Leading global law firm Baker McKenzie is delighted to announce Roderick Beudeker, senior associate within the Firm's Employment Law team in Amsterdam, will begin a fellowship at the World Economic Forum's Centre for the Fourth Industrial Revolution (C4IR) in February in San Francisco.

Roderick follows in the footsteps of Baker McKenzie colleagues including Dr. Valesca Molinari, Tamara Levin and Yoon Chae, who have all spent time at the C4IR in California listening, learning and contributing to topics as broad ranging as Artificial Intelligence, Digital Trade and Blockchain.

The Centre opened in March 2017 in San Francisco and brings together leading businesses, start-ups, academia and international organizations to collaborate for the greater good by maximizing the benefits of science and technology. Baker McKenzie's ongoing collaboration with C4IR is an integral part of the Firm's innovation strategy - and a good example of bringing innovation to life by involving experts from outside the world of law and learning from each other. The Firm is one of only a small number of global law firms to partner in this way.

Roderick comments, "I am excited and honored to represent Baker McKenzie during my fellowship, to listen and learn as well as engage. This is an important opportunity to both contribute to society and gain knowledge about what challenges and risks are ahead of us. Artificial Intelligence and machine learning have a huge impact on the labor market and business as well as governments are increasingly keen to understand the issues. So much so that my predecessor at the C4IR, Dr. Valesca Molinari, is just back from the World Economic Forum at Davos where she was invited to speak on the subject."

During his time with C4IR, Roderick will focus on several employment related projects connected to the AI and machine-learning platform. He will work with Matissa Hollister, professor at McGill University on a project, centered on Artificial Intelligence in Human Resources. Together, Roderick and Matissa will develop a toolkit for HR professionals to select reliable and trustworthy AI applications. The toolkit will provide the basics of AI (what it is and how it works), along with outlining the potential consequences and considerations. In addition, it will provide a unique list of questions answered by HR application vendors. These questions will assist HR professionals in selecting trustworthy HR applications. 

Roderick added, "I'm looking forward to working with Matissa, in addition to many talented individuals that will bring a wealth of knowledge from a diverse range of expertise. True innovation relies on collaboration and I'm excited to see where C4IR will open up the conversations that help us learn more about what our clients need, how the world is changing and how we can adapt and evolve to meet those new challenges."

In addition to Baker McKenzie’s partnership with the World Economic Forum, the Firm has launched several other collaborations and hubs and regularly teams up with academic institutions, such as Bucerius Law School, Stanford Law School and many others.


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