PhD in Private Law

Governance and Legal Regulation, Ethics, Artificial Intelligence, Environmental Law.

Who am I ?

I'm a PhD in Private Law passionated by the interactions between Technologies, Humans and Nature.

Goal

My current research focuses on fighting global injustices making the world a better place for all.

About

When I was a little girl, I made me a promise. The promise to dedicate my life to fight against all the injustices. I was dreaming of a better, safer and fairer world. To achieve this goal, I quickly started to study law. Now, and empowered by all these years of education, I am more than ever determined to make this dream comes true. More precisely, I am interested in the regulation of this very powerful tool, also known as "Artificial Intelligence" that could definitly helps to fight against inequalities, poverty and environmental violations if used and framed properly. As an expert in governance systems and alternative modes of legal regulation, I drive my current research towards the ethical and legal governance methods of artificial intelligence and environmental protection.

Education

Graduated from the "Economic and Social Administration" Bachelor (specialized in political science and Europe), and the "Private and Public Contract Law" Master's degree of the Avignon University (France), I decided to keep up with a thesis at the University of Aix-Marseille (France).

Research Interests

Sustainable development and Artificial Intelligence: Law and Policy

Cédric Villani said that “what we will do with AI will be above all a societal choice”. In fact, at the era of digital revolution, AI represents both a risk and a wonderful opportunity for our societies. As a complex Human creation it is a risk due to the probability of reproducing our wrong behaviors and being used for “bad” purposes. Conversely, at the dawn of the 6th mass extinction, AI could be deployed to fight against poverty and inequality, or to promote education, environmental protection, peace and justice, etc. In fact, the question is “How to make artificial intelligence?”. To find an answer, I will dedicate my research to AI for social good, notably on the ethical and legal governance methods of AI, to promote it for social good but also to allow a responsible and sustainable development of AI.

A word about the thesis - SME against economic litigation

For a small or medium business, things go far beyond than just a simple economic organization. It is more about an idea, a project, a whole life, than simple economic problematics, whose daily management is harassing. Besides grasping the economic market within which he is evolving, the business manager also needs to stay aware of others concerns, in order to ensure the sustainability of his organization, such as its legal environment. The latter is usualy complex, underrated and at the origin of many risks for the company and its CEO, such as economic litigation. Consequently, "how can he avoids bankruptcy?" Accordingly to the last legislative amendments that express many important transformations of the civil procedure, the creation of new legal governance tools can help the entrepreneur to fight against economic litigation risks. How? By considering the fact that the amendments tend towards accountability, by establishing an obligation of risks prevention, and towards the empowerment of in house counsels by directly participating in the resolution of disputes, corporations has to enforce a legal governance that participates to the prevention of economic litigation.

The thesis proposes a guide for the legal governance of companies, by first introducing a vigilance plan alleviating any legal risk, and by recommending a private resolution solution through the recent raise of alternative dispute resolutions to avoid any economic litigation as a traditional civil lawsuit. Therefore, the thesis is an overview of all the options that entrepeneurs and business managers of small and medium companies have for a safe economic developement to ensure the sustainability of the organisation, in a perpetually evolving legal and social environment, going beyond traditional Justice.

Keywords : SME ; Economic litigation ; Legal Governance ; Legal risk management ; ADR ; Civil procedure.

Feel free to contact me for further informations !

Scientific Responsabilities

Reviewer for International Conference: Workshop "AI for Social Good" NeurIPS 2019.

Publications

Invited talks

  • Artificial Intelligence: Efficient and Responsible?
  • Cecilia Darnault, Laurent Chaudron (Onera & TheoricLab), Cynthia Chassigneux (Commissioner of the Commission access to information, Montreal), Eric Charton (Director AI, National Bank of Canada), Yannick Estève (LIA, Avignon University).
  • By FrenchTech Grande Provence and Avignon University
  • November 27-11 2019, Avignon (FRANCE)

Collaborations

Center for Business Law and International Trade (CDACI), Montréal (CANADA) - PhD Student research internship 2018

When it comes to business law and corporate governance, the CDACI is known to shine. I have been invited for a 3 months internship in this laboratory to work on my thesis research under the supervision of Prof. Stéphane Rousseau.

SCP Gautier Comte Doux Aubert - Notary clerk - June 2018/May 2019

In charge of the constitution of cases files by requesting and collaborating with concerned administrations, and by drafting the necessary legal acts, while managing customers relationship.

Préfecture de Vaucluse - Administrative Assist. - June 2014/Dec. 2017

In charge of the constitution and management of files for European and national funding requests.

SOCOJUR Lawyers - Barrister Intern - April/July 2016

Position of legal adviser focusing in business law.

SCP Fortunet and Associates - Barrister Intern - Jan./February 2014

General legal advice position.

Teaching

All courses are dispensed in addition to my studies and standard research job:

Year 2017/2018

TeachingLecturesTutorialsTotal
Professional orientation project (POP)45h45h
Total45h

Year 2016/2017

TeachingLecturesTutorialsTotal
Professional orientation project (POP)13h13h
Contracts Law30h33h63h
Total76h

Year 2015/2016

TeachingLecturesTutorialsTotal
C2I Certification (B.Sc.)210h210h
Total210h

Year 2014/2015

TeachingLecturesTutorialsTotal
C2I Certification (B.Sc.)100h100h
Total100h

Year 2013/2014

TeachingLecturesTutorialsTotal
C2I Certification (B.Sc.)84h84h
Total84h

Contact

cecilia.darnault@hotmail.fr