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The Person in Virtual Reality

09:30 – 16:30, Sat 18th Jan, 2014
Mackenzie Building Edinburgh



Saturday January 18th 2014 from 9.30 to 16.30

In this Day Conference, discover how virtual reality deals with the notion of personhood and how this impacts on our understanding of what it means to be a person. With thanks for support to The University of Edinburgh School of Law (SCRIPT Centre for IT and IP Law), The University of Edinburgh School of Infomatics, Scottish Society for Computers and Law (SSCL),the Faculty of Advocates, the Law Society of Scotland, bto Solicitors and other voluntary trustees.

Our Speakers:

Zenon Bankowski: Professor Emeritus of Legal Theory, University of Edinburgh School of Law

Judge Dredd’s Law: The Computer as a Metaphor for Law

Joanna Bryson PhD: Reader in Artificial Intelligence, University of Bath

Patiency is not a Virtue: Intelligent Artifacts and the Design of Ethical Systems

John McDade PhD: Lecturer in Theology, St Mary’s University College, Strawberry Hill

‘Imagination and the Digital Mind (what happens to the self when exposed to virtual reality

Henry Thompson: Professor of Web Informatics, School of Informatics, University of Edinburgh

'Virtual Violence: the moral status of virtual persons’

Paul Motion: Solicitor Advocate with bto Solicitors, Edinburgh, specialising in data protection

The Right to be Forgotten- an impossible pipe dream in The Internet of Things?’

Burkhard Schafer: Professor of Computational Theory, Director SCRIPT, University of Edinburgh

‘Of wicked wizards and indigo jackals: legal regulation of online identity in cultural comparative perspective’


John Sibbald, Director of the Albertus Institute, and

Iain Mitchell Q.C. Chairman of the Scottish Society for Computers and Law


Ian Thompson PhD, Philosopher & Consultant in Corporate and Applied Ethics


The Conference has been accredited for 2 hours CPD by the Faculty of Advocates, and CPD may also be available to members of the Law Society of Scotland

VENUE: The MacKenzie Building, 172 High Street, Old Assembly Close, Edinburgh

COST: £25 (including Lunch & Refreshments) £10 for students

REGISTRATION: www.albertusinstitute.org or Telephone: 0131 440 2360