Legal Personhood and Hybrid Life

When:16 May 2017, 1pm - 2pm
Venue:Morven Brown 310 (map ref C20)
Who:Marc De Leeuw (UNSW, Law)
Marc De Leeuw

Philosophy Seminar

Abstract

In law you are either a person or a thing. New technologies rapidly blur this distinction. Artificial intelligence, driverless cars, care robots, and synthetically created life forms undermine the standard binary of organic and inorganic life, of things and persons. Questions of legal responsibility, ownership over hybrid entities, and the beginning and end of human or artificial life forms are radically changing our current definition of legal standing and personhood. This paper is a first tentative exploration (part of a larger research project with Miguel Vatter and Vanessa Lemm) focussed on the hybridization of life forms and its legal consequences. Its wider aim is to develop a new legal taxonomy to clarify the rights and obligations of new hybrid life forms emerging from technological and bioscientific innovations.

About Marc De Leeuw

Marc De Leeuw is Senior Lecturer in the School of Law at UNSW Sydney. He previously lectured philosophy at Macquarie University and was a Junior Visiting Fellow at the Center for Cultural Sociology at Yale. His work engages both with the so-called continental and analytical traditions while focusing on questions of human agency, epistemological practices and ethics. His projects are often interdisciplinary and examine the intersection between the ethico-political and moral-legal fields. De Leeuw is the author of Homo Capax. Paul Ricoeur’s Renewal of Philosophical Anthropology (forthcoming), and is currently working on a new book In Search for the Just-Paul Ricoeur’s Philosophy of Law, as well as developing a new research project The Biology of Law. For more information on Marc De Leeuw and his work, see http://www.law.unsw.edu.au/profile/marc-de-leeuw

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