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Dr John Zerilli

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Chancellor’s Fellow (Assistant Professor) in AI, Data, and the Rule of Law

PhD (ANU), MA (Sydney), LLM (Cambridge)

Tel: +44 (0)131 650 9774


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John Zerilli is a philosopher with interests in cognitive science, artificial intelligence, and the law. He is the Chancellor’s Fellow (Assistant Professor) in AI, Data, and the Rule of Law at the University of Edinburgh, a Research Associate in the Oxford Institute for Ethics in AI at the University of Oxford, and an Associate Fellow in the Centre for the Future of Intelligence at the University of Cambridge. Before taking up his current post, he was a Leverhulme Fellow at the University of Oxford. He was also called to the Sydney bar in 2011. 

John was the recipient of a Cambridge Commonwealth Trust scholarship to undertake the Cambridge LL.M. (2008), wrote the highest-ranking thesis of his year at Cambridge (2009), and won the Lucy Firth Prize (valued at $1000) for best publication in philosophy at Sydney University (2010). He has published numerous articles, canvassing law, political economy, philosophy, and cognitive science. His work appears in such journals as 'Philosophy of Science', 'Behavioral and Brain Sciences', and 'Synthese'. His two most recent books are The Adaptable Mind (Oxford University Press, 2020) and A Citizen's Guide to Artificial Intelligence (MIT Press, 2021).

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