Digital Legal Lab

UPCOMING & PAST EVENTS​

upcoming events

13 Sep

BIAS 2021

  • 09:00 am
  • Online

BIAS 2021, an international workshop on bias and fairness in AI, takes place for the second time from 13-17 September. Among the keynote speakers are Digital Legal Lab researchers Linnet Taylor (Tilburg University) and Frederik Zuiderveen Borgesius (Radboud University).

29 Sep

The AI Act & the regulatory coherence of EU initiatives concerning the digital economy and society

  • 13:00 pm
  • Online

On 29 September, the Digital Legal Lab research collaboration is organizing a workshop on the AI Act. The main question that will be addressed: how do the recent EU legislative initiatives concerning the digital economy and society, including the AI Act, the Digital Services Package, and the Data Governance Act, interact and fit together?

10 Nov

A workshop on EU health data governance and the proposed European Health Data Space

  • 14:00 pm
  • Online

This workshop on the proposed European Health Data Space (EHDS) will explore the contours of EU health data governance and, in particular, examine the Commission’s plans for the EHDS and the policy options for health data access and sharing therein. The workshop is organized by Digital Legal Lab members Tjaša Petročnik and Robin Pierce, together with professor Giorgio Monti from TILT (Tilburg University).

25 Nov

Workshop "Regulating digital markets: enforcement and remedies"

  • 09:00 am
  • Online

Digital Legal Lab researchers Inge Graef and Alex Ruiz Feases are organizing a workshop on how to create effective enforcement and effective remedies for digital markets. Keynote speakers are professor Anne-Lise Sibony (Université catholique de Louvain) and professor Ryan Calo (University of Washington School of Law).

past events

08 Sep

science film club: 'pre-crime' with after film discussion

  • 19:30 pm
  • Online

What if an algorithm predicts crimes before they happen? The third edition of the Science Film Club will take place on Wednesday 8 September with the documentary Pre-Crime (Matthias Heeder & Monika Hielscher, 2017), which shows how new technologies can be used to catch potential criminals. After watching the documentary together, Digital Legal Lab researcher Naomi Appelman and AI engineer Hilde Weerts will discuss the use of algorithms by Dutch police and security services.

15 Jul

Lunch Talk: just AI?

  • 12:00 pm
  • Online

In this lunch talk hosted by the University of Münster, Linnet Taylor (TILT & Digital Legal Lab) will talk about different disciplinary world views and how digital power should be controlled. Can current AI policy govern technology when different groups are in non-negotiable opposition?

13 Jul

TILT seminar: Non-discrimination by design

  • 12:00 pm
  • Online

Recently, the handbook "Non-discrimination by design" was published by the Dutch Government. This handbook is the product of an interdisciplinary collaboration between researchers from Tilburg University, TU Eindhoven, Vrije Universiteit Brussel, and the Netherlands Institute for Human Rights. In this TILT seminar, project lead Bart van der Sloot (TILT & Digital Legal Lab) and research team member Hilde Weerts (TU/e) will present the report and reflect on the interdisciplinary process of developing system principles for the development of AI systems based on the legal framework. Heleen Janssen (IViR) will act as discussant, and Merel Noorman (TILT & Digital Legal Lab) will chair the seminar.

30 Jun

DSA Observatory workshop: "An Endless Odyssey? Content moderation without general content monitoring"

  • 16:30 pm
  • Online

In this workshop – organized by Digital Legal Lab member Ilaria Buri and our other partners at the Amsterdam Law School's DSA Observatory – we will discuss content moderation practices in the light of the prohibition of general monitoring obligations with three top experts in the field: Prof. Pam Samuelson (Berkeley Center for Law & Technology), Dr. David Erdos (University of Cambridge), and Prof. Christophe Geiger (University of Strasbourg).

14 Jun

Summer Institute in Computational Social Science Maastricht (SICSS-Maastricht)

  • 12:00 pm
  • Online

From Monday, June 14 to Friday, June 25, 2021, Maastricht Law & Tech Lab - one of the four partner institutions of the Digital Legal Studies collaboration - will host the Summer Institute in Computational Social Science, to be held virtually at Maastricht University. The purpose of the Summer Institute is to bring together graduate students, postdoctoral researchers, and beginning faculty interested in computational social science.

08 Jun

Researching adult content creators on digital platforms with Catalina Goanta & Jill Toh

  • 16:00 pm
  • Online

This multidisciplinary online event will bring together researchers (from business, computer science and law) to explore and discuss the issues creators face in online platforms like OnlyFans or Instagram, how these platforms may be better governed and the role of research in the improvement of these platforms. In addition, the discussion will touch upon questions relating to how to do research using data collected from adult content platform like PornHub. The event is co-hosted by Digital Legal Lab researcher Catalina Goanta (Maastricht University), with our colleague Jill Toh (IViR) on the speaker line-up.

