Liability for harms caused by artificial intelligence in healthcare


  • Dr Jeffrey Skopek

    University of Cambridge

Project summary

How will legal liability be assigned when an artificial intelligence (AI) system causes harm? Does the law need reform? We will explore these questions related to healthcare, providing an analysis of liability related to harms caused by the use of AI in clinical care.

Our analysis will focus on three different types of law — negligence, product liability, and AI-specific legislation — each of which raises legal and normative questions that have received insufficient attention. We will produce a report explaining the legal landscape for a multidisciplinary audience. We will also analyse the contours of the landscape and the potential pathways for reforming the law to serve different policy goals.

This study will lead to a grant proposal for a multi-year research programme to examine in more detail some of the under-theorised questions identified by this project.