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Criminal Liability of Autonomous Agents: From the Unthinkable to the Plausible

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The evolution of information technologies have brought us to a point where we are confronted with the existence of agents - computational entities - which are able to act autonomously with little or no human intervention. And their behavior can damage individual or collective interests that are protected by criminal law. Based on the analysis of different models of criminal responsibility of legal persons - which constituted an interesting advance in the criminal law in relation to what was hitherto traditionally accepted -, we will appraise whether the necessary legal elements to have direct criminal liability of artificial entities are present.

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  • Criminal liability
  • Software Agents
  • Autonomous agents
  • Objects
  • Legal Persons

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Freitas, P.M., Andrade, F., Novais, P. (2014). Criminal Liability of Autonomous Agents: From the Unthinkable to the Plausible. In: Casanovas, P., Pagallo, U., Palmirani, M., Sartor, G. (eds) AI Approaches to the Complexity of Legal Systems. AICOL 2013. Lecture Notes in Computer Science(), vol 8929. Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-662-45960-7_11

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