Call For Papers: Singapore Academy of Law Journal Special Issue on Artificial Intelligence and Data Governance



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Singapore Academy of Law Journal

Call For Papers
Singapore Academy of Law Journal Special Issue on Artificial Intelligence and Data Governance

- Yihan Goh, SC. Dean, Singapore Management University Yong Pung How School of Law
- Mark Findlay. Professorial Research Fellow and Director, SMU Centre for AI and Data Governance

Jane Loo, Ong Li Min & Nydia Remolina

Abstract submission deadline: 7th November 2021
Notification of acceptance: 20th November 2021
Manuscript submission deadline: 1st April 2022
Offer to publish, subject to revisions: 29th April 2022
Submission final versions: 15th May 2022

We invite contributions to a Special Issue on AI Governance, to be published by the Singapore Academy of Law Journal (“SAcLJ”). SAcLJ is a peer-reviewed journal of legal articles relevant to Singapore and the common law legal systems. This special issue focuses on Artificial Intelligence and Data Governance.

Despite the many benefits offered by Artificial Intelligence (“AI”) and big data, their use and deployment raise a variety of ethical and governance challenges that in turn promote considerations of law’s regulatory relevance. AI and data governance is an interdisciplinary emerging field, and attendant studies chart the risks and responsibilities associated with the use of algorithms and big data in decision making processes that affect society on a communal and individual levels across different sectors. As such, AI and Data Governance confronts and addresses real and present, apprehended and often misunderstood applications and intersections of AI with humans in society and business/market ethics, as well as public and private administration. Accordingly, AI and data governance proposes ways to understand and manage the responsible, ethical sustainable use of this disruptive technology.

The purpose of this special issue is to present the latest developments in AI and Data Governance in Singapore and beyond that contribute to ensuring AI-assisted technology and the data it engages promote and enhance our preferred visions of society and recurrent life contexts such as work, urban living, service provision, rights protection and human-centric digitization.

This special issue, like its subjects, recognize that informed critical debate about AI and Data Governance cannot be confined to disciplinary or professional silos. With this understanding contributions are invited from scholars, practitioners, commentators and policy analysts whose backgrounds and critical frames encompass any aspect of regulation, governance, AI in society, and mass data use.

TOPICS: Topics of interest include but are not limited to:
- Governance issues related to AI and data management (Fairness, transparency, accountability, explainability and other ethical challenges)
- Governance challenges associated with the rise of cyberpower, Big Tech and public-private collaborations
- Role of private law in governing AI and data, e.g. the relevance of competition law
- The merging of private and public governance fields stimulated through mass data sharing
- AI Governance in specific sectors and industries
- Critical evaluation of existing or upcoming AI Governance initiatives nationally or globally
- Intersection between data protection laws and AI Governance
- Digital Self Determination and data subject empowerment
- The governance of AI in Smart Cities
- Challenges of Embedding AI in Society
- Integrating ethics into AI decision making, AI creation/modeling, AI deployment and AI monitoring, including trustworthy robotics/technology
- Comparative approaches to AI governance and an ‘Asian Perspective’
- AI and the Future of the Legal Profession and the Administration of Justice’
- Data commodification and trading
- Digital finance and governance challenges
- Smart contracting and blockchain security
- Computational law and governance
- AI, sustainable development and global crises

PAPER SUBMISSION PROCEDURE: The call will evolve in three stages:
1. Following the general invitation to submit abstracts by 7th November 2021, the editors/editorial committee will invite successful applicants to post completed draft papers by 1st April 2022.
2. These papers will be reviewed by the editors/editorial committee and where appropriate an invitation to publish will be offered, subject to revisions, by 29th April 2022.
3. Drafts will be reviewed and the revision process should be completed by authors no later than 15th May 2022.

By submitting your article, you acknowledge that it has not (in its current of modified form) been previously published or made available elsewhere in any other academic or professional journal, in English nor in any other language, and that it is not under consideration for publication elsewhere. The contribution of the author(s) should be original work and not violate any existing copyright.

In general, articles should not exceed 10,000 words in length and follow the journal’s house style.

Your manuscript (accompanied by a 100-word abstract) may be submitted to the Editor via e-mail to

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