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Welcome to Peking University Law School's ROBOLAW.ASIA Initiative

ROBOLAW.ASIA | YSAiL Initiative for Robotics, Law & Policy was founded in 2012 at Beijing's Changchunyuan under an academic agreement between Peking University Institute for Internet Law and EU FP7 Project: ROBOLAW. Two Co-founders of the ROBOLAW.ASIA Initiative are Prof. Dr. Ping Zhang and Dr. Yueh-Hsuan Weng, currently Dr. Weng is also the Coordinator who is incharge of promoting the interdisciplinary research for law & robotics from Beijing into the world.
Since 2004, the Japanese Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry has published a series of Robot Policy Guidelines which address business and safety issues for Next Generation Robots. They predicted a Human-Robot Coexistence Society that will emerge by 2030. However, it is a step-by-step gradual process for these robots entering into the everyday lives of people. We believe that intelligent robots will be the next revolutionary technology after PCs and the Internet.
Therefore, we established ROBOLAW.ASIA Initiative to investigate the intersection between artificial intelligence & law. Our main objective is to minimize risks from robots to an acceptable range. Currently we are working in close cooperation with the EU FP7 Project: ROBOLAW and Humanoid Robotics Institute, Waseda University. In addition, another objective of ROBOLAW.ASIA Initiative is to understand how the AI technology might enhance academic research and judicial practice of law.



  • Director, Prof. Dr. Ping Zhang: Co-founder of ROBOLAW.ASIA Initiative; Director and Professor of Intellectual Property Law, Institute for Internet Law, Peking University Law School [HP]
  • Coordinator, Dr. Yueh-Hsuan Weng: Co-founder of ROBOLAW.ASIA Initiative; Ph.D in Law, Peking University Law School; Visiting Researcher, Humanoid Robotics Institute, Waseda University; SEN Member, EU FP7 Project: ROBOLAW [HP]
  • Research Fellow, Prof. Dr. R. van den Hoven van Genderen: Ph.D. in Law, University of Amsterdam; Director and Associate Professor, Center for Law and Internet (CLI), VU University Amsterdam; Attorney-at-Law, Switch Legal [HP]
  • Research Fellow, Dr. Dominic Hillenbrand: Dr.-Ing, Karlsruhe Institute of Technology; Humboldt Fellow, Alexander von Humboldt Foundation; JSPS Postdoctoral Fellow, Kasahara Lab, Waseda University; Visiting Scholar, The Computer Laboratory, University of Cambridge [HP]
  • Research Fellow, Dr. Pericle Salvini: Ph.D. in Robotics, IMT Lucca; Postdoctoral Fellow, Scuola Superiore Sant'Anna; Project Manager, EU FP7 Project: ROBOLAW [HP]
  • Guest Editor, Ms. Diane Chiang: Industrial Designer, Art Center College of Design, USA
  • Research Assistant, Ms. Yuan Mu: LL.M. & LL.B, Peking University
  • Research Assistant, Mr. Han Li: M.A. & LL.B, Peking University

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Ph.D. Dissertation Supervisors

  • Prof. Dr. Shigong Jiang: Professor, Peking University Law School; Executive Director, Center for Hong Kong and Macau Studies, Peking University [HP]
  • Prof. Dr. Atsuo Takanishi: Professor and Director, Humanoid Robotics Institute, Waseda University; President, The Robotics Society of Japan [HP]
  • Yueh-Hsuan Weng's Ph.D. Dissertation: ?The Study of Safety Governance for Service Robots: On Open-Texture Risk?. [Download]


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