JUNE, 2014


Regulating Emerging Robotic Technologies in Europe:
Robotics facing Law and Ethics

Project No.: 289092
Start date: March 1st, 2012
Duration: 27 Months
Funding scheme: Collaborative project
EU Financial Contribution: 1.497.966 EUR

RoboLaw Project Results

RoboLaw Stakeholders Network

In order to explore the topic of RoboLaw and to prioritize the ethical, legal and social requirements of emerging robotics research and applications, the RoboLaw project relies on the active participation of stakeholders who are directly involved and potentially interested in issues of regulation of robotic technologies.

Several Stakeholder Categories have been identified within the RoboLaw project.

Stakeholders will have the possibility to share their opinions and perspectives on regulatory issues concerning robotics by participating in Meetings or by taking part in Surveys. The results of surveys and meetings will be included in an official document, entitled “Guidelines on Regulating Robotics” (D6.1), which will be delivered by the RoboLaw consortium to the European Commission at the end of the project (February 2014). The document will contain recommendations on how to regulate emerging robotics technologies and should help the European Commission to address the ethical and legal concerns regarding robotics research and applications.

If you would like to participate in one of the next meetings or participate in a survey, please click here

We do hope that you will not lose the chance to give your contribution to the development of a European Regulatory Framework on Robotics!

Below is the list of the categories of stakeholders identified so far within the RoboLaw project:

  • Robotics producers (in the field of: assistive, industrial, medical, and logistics robotics)

  • Employers (i.e. owners of factories in which robots are deployed )

  • Insurance companies (in the field of: assistive, industrial, medical and logistics robotics)

  • Trade-unions

  • Users associations (e.g. care givers, disabled, cyborgs, consumers, etc.)

  • Professional users (at the moment this category consists of practitioners in robotic surgery only)

  • Standards associations (i.e. ISO)

  • Policy Makers

  • Researchers

  • Defense and military

The goal of the meetings is to discuss the priorities - in terms of technologies, services, or research applications – that would need to be addressed from the legal and ethical standpoints. The inputs gathered during the meetings will be included in the recommendations that the RoboLaw project will prepare for the European Commission.
Below is a list of the meetings schedule:

  • 1st Stakeholders meeting June 25th, 2013 – Reading, U.K.
    Stakeholder categories represented:
    Producers of robotic prosthesis, carers and disabled associations, researchers in human enhancement, drone strategies, vehicular technologies and innovation and regulation.

  • 2nd Stakeholders meeting October 29th, 2013 – Munich, Germany
    Stakeholder categories represented:
    Insurance and automotive companies, cyborg associations, trade unions and practitioners in robotic surgery.

  • 3rd Stakeholders meeting January, 2014 – Pisa, Italy (to be confirmed)

Specific questionnaires have been prepared in order to collect inputs from each category of stakeholders. The questionnaires are available on-line and have been sent via email to individual stakeholders. Results from the survey will be used in the official document containing guidelines on regulating robotics, which will be delivered to the European Commission at the end of the project. We would very much appreciate if you will take some time to reply to the questionnaire. Please click on the link that corresponds to your profile/profession to access the on-line survey:

Users Associations

  • Disabled People Associations

  • Care Givers Associations

  • Insurance companies

  • Insurance companies with an interest in medical robotics

  • Insurance companies with an interest in self-driving cars

  • Insurance companies with an interest in industrial robotics

  • Insurance companies with an interest in assistive robotics

  • Producers of robots

  • Producers of assistive robots

  • Producers of industrial robots

  • Producers of medical robots

  • Trade Unions

  • Trade Unions

  • Professional Users

  • Surgeons

  • Employers

  • Owners of factories in which robots are deployed