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Legislative developments in AI are expanding to SA

The first-ever interdisciplinary conference to consider the relationship between Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Law in Africa is set to take place from 3 to 5 July at the University of Cape Town, proudly sponsored by CMS.

AI and legal academics from around the globe will join the conference to unpack, among other topics, legislative developments around AI, AI in relation to cyber security, AI and corporate governance, AI’s impact on the professional services sector, as well as South Africa’s position on AI legislation compared to other regions, particularly developed countries.

The keynote will be delivered by Professor Nicolas Petit of European University Institute and Dr Melissa Omino of the European University Institute will give a plenary paper, two leading figures in discussion around AI and law. Over the course of the three days various experts will share, in plenaries, roundtable and parallel sessions, insights on the benefits and challenges of AI to the development process in Africa, examining the impact and future developments of AI in African law and beyond, and plenty more.

CMS’ involvement in the event aligns with its position as a future-facing law firm, in touch with the opportunities, challenges and nuances around AI and the law, particularly in Africa. “We are honoured and excited to be part of this seminal event,” says Zaakir Mohamed, Director, and Head of Corporate Investigations and Forensics at CMS South Africa. “In many ways, AI is still in its infancy, but we need to think and plan ahead and make sure we have the right, robust legal frameworks in place to ensure we are ready to leverage the opportunities AI will create but also to effectively manage its risks”.

Mohamed will be one of the panellists, joined by Kabelo Dlothi, Director, and Co-Head of Corporate and Commercial team, and Lebogang Molebale, Senior Associate in the Corporate and Commercial team at CMS South Africa.

“This event is important for the development of South African businesses as it equips them with the necessary tools and knowledge to grow,” says Kabelo Dlothi. “By knowing your options and being aware of the risks, you give your business and yourself room for opportunity and development.”

For more information, please visit the CMS website and UCT website.