Tort Law and AI – Vicarious Liability

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AI will disrupt the existing tort settlement. Tort law should be tech-impartial – that is, it should not encourage or discourage the adoption of new technologies where they generate the same level of risk, and victim rights should not be eroded by the use of new technologies in place of existing systems of work. Existing tort law is poorly suited to address some AI challenges, and a liability gap will emerge as systems replace employees since AI does not have legal personality and cannot commit a tort. A form of AI statutory vicarious liability should apply in commercial settings to address the liability gap and as the tech-impartial solution.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationThe Cambridge Handbook of Private Law and Artificial Intelligence
EditorsErnest Lim, Phillip Morgan
Place of PublicationCambridge
PublisherCambridge University Press, UK
Number of pages37
ISBN (Electronic)9781108980197
ISBN (Print)9781108845595
Publication statusAccepted/In press - 20 Feb 2024


  • AI
  • Artificial Intelligence
  • Tort
  • Torts
  • Vicarious Liability
  • Negligence
  • Product Liability
  • Accidents
  • Technology Law
  • AI Law

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