Responsibility Matters Workshop Series: AI & Moral Responsibility

Responsibility Matters Workshop Series (RMWS) invites academics, researchers, industry practitioners, policy makers and NGO representatives to share research findings, prospective projects, field analysis or broad societal concerns revolving around the topic of responsibility.

The year-based event is a forum for open debate of ideas and proposals coming from various research fields as diverse as philosophy, law, computer science, biology, sociology, history or economics, fostering cross-border collaboration between academia and public, private and nongovernmental sectors.

Given the complex nature of responsibility, with its retrospective and prospective dimensions, situated at the intersection of causal, agential, role-based duties and social, moral, legal contexts, the RMWS aims to bring together various pieces of the puzzle through interdisciplinary dialogue between cutting-edge reasarch and practice.

2021 topic of Responsibility Matters Workshop Series: AI & Moral Responsibility

The 2021 debut edition of the Responsibility Matters Workshop Series focuses on Artificial Intelligence and moral responsibility. We are technically on the verge of deploying self-driving cars, autonomous weapon systems, robotic caregivers or artificial companions.

But the perspective of scaling up such AI systems raises several ethical concerns. Who is morally responsible for the decisions taken by highly autonomous AI systems in these various domains? Whom do we blame for the effects generated by these artificial entities on the roads, in military conflicts, medical settings or even in our homes?

How can our current ethical frameworks make sense of AI moral responsibility? These are the main questions that drive researchers into open debate on a timely and pressing topic of the decade: AI & moral responsibility.

When: October 21, 16.00-20.00hrs EET (Bucharest time)

Where: online, via Zoom platform

Connection info:, Meeting ID: 986 8884 5951

Who: Keynote speakers: prof. Roger Crisp (St. Anne’s College, Oxford); prof. Julian Savulescu (Oxford Uehiro Centre for Practical Ethics)

Guest speakers: Andreas Theodorou – (Umeå University), Emilian Mihailov (ENHATEC project, University of Bucharest)

CoMoRe team: Cristina Voinea, Radu Uszkai, Constantin Vică, Mihaela Constantinescu


Responsibility Matters Workshop Series: AI & Moral Responsibility 

21 October, 2021 (online event)

16:00-16:10  Welcome note

Session I

16:10-16.50 Keynote: Roger Crisp (St. Anne’s College, Oxford)  – AI and Moral Responsibility

16:50-17:15 Guest: Andreas Theodorou (Umeå University) – Ethics for, by, in design

17:15-17:40 Cristina Voinea & Constantin Vică (Research Center in Applied Ethics, CoMoRe) – Me and my Robot, Best Friends Forever!

17:40-18:00 Break 

Session II

18:00-18:40 Keynote: Julian Savulescu (Oxford Uehiro Centre for Practical Ethics)  – AI and Drs’ Moral Responsibility         

18:40-19:05 Guest: Emilian Mihailov (Research Center in Applied Ethics, University of Bucharest) – Reliability and Trust in AI

19:05-19:30 Mihaela Constantinescu & Radu Uszkai (Research Center in Applied Ethics, CoMoRe) – Artificial Moral Advisors & Moral Responsibility

19:30-20:00 General Q&A, Final remarks   




Roger Crisp is Uehiro Fellow and Tutor in Philosophy, at St Anne’s College, Oxford, Professor of Moral Philosophy at the University of Oxford, and Honorary Professor at the Dianoia Institute of Philosophy at the Australian Catholic University. He is the author of Mill on Utilitarianism (1997), Reasons and the Good (2006), The Cosmos of Duty: Henry’s Sidgwick’s Methods of Ethics (2015), and Sacrifice Regained: Morality and Self-interest in the British Moralists from Hobbes to Bentham (2019). He has translated Aristotle’s Nicomachean Ethics for Cambridge University Press, and edited the Oxford Handbook of the History of Ethics.

Julian Savulescu is an award-winning ethicist and moral philosopher. Trained in neuroscience, medicine, and philosophy, he has held the Uehiro Chair in Practical Ethics at the University of Oxford since 2002. In 2003, he founded the Oxford Uehiro Centre for Practical Ethics and co-directs the Wellcome Centre for Ethics and Humanities. He is Distinguished Visiting Professorial Fellow at Murdoch Children’s Research institute and Melbourne Law School, where he directs the Biomedical Ethics Research Group. He is a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Health and Medical Sciences and received an honorary doctorate from the University of Bucharest.


Andreas Theodorou is a Research Fellow of Responsible Artificial Intelligence (AI) at  Umeå University and the CEO of the start-up VeRAI AB. His research focuses on the understanding and mitigation of the ethical, legal, and cultural issues and challenges that arise from integrating AI into our societies. In parallel to his research, Andreas is an active member of various AI policy initiatives. He has held teaching, research, and visiting research positions at the University of Bath, University of Surrey, and Georgia Institute of Technology. He completed his doctoral thesis, titled “AI Governance Through a Transparency Lens”, in Bryson’s group at the University of Bath.

Emilian Mihailov is the director of the Research Centre in Applied Ethics (CCEA) and lecturer at the Faculty of Philosophy, University of Bucharest. His research interests are neuroethics, bioethics, and philosophical moral psychology. He has published on the ethics of enhancement and experimental bioethics in leading journals such as American Journal of Bioethics, Science and Engineering Ethics, Bioethics, Consciousness & Cognition. Emilian is the director of the ENHATEC project. His main objective will be to explore the ethical issues raised by the technology of gene editing and how moral enhancement can address the existential threat of climate change.

CoMoRe Project Team