-Net, TAILOR and AI4EU.

This special issue calls for research papers, project reports, or position papers focusing on, but not limited to, the following topics: 

  • Accounts (and criteria of adequacy) of moral values, especially in the context of the human AI interaction (with reference to some prominent values in the Ethics & AI debate, e.g. accountability, privacy, fairness.)
  • Experiences on designing and operationalising Human Values and Ethical principles 
  • Methods for measuring values and norms in the human-AI ecosystem as required by an agile approach to designing for values.
  • Approaches to understand how values can change (or their balance/priorities are modified) as a side effect of complex interaction between humans and AI systems in a complex socio-technical ecosystem, also with respect to the above mentioned value hierarchy.
  • Emergence and resolutions of value conflicts by design 
  • Theory and methods to deal with ethical dilemmas and value prioritization, ensuring that such decisions are open, transparent and amenable to argumentation and participation of a wide range of stakeholders.
  • Critical scholarship addressing the power structures and imbalances as these shape the production and adoption of AI systems 
  • Ethical importance of epistemic conditions for responsibility for design and use of AI systems (e.g. contextuality of notions such as ‘understanding’ ‘explaining’ and making ‘transparent’ the working of deep learning).
  • Understand the relation of Humane-ness, human centeredness, human dignity in the application of AI.
  • Experiences in education and training of ethical, legal and responsible AI.

Important dates

  • 15 March 2021:           Submission deadline 
  • 3 May 2021:                Notifications on decisions
  • 31 May 2021:              Major revisions deadline for selected papers
  • 5 July 2021:                Final decision on accepted papers
  • 2 August 2021:           Camera ready papers due
  • late 2021:                    Publication of special issue


This special issue welcomes submissions from a wide variety of disciplines, including computer science, statistics, law, social sciences, the humanities, and education. Given the multidisciplinary character of the issue, we request all submissions to include a short description of the potential impact of the work reported and of the ethical challenges they faced in their work. Please indicate also to which of the following topics the submission contributes:

  • Computer Science
  • Law
  • Social Sciences and Humanities
  • EducationPractical applications
  • Educating at the intersection of Law, Social Sciences, Humanities, and Computer Science
  •  Length is 8000 words maximum and must be anonymous for double-blind review. 

Suggested submission types: 

  • Research papers
  • Position papers
  • Papers describing existing projects (maximum length for this type is 2000 words) 

​​​​​​​Contact: Virginia Dignum: 

Reviewing committee

Andreas TheodorouAnna Monreale Atia CortesBarry O’SullivanCatholijn JonkerDino PedreschiElisa FromontFrancesca RossiFrank DignumJose Hernandez OralloJosep Domingo FerrerJuan Carlos NievesMarie Christine RoussetMario PaolucciMichael Berthold Paolo TorroniRoel DobbeRon ChrisleySalvatore RuggieriTeresa ScantamburloUlises Cortes

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