Shook, Hardy & Bacon Public Policy Group Co-Chair Victor Schwartz participated in a June 14, 2017, symposium at The George Washington University Law School on “Driverless Cars: The Legal Landscape.” The program brought together experts on legal liability, cyber-security, data privacy, and antitrust law, along with industry representatives, federal and state officials with experience in regulation of motor vehicles, and auto safety advocates. The conference explored whether policymakers and the courts can strike a proper balance between protecting the public while not unduly stifling innovation.
As a nationally recognized tort law scholar, Schwartz participated on a panel focused on the potential regulatory and liability issues surrounding driverless cars, also known as autonomous vehicles. Other panelists included high-profile plaintiff’s lawyers and consumer activists.
A section of a report co-authored by Shook Public Policy Group Partners Cary Silverman and Phil Goldberg addressing the liability issues involving autonomous vehicles and other emerging technologies was distributed at the program.
The program drew over 250 attendees including judges, law professors, practicing lawyers, and legislative staff.
Video of the program will be made available after the event on the conference website.