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Artificial Intelligence Summer Course

25-29 JULY 2022

ELGS Summer  Course

ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE:  Α philosophical and legal discourse on AI.

In collaboration with the NKUA Applied Philosophy Research Laboratory



• A week-long program focusing on the contemporary philosophical and legal discussion on artificial intelligence (AI)
• Provides a deep understanding of the development and adaptation of AI in pivotal incarnations of human activity like healthcare, military operations, politics, the judiciary system or even artistic creation
• The program combines theory and practice, providing specific tools for analyzing AI
• Meet key academics and experts working in the field


Artificial Intelligence (AI) already has a significant effect on the way we live our lives, we work and the way we understand our place in our universe. AI influences and even shapes our lives in multiple and crucial ways. Recent advances in technology have produced a new generation of machines and systems that learn from experience. They do not do just what they are planned to. They can operate in a manner that is not prepared. The unexpectedness of their actions raises questions regarding the nature of these machines. Are they truly intelligent? Could they ever become conscious or even super-intelligent? In their turn, these ontological questions are usually linked to questions of a regulatory nature. Should we trust them and integrate them into all aspects of human life and action, even into the ones that are most sensitive and crucial for our survival? Should we grant them a moral status or are they just property? Which is their legal status? It is this link between ontological and regulatory questions which then brings forth epistemological questions. How could we know the true nature AI systems? Is this knowledge regarding the ontology of AI systems a necessary presupposition for answering the regulatory questions? Thus, we end up with a quite complex matrix of questions while the need for convincing answers becomes more and more pressing as the pace in which AI is developed and adopted grows faster.

Moreover, AI has gained extreme publicity and popularity, attracting the interest of both academia and the media. It has become one of the most debated topics of scientific, political and social dialogue. We’ve ended up with two ways in which AI popularity is enhanced: the science fiction and mass media fuss of over-optimistic expectancies or over-pessimistic concerns and the scientific focus as result of an educated understanding of the positive and negative possibilities involved in the AI phenomenon. Nevertheless, both these stances are fuelling people’s attention to AI. But above all, it is our everyday interaction with AI that makes AI such an attractive topic. It is through this everyday interaction and friction that all kinds of important questions are raised in people’s minds making them wanting to learn and talk about AI.

Course aim / Key questions:

Artificial Intelligence raises perplexing questions of philosophical, deontological and socio-economic nature. Participants will learn the ethical, political and legal aspects or implications of the use of Artificial Intelligence (AI).

• What is the human mind and how it differs from the way machines seem to think.
• What differentiates us from them? Are we truly different?
• Are machines going to imitate or even exceed the human mind in ways beyond numerical calculation?
• Should we try to control them in order to prevent a possible destruction of our species or should we let them ‘grow’ free so that we can then harvest the crops of a fruitful and ingenious self-development of theirs?
• How these machines, systems, robots should be treated from a moral point of view?
• Who should be held responsible for their actions?
• Should machines have rights?
• Should machines be granted with the right to make life or death decisions in military and security operations?
• Can machines be true artists?
• How are they going to affect the work environment, job creation and income distribution?
• Can we argue about a “good governance” of AI?
• Is our legal system updated enough and prepared for the challenges raised by the AI phenomenon?
• Should governments try to regulate the development and use of AI? If yes, how?

Learning outcomes:

By the end of the summer school participants are expected to have obtained a sufficient level of knowledge and understanding regarding:

  •  the basic philosophical and legal concepts related to the analysis of AI
  • the most popular philosophical and legal arguments of the AI debate.
  • the existing and potential AI implications as well as their difference.
  • the new challenges of the concept of cross-cultural cooperation on AI ethics and governance
  • why AI can be a tool in the hands of a variety of stakeholders, including political leaders
  • the moral and legal implications of their everyday encounters with AI applications.
  • the validity or not of the claims made by AI developers, enthusiasts and skeptics regarding the ways in which AI is going to shape our lives.


The summer school program is offered in English.

Addressed to:

The program is open to postgraduate students and PhD researchers from various disciplines  such as Philosophy, Law, Computer Science providing them with a basic background on AI , but is also addressed to senior researchers, policy analysts, lawyers and legal experts, civil servants, members of civil society organizations, AI practitioners, and other professionals with an interest in broadening their understanding of AI and its impact on society.


1. Online cost: 330 euros
2. In situ cost: 380 euros

How to Apply:

Applicants should submit an updated CV and letter of motivation in English to summerschools@elgs.eu or contact us to +30 211 311 0 671 by July 15, 2022.


2022 Instructors and Schedule

Evangelos D. Protopapadakis

Course leader, Associate Professor of Applied Ethics at the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens

Erinakis Nikos

Ph.D. in Philosophy [Universities of London and Oxford], Economics [AUEB], Philosophy and Comparative Literature [Warwick] and Philosophy of the Social Sciences [LSE].

Kosteletos George

Research Fellow at The NKUA Applied Philosophy Research Laboratory and academic fellow at the University Mental Health Research Institute (NKUA).

Papageorgiou Charalambos

Associate Professor at the European University of Cyprus (EUC).

Papadopoulou Dora

Resident Lecturer, Political Science, Political Theory, BA and MA Coordinator, EPLO /ELGS.

Papalois Apostolos

Head of the Education and Translational Research, HEAL Academy, Hellenic Healthcare Group.

Rethymiotaki Helen

Associate professor at the Faculty of Law of the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens and a former Member and Chairing of National Bioethics Committee


Students are invited to secure their own accommodation and transportation, or may opt for an accommodation package that is provided through the EPLO.
Participants will be accommodated at the seaside premises of the EPLO at Sounion, Greece or at a partner hotel. Accommodation is on a first-come-first-serve basis and students interested in this package should inquire at summerschools@elgs.eu


• The program takes place at EPLO facilities in Sounion, one hour away from Athens by car, overlook the Aegean Sea and are located by the bay of Cape Sounion, where the ancient Temple of Poseidon rests.
• Participants will have access to EPLO facilities, which include a resource library, study room, and sports facilities.
• Students are encouraged to bring a laptop in order to study relevant references and reading material including and presentations used by the speakers.