08 Jun

TILT seminar on computing & data sciences with Linnet Taylor

  • 12:00 pm
  • Online

Join us for the next TILT seminar, "Social X: computer and data science as society", where dr. Linnet Taylor (Tilburg University & Digital Legal Lab), prof. George Fletcher and prof. Alexander Serebrenik (both TU Eindhoven) will make their case for an interdisciplinary network to research fundamental questions in social, philosophical and computing sciences.

04 Jun

Meijers Committee webinar on the DSA with Frederik Zuiderveen Borgesius

  • 12:30 pm
  • Online

Prof. Frederik Zuiderveen Borgesius (Radboud University Nijmegen & Digital Legal Lab) is one of the speakers at this webinar on the Digital Services Act and extreme speech, organized by the Meijers Committee.

01 Jun

The Facebook competition law case reaches the CJEU: Can EU competition law and personal data protection law reinforce each other?

  • 15:00 pm
  • Online

In this workshop organized by the DSA Observatory at IViR, we will discuss questions around the Facebook competition law case with three top experts in the field: Heiko Dünkel (Head of Litigation at the German Consumer Federation), Dr. Kati Cseres (University of Amsterdam) and Dr. Inge Graef (University of Tilburg & Digital Legal Lab). The session will start with some opening remarks by the invited speakers, after which there will be room for discussion. The session will be moderated by Dr. Kristina Irion.

28 May

DTDM Lunchtime Talk with prof. Alessio Pacces

  • 12:00 pm
  • Online

The Digital Transformation of Decision-Making (DTDM) research initiative, the University of Amsterdam-based part of the Digital Legal Lab, will host a lunchtime talk with Prof. Alessio Pacces on Friday 28 May. Prof. Pacces is Professor of Law and Finance at the Amsterdam Law School and the Amsterdam Business School, and he is the director of the Amsterdam Center for Law and Economics (ACLE) and of the Master in Law and Finance at the University of Amsterdam. His research focuses on the economic analysis of corporate law and financial regulation, and is currently undertaking a project as part of the UvA Research Priority Area Human(e) AI on Collective decisions in Law and Economics: A computational perspective (with Dr. Davide Grossi and Prof. Giuseppe Dari-Mattiacci).

19 May

TILTing Perspectives 2021: Regulating in Times of Crisis

  • 12:00 pm
  • Online

On 19, 20 & 21 May, the TILTing Perspectives conference will bring together researchers, practitioners, policy makers, and civil society at the intersection of law and regulation, technology, and society for the 7th time. We will share insights, exchange ideas and formulate, discuss and suggest answers to contemporary challenges related to technological innovation. The 3-day conference will include plenary sessions, parallel sessions, presentations and panel discussions with invited speakers.

12 May

Global Digital Cultures webinar: Platforms and the Digitisation of Expression and Surveillance

  • 16:00 pm
  • Online

In Europe today, digital platforms, such as Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube, provide essential means for millions of people to express themselves, engage in public debate and organise politically. However, European governments are leveraging the power of platforms to impose new forms of restrictions on free expression, and engage in surveillance of individuals and online activism. This has profound implications for the rights to freedom of expression, privacy, and data protection. In this webinar, the speakers will discuss these issues, including government surveillance and access to user data from digital platforms; freedom of expression in the era of online gatekeeping by platforms; and how to go about democratising online content moderation.

07 May

DTDM Lunchtime Talk with Dr. Iris van Domselaar

  • 12:00 pm
  • Online

The Digital Transformation of Decision-Making (DTDM) research initiative at the Amsterdam Law School will host a lunchtime talk with our colleague Dr. Iris van Domselaar. Dr. van Domselaar is Associate Professor in legal ethics and legal philosophy, and founding co-director of the Amsterdam Centre on the Legal Professions and Access to Justice. Her research focuses on the question of how to account for ethics in legal practice, and she especially addresses this question in relation to the classic legal institutions, like the judiciary and advocacy and other institutions relevant for securing values of political morality and the rule of law.

28 Apr

cybersecurity & dispute resolution webinar

  • 12:55 pm
  • Online

The European Law Institute, the Radboud Universiteit and the UCLouvain jointly organize a series of lunch webinars on the relationship between cybersecurity and dispute resolution. Presentations will be given by academics and practitioners in the field of cybersecurity and will be followed by open discussions with the audience. The scientific coordination of the webinar series is led by Digital Legal Lab researcher Enguerrand Marique. Join us on 28 april 2021 for the first webinar: The EU responses to cyber-incidents, more regulation or more litigation?

