Jose-Maria Guerra de Balanzó Marroquín

Thesis title: Self-improving ArtificiaI Intelligence: from legal theory to insurance solutions


Jose-Maria "Pepe"  is a PhD Candidate in Law writing on robotics, AI regulation, legal theory and property rights. He holds a Bachelor of Laws (LLB) from Universitat Pompeu Fabra and a Master of Laws degree (LLM) from IE Law School and is a Modern Law Review scholar.

Pepe’s primary research interests are in the areas of regulation of technology-related inventions, legal epistemology and interpretation of vague legal and non-legal concepts. He is particularly interested in researching how transhumanist mediatic opinions reshape legal institutions that are traditionally linked to ideas of human flourishing, such as Property. 

He has been Training Contract Lawyer at Clifford Chance, LLP and lawyer at GuerraMercadal, with a focus in insurance and Intellectual Property. Parallely to his research he founded Inrobin Ltd. an Edinburgh-based startup offering a predictive maintenance and insurance platform for industrial machinery. This last project was awarded an Innovate UK and SMART: Scotland grant to develop Machine Learning capabilities along with the University of Starthclyde's Advanced Forming Research Centre (AFRC) and has established collaborations with MAPFRE, Zurich Insurance and Panasonic.

Pepe has published his work in journals such as the Revue des Juristes de Sciences Po or IE Law School Cátedra J.M. Cervelló. and has been awarded the VIII J.M Cervelló Award

Postgraduate teaching

Pepe has been Support Tutor for the courses Law of Robotics and Forensic Computing of the LLM in Information Technology Law (online) at the University of Edinburgh 

Research summary

Intellectual Property, Technology Law, Property Law, Robolaw, AI Ethics


Guerra, J. “European Robots: An Umbrella Under the Rain”, Revue des Juristes de Sciences Po, N. 10, Hiver 2015, pp. 108-123

Letai, P., Guerra, J., “Cyber Law in Spain”, Wolters Kluwer International, In press, 2019

Guerra, J., Herrera, A. Sancho, L. “An international perspective on LAEI: Following Trends”, Working Paper IE Law School, AJ8-221-I, Cátedra José María Cervelló, 20-3-2015