Digital Legal Lab

research & publications

The Digital Legal Lab is a leading research hub that pioneers the understanding of how digital technologies interact with law and justice. Here are some of the projects and programmes we focus on. 

research projects

What is the impact of AI, data, data science and automation on the legal system?
How can new technologies help manage the pandemic while respecting fundamental rights?
What challenges emerge when AI becomes embedded in healthcare, and how can fundamental values be safeguarded by the use of "code"?
What regulatory and legal challenges must be addressed to protect digital information, privacy and trust?
How can the shift from human to automated decision-making be mapped, understood and perhaps even shaped?
What is the role of human autonomy in a data-driven society, and how can it be protected?

Curious about our research output? Below, you can find a list of relevant recent publications by our researchers and associates.


P.T.J. Wolters (2020). Search engines, digitalization and national private lawEuropean Review of Private Law

A. Martin & L. Taylor (2020). Exclusion and inclusion in identification: Regulation, displacement, and data justiceInformation Technology for Development.

L. Taylor, G. Sharma, A. Martin & S. Jameson (Eds.) (2020). Data Justice and COVID-19: Global Perspectives. Meatspace Press.

D. van Kuppevelt, G. van Dijck & M. Schaper (2020). ‘Purposes and challenges of legal citation network analysis on case law’, in Computational Legal Studies: The Promise and Challenge of Data-Driven Research. R. Whalen (ed.). Edward Elgar Publishing.

R. Gellert (2020). Comparing definitions of data and information in data protection law and machine learning: A useful way forward to meaningfully regulate algorithms? Regulation & Governance.

I. Graef (2020). Paving the Way Forward for Data Governance: a Story of Checks and Balances. Technology and Regulation.

E. Kosta (2020). Algorithmic state surveillance: Challenging the notion of agency in human rights. Regulation & Governance

M. Galič, M. NoormanB. van der Sloot, B.J. Koops, C. Cuijpers, R. Gellert, E. Keymolen, T. van Delden (2020). Spying with hobby drones and other technologies by citizens: An exploratory study of privacy risks and possibilities for regulation. A report for the Research and Documentation Centre (WODC) of the Ministry of Justice and Security.

C. Goanta (2020). The private governance of identity on the Silk Road. Frontiers in Blockchain.

N. Appelman, R. Fahy, N. Helberger, P. Leerssen, T. McGonagle, N. van Eijk, & J. van Hoboken (2020). The legal framework on the dissemination of disinformation through Internet services and the regulation of political advertising. A report for the Ministry of the Interior and Kingdom Relations. English version here.

F. Bex & H. Prakken (2020) De Juridische Voorspelindustrie: onzinnige hype of nuttige ontwikkeling? Ars Aequi 69 (March 2020), 255-259. (In Dutch. English title: ‘The legal prediction industry: meaningsless hype or useful development?’). 

I. Graef & F. Costa-Cabral (2020). To regulate or not to regulate Big Tech. Concurrences.

B. Covrig, C. Goanta & G. Spanakis (2020). Influencers and social media recommender systems, in AI and the Media: Reconsidering Rights and Responsibilities. K. Havu (ed.). Edward Elgar Publishing (forthcoming).

T.B. Araujo, N. Helberger, S. Kruikemeier & C.H. de Vreese (2020). In AI we trust? Perceptions about automated decision-making by artificial intelligenceAI & Society.

N. Helberger, J. Poort, & M. Makhortykh (2020). Four tales of sci-fi and information lawInternet Policy Review.

P.T.J. Wolters & T.F. Walree (2020). Het recht op schadevergoeding van een concurrent bij een schending van de AVGTijdschrift voor Europees en economisch recht.

C. Behrens, E. Brouwer, M. van Eechoud &  J. Witteman (2020). Toegang tot data uit apparaten: Praktijk, marktfalen en publieke belangen. SEO-rapport nr. 2019-29.

J. van Hoboken (2020). The Privacy Disconnect, in Human Rights in the Age of Platforms. Jørgensen, R.F. (ed.). Cambridge: The MIT Press, 255-284.

S. Ranchordas & C. Goanta (2019). The new city regulators: platform and public values in smart and sharing cities. Computer & Security Review.

Appelman, N., Fahy, R., Helberger, N., Leerssen, P., McGonagle, T., van Eijk, N., van Hoboken, J. (2019). De verspreiding van desinformatie via internetdiensten en de regulering van politieke advertenties. Rapport in opdracht van het Ministerie van Binnenlandse Zaken en Koninkrijksrelaties, bijlage bij Kamerstuk 2019-2020, 30821, nr. 91, Tweede Kamer.

J. Bijlsma, F. Bex & G. Meynen (2019). Artificiële intelligentie en risicotaxatie. Drie kernvragen voor strafrechtjuristenNederlands Juristenblad, Kluwer, p. 3313-3319. (In Dutch. English title: ‘Artificial Intelligence and Risk Assessment. Three core questions for criminal law’). 

F. Bex (2019). Artificiële intelligentie in de praktijk: Lessen uit onderzoek bij de politie. Rechtstreeks, 2019(2), pp. 26-34. (In Dutch. English title: ‘Artificial Intelligence in Practice: Lessons from Research at the Police’).