Dr. Eduard Fosch-Villaronga

Marie Skłodowska-Curie Postdoctoral Researcher
eLaw Center for Law and Digital Technologies
Leiden University, The Netherlands

This policy paper comes as a result of the fellowship of the author Dr. Fosch-Villaronga at the Flemish Knowledge Center for Data & Society (CDS) and the Centre for IT & IP Law (CiTiP) of the University KU Leuven, December 3-8, 2019.

This vision paper maps some of the potential benefits and adverse effects of healthcare robots and AI technologies to help steer the development and use of policies concerning AI and robot technologies in care settings in the appropriate direction. Some thoughtful policy recommendations geared towards ensuring effective healthcare robot legal oversight and the promotion of the responsible development of these technologies close the vision paper in the hope that this will inform the policy debate surrounding the regulation of AI in Flanders.

The views expressed in this paper are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the views or policies of the Knowledge Center Data & Society or CiTiP. The paper aims to contribute to the existing debate on AI.

About the author

Dr. Fosch-Villaronga, is a Marie Skłodowska-Curie Postdoctoral Researcher at the eLaw Center for Law and Digital Technologies at Leiden University (NL). Eduard is the co-leader of the Ethical, Legal and Societal Aspects Working Group at the H2020 Cost Action 16116 on Wearable Robots. Eduard investigates the legal and ethical aspects of healthcare robot and AI technologies and is interested in responsible innovation, human-robot interaction, and the future of law. Previously, he worked as a postdoc at the Microsoft Cloud Computing Research Center at Queen Mary University of London (UK, 2018) and the University of Twente (NL, 2017). Eduard holds an Erasmus Mundus Joint Doctorate (EMJD) in Law, Science, and Technology coordinated from University of Bologna (IT, 2017), an LL.M. from University of Toulouse (FR, 2012), an M.A. from the Autonomous University of Madrid (ES), and LL.B. from the Autonomous University of Barcelona (CAT, 2011). Eduard is also a qualified lawyer in Spain.