Date: Thursday, December 30, 2021

Time: 1pm – 2pm (Hong Kong Time) on Zoom

Speaker: Chakravarthy Naik (Assistant Professor, Alliance University School of Law)

Abstract: Person, derived from ‘persona’, simply means a mask. However, with progress in time, the meaning of the term ‘person’ now stands evolved. Legal persons, otherwise known as artificial, juristic or fictitious persons, have a real existence, but their personality is fictitious. The idea behind the grant of legal personhood is to safeguard human interests. The shift in granting legal personhood rises in ‘environmental personhood’ from anthropocentric to eco-centric approach. At the same time, the basic idea of legal personality is evolving and demands a grant of personhood to superior technologies like that of artificial intelligence (AI). The viability of the grant of personhood to AI is a good question.

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