Open Call for Papers – The Legal Dimensions of Quantum Computing

Published: November 24, 2021

Against the background of the WASP-HS project The Quantum Law project, Lund University is hosting the conference The Legal Dimensions of Quantum Computing on April 28-30, 2022. The call for papers is now open and closes on January 17.

The intricate nature of quantum computers may make them seem magical. However, quantum computers are technological tools that are affecting our lives in tangible manners. Questions of laws and quantum computing arise with respect to the design and construction of quantum computers.

– The main aim of the conference is to create a forum where people working in the area of law and quantum physics can exchange ideas in order to make a first step towards crafting a legal framework for the construction and operation of quantum computers. Compared to other technologies, quantum computing is still in its infancy so there is a real chance that a discussion of the legal and ethical implications of quantum computing can actually shape how quantum computers will be constructed and operated in the future, says Valentin Jeutner, Associate Professor at the Department of Law, Lund University, and WASP-HS Principal Investigator.

Call for Papers

The call for papers is now open and closes on January 17th, 2022. Submissions on any legal aspects of quantum computing are welcome, although a special interest is in the topics listed below.

  • Which legal norms (domestic/regional/international) apply to the construction,
    design, and operation of quantum computers by companies, states, universities?
  • Which legal strategies exist to ensure that the advent of quantum computers does
    not exacerbate already existing inequalities?
  • What is the potential of quantum computers for the digitalisation of legal processes
    and for the emerging field of computational law?
  • Are there specific legal challenges associated with the interface of quantum
    computing and artificially intelligent entities/processes?
  • What are the applicable legal norms/legal challenges with respect to quantum
    computing’s potential to revolutionise the field of financial tech?
  • Are there specific challenges concerning e.g., privacy or IP law connected with the
    utilisation of quantum computers in the biomedical/health care sector?
  • Which legal strategies are available to ensure that the advent of quantum computers
    does not lead to existing security and privacy mechanisms being undermined?
  • To which extent can law itself be equated to a quantum system, a system that
    exhibits states akin to quantum phenomena such as ‘superposition’ or

Abstracts of no more than 500 words should be submitted by e-mail to Selected speakers will be notified by January 31st, 2022.

Call for Papers


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