Ethics by design in AI

  • Research
Published on June 5, 2023 Updated on January 14, 2024

from June 8, 2023 to June 9, 2023

Paris, Université Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne, 17 rue de la Sorbonne, Salle Lalande (Stair C, 2nd floor, right corridor, Lalande Room).

Theoretical and practical perspectives

international and interdisciplinary workshop

As Ms. Gabriela Ramos, DGA of UNESCO, wrote:
"to move towards technologies that are 'ethical by design', on 23 Nov 2021, 193 UNESCO member States have adopted the historic ' Recommendation on the Ethics of AI' to fulfill these exact demands". 

However, conceptual contours of ethics by design have yet to be explored since the first definitional work conducted in 2019 in the seminal article "What does Ethical by Design mean?" (Vanessa Nurock, Raja Chatila, Marie-Hélène Parizeau, in Reflections on Artificial Intelligence for Humanity ed. By B. Braunschweig & M. Ghallab, Springer, 2021 p. 176-195.) 

This is what we propose to do by adopting an approach that is both theoretical and practical. This interdisciplinary and international workshop is the first of a series on the ethics by design of AI. It aims at exploring various approaches which show a « family resemblance » to ethics by design, in order to elaborate philosophically the concept and to test it with regard to two examples: education and health. 

It will be followed by a working session on the implementation of the UNESCO recommendation on the ethics of AI. 

Free admission, booking required by e-mail before June 7:


Thursday, June 8

Thursday, June 8, 10 AM-5.00 PM: Theoretical Perspectives on Ethics by Design

Morning 10-12 AM

10-10.30: Welcome and opening remarks
10.00-10:30:Ambassador Veronika Stabej (Ministry of Foreign and European Affairs of the Republic of Slovenia): opening remarks

Chair: John Shawe Taylor
10.30-11.00: Marie-Hélène Parizeau (Université Laval, Québec, Canada) Ethics by Design: new perspectives
11.00-11.30: Vanessa Nurock (CRHI, Université Côte d’Azur, France & UNESCO EVA Chair) Ethics by design as a crossroad
11.30-12.00: Discussion

12.00AM-1.45PM: Lunch

Afternoon : 1.45PM-5PM

Chair: Marie-Hélène Parizeau
1.45-2.15: Damien Lacroux (CRHI, Université Côte d’Azur) Ethics by design: a 2.0 provisional morality?
2.15-2.45: Anthony Masure (HEAD, Genève, HES-SO) Discipline and prescribe: ethics by design in the AI era
2.45-3.15: Discussion

3.15-3.30: Break

Chair: Mitja Jermol
3.30-4.00: Colin de la Higuera (Université de Nantes, UNESCO Chair RELIA) AI and education: the difficulty of aligning
4.00-4.30: John Shawe Taylor (IRCAI, UCL, UNESCO Chair in AI)
4.30-5.00: Discussion


Friday, June 9 

Friday, June 9, 10 AM-5.30 PM : Ethical issues in case studies from Education and Healthcare

Morning 10 AM-12 AM: Case studies from Education and discussion

Chair: Colin de la Higuera
Mitja Jermol (IRCAI, UNESCO Chair on Open Technologies for Open Educational Resources and Open Education)
Tel Amiel (Universidade de Brasília, UNESCO Chair in Distance Education) Platformization, public values and stakeholder agency in the adoption of AI in education
James Katz (Boston University) Ethical design issues arising from large language models in education settings

12AM-2PM: Lunch

Afternoon: 2PM-5.30 PM

2-2.45: Case study from Healthcare and discussion

Chair: Michèle Barbier (INRIA, Université Côte d’Azur)
Paola Ulivi, (Translational Oncology Unit, Biosciences Laboratory, IRCCS, Istituto Romagnolo per lo Studio de Tumori "Dino Amadori", IRST, Meldola, Italy): MIRACLE project- Artificial Intelligence for lung cancer and application of an Ethics by Design approach

2.45-3.45: Implementation of the UNESCO Recommendation on the Ethics of Artificial Intelligence and discussion

Chair: Valentine Bailly (CRHI, Université Côte d’Azur, Université Laval)
Doaa Abu-Elyounes, Program Specialist Ethics of AI, Bioethics and Ethics of Science, SHS Sector, UNESCO.

3.45-4.00: Break

4.00-5.30: General discussion



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UNESCO EVA chair and UNESCO Chair on AI.

With the support of : CRHI, Idex, 3IA Université Côte d’Azur, IRCAI, Université Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne ISJPS équipe EXeCO, MIRACLE project, ERAPerMed (Grant n. ERP-2021-23680708).

With the support of Valentine Bailly (CRHI, Université Côte d'Azur, UNESCO EVA chair).
From June 8, 2023 10:00 AM to June 9, 2023 5:30 PM