27 Apr

Re-examining Section 230: Legal, Policy, and Technological Perspectives – A Workshop

  • 18:00 pm
  • Online

Digital Legal Lab researcher Joris van Hoboken is one of the speakers of this 2-day international workshop to identify key issues for consideration in the reexamination of Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act of 1996. Section 230 provides Internet-based technology companies and social media platforms with immunity from civil liability for hosting user-generated content and in the removal or moderation of user-generated content. While Section 230 has played a significant role in the development of the Internet as a platform for the global exchange of information and ideas, disinformation and abuse on social media has become an issue of increasing concern. The workshop will explore how law, policy, and technology might better enable management of third party content while preserving free speech and democratic norms.

22 Apr

TAISIG Talks

  • 17:00 pm
  • Online

Ronald Leenes, head of our research collaboration, will speak at the next TAISIG Talks on 22 April on some of today's challenges in regulating and managing AI developments. The possibilities with AI seem endless, but are these developments safe for people, their rights and freedoms? Facial recognition, for example, makes it possible to recognize total strangers based on a photo - but it takes away our anonymity in public spaces. There is a lot involved in regulating and managing AI developments. Do we need to understand the technology better in order to regulate accordingly or is legal disruption inevitable?

16 Apr

DTDM Lunchtime Talk with Fabio Chiusi

  • 12:00 pm
  • Online

The Digital Transformation of Decision-Making (DTDM) research initiative, the Amsterdam-based part of the Digital Legal Lab, will host a lunchtime meeting with Fabio Chiusi of AlgorithmWatch. Fabio is editor of the recent Automating Society Report 2020, published by AlgorithmWatch and Bertelsmann Stiftung. The report is a result of an unprecedented research effort to assess how automated processes and decisions are currently impacting all aspects of everyday life, ranging from welfare to health, education, justice and policing, in 16 European countries. The DTDM meeting will begin with a short talk by Fabio on the Automating Society Report 2020 and AlgorithmWatch’s work; and it will then be opened up for questions and discussion.

16 Apr

25th annual BTLJ-BCLT Symposium

  • 18:00 pm
  • Online

In digital networked environments, laws and regulations are not the only sources of rulemaking. Technical standards, the configuration of software, the architecture of hardware, and industry articulations of best practices also affect how information flows are permitted or forbidden. Joel Reidenberg’s prescient article, Lex Informatica: The Formulation of Information Policy Rules Through Technology, published in the Texas Law Review in 1998, urged policymakers to understand, consciously recognize, and encourage the evolution of these extra-legal influences to achieve optimal public policy outcomes. This symposium will honor the legacy of Reidenberg’s deep insights about Lex Informatica as policy levers and will explore respects in which Lex Informatica is working in the public interest and ways in which technology regulations could be improved. On the second day of this event, Digital Legal Lab researcher Natali Helberger will participate in Panel 3: Platform Liability Rules as Technology Policy Levers.

08 Apr

GOAL International AI Conference

  • 08:45 am
  • Online

Linnet Taylor will speak on the challenges of AI regulation and the formalization of fairness at the GOAL International AI Conference. The conference will take place fully online on 8-9 April 2021. It will feature interdisciplinary lectures and workshops presented by both GOAL project researchers and external speakers on the regulation of AI referring to the topic of "Governance of/by algorithms" from the fields of (socio-)informatics, law, ethics, economics and technology assessment.

01 Apr

Digital and Intelligent Europe: EU Citizens and the Challenge of New Technologies for Civil Justice

  • 09:30 am
  • Online

How can we design and regulate new technologies to ensure both protection of EU citizen and consumer rights as well as better access to justice? This is the central question at this 2-day conference, co-organized by Digital Legal Lab researchers Anna van Duin & Rachel Rietveld and with our collaboration's prof. Natali Helbeger & prof. Pietro Ortolani on the speaker lineup.

30 Mar

Digitalization of International Trade

  • 15:00 pm
  • Online

The International and Comparative Law Research Center in Moscow and UNCITRAL are organizing an online event on the digitalization of international trade, with experts discussing the role of digital technologies in restoring the interrupted commercial ties due to the pandemic and in establishing new ones. Professor André Janssen (Radboud University Nijmegen & Digital Legal Lab) will speak on smart contracts under the CISG.

