Steven Van Uytsel, associate professor of the Faculty of Law, was principal organizer of this year’s symposium, which focused on an area that he began researching from 2018 in light of the increasing influence that technological developments were having on his work in competition and consumer law.
“Through excellent presentations and vivid discussions, the symposium has revealed that there is a rich discussion on how law should deal with the ever-increasing role of algorithms in society,” said Van Uytsel.
“However, it is also clear that the discussion is often still embryonic due to the lack of full understanding of the technological developments and the problems they create.”
The conference was sponsored by Progress 100, which aims to build and strengthen international research partnerships in areas that Kyushu University has displayed excellence by bringing top researchers to Fukuoka.
Van Uytsel expresses his hope that this kind of interdisciplinary symposium was the first in a series to follow.
“More than ever is there a need to bring together scholars from multiple disciplines to generate a better understanding of the complexities in daily life, and I expect that Kyushu University will continue being a key player in making that happen,” he commented.