Robot in our lives: Presentation of the Green Paper on Robotics and Law

Workshop, 6th March, 08:30 

Focusing on the 'green paper' made with contributions from experts in laws, social sciences, ethics, philosophy and robotics, this workshop will present the effort made to define a roadmap trying to overcome the ethical, legal, and societal issues in robotics.


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The development of robotics in Europe cannot be made without wondering whether society is ready to accept to have robots at home or at work. This goes through questions about ethical, legal and societal issues. 

In particular, from a legal point of view, it is necessary to highlight that laws and regulations are different among the European countries and this lack of homogeneity for certification organisms in Europe implies a multiplicity of rules that hinder the development of service robotics. Comparing to US, where the legislation is reduced, the European legislation appears to be quite heavy obstructing innovation.  Japan, US and Korea all appear to have much lighter regulations than Europe. Legislation should be a tool helping the innovation and should define clear rules to follow, it should anticipate or go with the emergence of some technologies and not only wait for the technologies to appear before saying they are not legal.

The workshop will present the effort made to define a roadmap trying to overcome the ELS issues. The workshop specially dedicates to Legal issues in robotics and the "green paper" resulting from work made in the last years with experts in laws, social sciences, ethics, philosophy and robotics. The objective of the workshop is to debate about these results with the participants and to ask for their contributions and feedback.

Agenda & Speakers

08:30 - 08:45

Introduction to euRobotics Workpackage on Ethical, Legal and Societal Issues (C. LEROUX - R. LABRUTO)

08:45 - 09:15

Presentation of euRobotics Green Paper

09:15 - 09:35

Hilgendorf's team speech

09:35 - 09:55

Santosuosso's team speech

09:55 - 10:25


10:25 - 10.30

Conclusion and further actions

Key topics

  • Societal impact of robotics

Workshop category

  • Presentations
  • Debate


  • Dr. Christophe Leroux, CEA LIST, Department of Ambient Intelligence and System Integration, Interactive Robotics Laboratory (France),
  • Dr. Roberto Labruto, Alenia Aermacchi - A Finmeccanica Company (Italy),

Planned follow-up

After the workshop, we will use the information gathered to improve the euRobotics Deliverable on ELS issues and the Green Paper on robotics and law. The participants, if they agree, will be kept informed on the further activities.

Further information 

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The European Robotics Forum, organized by the European robotic networks EURON, EUROP, the euRobotics Coordination Action and hosted by The Danish Technological Institute, is in the field of robotics the meeting point for engineers, scientists and business people from all over Europe. The event will take place from 5-7 March 2012 in Odense, Denmark. 

More than 300 robotics researchers from industry and academia, as well as entrepreneurs and public investors, are expected to discuss the latest developments, research challenges and business opportunities for European robotics. 
This year's theme of the European Robotics Forum is "European Robotics towards new horizons".

For more information, registration for the forum, and to become an exhibitor, please visit the official European Robotics Forum 2012 website at