26 Mar

DTDM Lunchtime Talk with Linnet Taylor

  • 12:00 pm
  • Online

The Digital Transformation of Decision-Making (DTDM) research initiative - the Amsterdam-based part of our collaboration - will host a lunchtime talk with Digital Legal Lab researcher Linnet Taylor (Tilburg University) on her research around data technologies & governance. To join, please RSVP to Naomi Appelman.

04 Feb

Synergy '21: scientists as the owners of our digital future

  • 15:30 pm
  • Online

In order to have a future where we all can be at home, Shoshanna Zuboff clarified the need for a shift in the power dynamics of data ownership in a keynote interview. After the interview, Linnet Taylor explored the strong Dutch tradition of critical scholarship on this issue, across many fields. Where does the work of Zuboff fit into the Dutch scientific landscape? How do Dutch researchers address the issues Zuboff focuses on? What do they envisage as possible ways forward and open questions regarding the fair use of our digital selves in this area?

27 Jan

TILEC Club Med: Inge Graef & Cédric Argenton

  • 10:45 am
  • Online

On 15 December 2020, the European Commission published its legislative proposal for a Digital Markets Act. The Digital Markets Act aims at ensuring contestable and fair markets in the EU digital sector by establishing do’s and don’ts for large online platforms that act as gatekeepers. Dr. Inge Graef and dr. Cédric Argenton will reflect on selected key aspects of the legislative proposal, including the definition of gatekeepers, the list of obligations and prohibitions, the enforcement procedure and the relationship with EU competition law.

15 Dec

TILT seminar: Towards fair, transparent & accountable AI in Europe

  • 16:00 pm
  • Online

Artificial intelligence and machine learning have become an integral part of our daily lives. Humans and algorithms are very different in the way they make decisions. Unfortunately, the legal tools available (e.g. data protection and non-discrimination law) were designed to govern humans, not artificial systems, and thus fail to protect us against novel risks. In this TILT seminar, Sandra Wachter will examine regulatory frameworks that are ill-equipped to keep biased algorithms in check. She will shed light what can be done from a regulatory perspective to prevent biased, discriminatory, unintended, or socially undesirable outcomes. Merel Noorman will moderate the session.

10 Dec

Roundtable: Privacy Enhancing Technologies and GDPR

  • 13:00 pm
  • Online

This PI.Lab roundtable organised by Bart van der Sloot will explore privacy enhancing technologies including MPC and federated learning, focusing on the implications and context of the GDPR. With Tjerk Timan (TNO), Frederik Zuiderveen Borgesius (Radboud University), Anna Zsófia (University of Göttingen), Triin Siil (Cybernetica) and Marc van Lieshout (TNO)

10 Dec

Roundtable: Privacy Enhancing Technologies and GDPR

  • 13:00 pm
  • Online

This PI.Lab roundtable organised by Bart van der Sloot will explore privacy enhancing technologies including MPC and federated learning, focusing on the implications and context of the GDPR. With Tjerk Timan (TNO), Frederik Zuiderveen Borgesius (Radboud University), Anna Zsófia (University of Göttingen), Triin Siil (Cybernetica) and Marc van Lieshout (TNO)

16 Dec

FEPS webinar: First look at the Digital Services and Markets Acts

  • 13:30 pm
  • Online

The Foundation for European Progressive Studies (FEPS) has invited Catalina Goanta to give a first assessment of the European Commission's proposals for the regulation of online platforms: the Digital Services and Markets Acts. Do the proposals live up to the expectations?

09 Dec

Discussion session on legal NLP applications at ASAIL 2020

  • 15:00 pm
  • Online

During the 4th edition of the ASAIL 2020 workshop series, Ruta Liepina will talk about the potential of legal NLP to make real-world contributions in the short and long term.

03 Dec

GovTechTalks: 5g, Conspiracy Theories, and Social Media Influencers

  • 12:00 pm
  • Online

Catalina Goanta will delve into some important questions related to social media influencers & conspiracy theories at GovTechTalks, an online talks series on digital government and society hosted by the University of Groningen.

02 Dec

Digital Legal Talks 2020

  • 13:00 pm
  • Online

On 2 December, we looked back at the first year of our research initiative during our kick-off conference Digital Legal Talks. Researchers from all four partner universities presented their projects, we had keynote speeches by Julie Cohen and Frank Pasquale, two breakout rounds with lots of interesting presentations and PLSC-style paper discussions, and a closing discussion panel where sparks were flying on the topic of technology in relation to law & justice.

26 Nov

Legal Accelerators

  • 09:30 am
  • Online

Catalin Rusu was one of the invited speakers at Legal Accelerators, a 2-day online event on legal tech and innovation. He spoke about the novelties regarding competition law tools for digital markets.