Artificial Intelligence Challenging Core State Functions: A Focus on Law-making and Rule-making (N. Rangone)

Nicoletta Rangone, full professor of Administrative Law at LUMSA University and Jean Monnet Professor of Better Regulation, wrote a new article titled "Artificial Intelligence Challenging Core State Functions: A Focus on Law-making and Rule-making", which was recently published in the Revista De Derecho Público (Vol. 8/2023). 

Abstract: The use of AI in the public sector is emerging around the world and its spread affects the core States functions: the administrative, the judiciary, and the legislative. Nevertheless, a comprehensive approach to AI in the life-cycle of rules - from the proposal of a new rule to its implementation, monitoring and review- is currently lacking in the rich panorama of studies from different disciplines. The analysis shows that AI has the power to play a crucial role in the life-cycle of rules, by performing time-consuming tasks, increasing access to knowledge base, and enhancing the ability of institutions to draft effective rules and to declutter the regulatory stock. However, it is not without risks, ranging from discrimination to challenges to democratic representation. In order to play a role in achieving law effectiveness while limiting the risks, a complementarity between human and AI should be reached both at the level of the AI architecture and ex-post. Moreover, an incremental and experimental approach is suggested, as well as the elaboration of a general framework, to be tailored by each regulator to the specific features of its tasks, aimed at setting the rationale, the role, and adequate guardrails to AI in the life-cycle of rules. This agile approach would allow the AI revolution to display its benefits while preventing potential harms or side effects.

Full article here.