AI in the Boardroom: Let the Law be in the Driving Seat

Joseph Lee, Peter Underwood

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This paper discusses the introduction of artificial intelligence (AI) to the boardroom and the importance of law and regulation in doing so. We argue that AI should be utilised in the boardroom to address the current shortcomings in the corporate governance – corporate short-termism. AI can assist boards as they consider societal interests as it can process data in a manner and at a speed that is beyond the capability of manual systems. With well-designed algorithmic steps, AI can provide guidance that is independent of subjective judgements biased by shareholder short-termism and board opportunism. Company law should be revised to support AI-assisted corporate development by mitigating the legal risks of boards and by encouraging directors to use AI to achieve the ESG goals of the company.
Original languageEnglish
JournalInternational and Comparative Corporate Law Journal
Publication statusAccepted/In press - 1 Jun 2022
EventAdvances in Data Science and AI Conference 2022 - University of Manchester , Manchester, United Kingdom
Duration: 20 Jun 202221 Jun 2022


  • AI
  • Data analytics
  • Corporate Governance
  • Shareholder activism
  • Directors’ duties
  • ESG
  • Corptech

Research Beacons, Institutes and Platforms

  • Institute for Data Science and AI


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