The law has long dealt with attacks, accidents, dangerous actions, and defective products that cause damage to people and property through an area of civil law called torts, which addresses violations of duties and responsibilities owed to others. But do these laws work for a world filled with robots? This working group will discuss the strain that the growing number and type of drones puts on the tort system by briefly describing the purpose and established principles of tort law, possible situations and parties involved, and framing particularly challenging issues. By leading this conversation with conference participants, we hope to highlight those problems presented by drones that are the most pressing to be resolved within the American tort system.
University of Washington School of Law
NYU School of Law
Dept of Comm, Culture & Tech, Georgetown