On November 16-17, 2020, Anna Gressel and Avi Gesser from Debevoise’s Data Strategy and Security Group joined AI thought leaders from around the globe at “The Athens Roundtable on Artificial Intelligence and the Rule of Law.”  During the Roundtable, Avi and Anna were joined by Edward Stroz of Stroz Friedberg for an insightful panel on “Supervising AI: The Role of Corporate Boards,” which focused on how shareholders and regulators are looking to corporate boards to take a proactive role in establishing governance processes and supervising the complex risks posed by AI – whether regulatory, reputational, or operational.  The discussion touched upon:

  • Key questions corporate boards should be asking to ensure that they are informed about AI in the company, and how to strike the right balance between AI risks and opportunities;
  • How senior leadership and the legal department can effectively educate and brief boards on AI legal, regulatory, and operational risks;
  • What obligations boards have for supervising AI under U.S. law and global regulatory guidance; and
  • Best practices for board oversight and governance of AI programs.

The Athens AI Roundtable was hosted by the European Parliament’s Science and Technology Options Assessment Panel, UNESCO, the IEEE and other prominent institutions.  This two-day event focused on the progress of the AI governance initiatives of key participating regulatory and non-regulatory bodies, ongoing AI policy developments as well as the challenges and opportunities of AI.

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Anna R. Gressel is a senior commercial litigation associate at Debevoise and a member of the firm’s Technology, Media & Telecommunications and Data Strategy & Security groups. She actively advises clients on the legal and regulatory implications of artificial intelligence (“AI”) and other emerging technologies. Her practice includes not only representing companies in regulatory inquiries concerning AI, but also assisting companies in developing AI principles and governance mechanisms. She can be reached at argressel@debevoise.com.


Avi Gesser is a Debevoise cybersecurity and litigation partner. He is a member of the Debevoise Data Strategy & Security Group, as well as the White Collar & Regulatory Defense Group. Avi has extensive experience advising on a wide range of cybersecurity matters, incident response issues, data strategy concerns and artificial intelligence risks. He can be reached at agesser@debevoise.com.