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Dr Ozlem Ulgen

Reader in International Law and Ethics

School of Law
0121 331 5547

Dr Ozlem Ulgen is Reader in International Law and Ethics in the School of Law. She holds a PhD from the University of Nottingham and her research interests lie in the area of regulation of artificial intelligence and robotics. She specialises in moral and legal philosophy covering weapons law, international humanitarian law, and public international law. She has an extensive research and publications record, including published works on cosmopolitan ethics in warfare, Kantian ethics and human dignity in the age of artificial intelligence and robotics, and the law and ethics of autonomous weapons. Ozlem is regularly called to speak at conferences and expert panels, and is guest lecturer at the Asser Institute Winter Academy on Artificial Intelligence and International Law.

Ozlem is involved in several pioneering international standard-setting and regulatory initiatives in the area of emerging technologies. She is Chair of the Accountability Expert Focus Group for IEEE Ethics Certification Programme for Autonomous and Intelligent Systems (ECPAIS), developing the world’s first accountability requirements for ethical certification of autonomous and intelligent systems in the public and private sectors. She is involved in drafting legal and ethical rules at the UN Group of Governmental Experts on Lethal Autonomous Weapons Systems, and has produced reports defining lethal autonomous weapons systems, identifying human control elements in weapons systems, and reviewing regulatory models. Ozlem is also an expert member of IEEE Standards Working Groups P7007 Ontological Standard for Ethically Driven Robotics and Automation Systems, and P7000 Model Process for Addressing Ethical Concerns During System Design. She was involved in drafting the chapter on Classical Ethics and A/IS for IEEE’s, a global treatise of high-level ethical principles, key issues, and practical recommendations intended to inform the public, engineers, policy makers, and manufacturers of autonomous and intelligent systems.

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