Winter term 2017/18


The LTS LunchTimeSeries on Law, Technology and Society continues in the winter term 2017/18!

Univ.-Prof. Dr. Iris Eisenberger M.Sc. (LSE), University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences, and Univ.-Prof. Dr. Konrad Lachmayer, Sigmund Freud University, are organising this successful lecture series for fourth consecutive semester.

The series starts with a talk by Prof. Dr. R.E. Leenes from the Tilburg University regarding ‘Regulatory Challenges of Robotics for Law, Innovation, and Technology’ on November 16th.

On December 1st, Prof. Jørn Øyrehagen Sunde, University of Bergen is our guest and will talk about ‘Law and technological change in past, present and future’.

The last talk is given on January 10th by Ass. Prof. Joakim Juhl from the Aalborg University of Copenhagen, where he talks about ‘Innovation Science: Between Models and Machines’.

After the lectures we invite you to participate in a public discussion. Based on the Anglo-American model of Lunch Time Series the Institute of Law will provide lunchtime-catering. The event is open to all and participation is free of charge.

Please register in advance via law(at)boku.ac.at.

 

You can find the full program (PDF) here.

Regulatory challenges of robotics for Law, Innovation, and Technology

Regulatory challenges of robotics for Law, Innovation, and Technology

Unfortunately, the lecture by Prof. Leenes had to be cancelled due to illness.

Robots are slowly, but certainly, entering people’s professional and private lives. They require the attention of regulators due to the challenges they present to existing legal frameworks and the new legal and ethical questions they raise. This lecture discusses four major regulatory dilemmas in the field of robotics: how to keep up with technological advances; how to strike a balance between stimulating innovation and the protection of fundamental rights and values; whether to affirm prevalent social norms or nudge social norms in a different direction; and, how to balance effectiveness versus legitimacy in techno-regulation. The four dilemmas are each treated in the context of a particular modality of regulation: law, market, social norms, and technology as a regulatory tool; and for each, we focus on particular topics – such as liability, privacy, and autonomy – that often feature as the major issues requiring regulatory attention. The lecture then highlights the role and potential of the European framework of rights and values, responsible research and innovation, smart regulation and soft law as means of dealing with the dilemmas.

Ronald Leenes is full professor in regulation by technology at the Tilburg Institute for Law, Technology, and Society (TILT), Tilburg University, the Netherlands and director of the same institute. His primary research interests are techno-regulation, conceptual issues with respect to privacy, data protection in practice, data analytics, robotics and human enhancement. Currently his work focuses on accountability and transparency in Big Data and the Cloud and on regulatory failure in technology regulation. He was responsible for TILT's research in several EU projects, such as PRIME, PRIMELIFE, ENDORSE, Robolaw and A4Cloud and has contributed extensively to NoE FIDIS. He was PI.lab Scientific Director in 2011-2012.

The lecture will be followed by an open discussion. In Anglo-American tradition, catering will be provided during the lecture. The event is open for everyone and participation is free of charge. Please register until November 10th via law@boku.ac.at.

Further information about Mr. Leenes and his lecture is available here.

The lecture will take place in the Guttenberghaus SR 02, Feistmantelstraße 4, 1180 Vienna.

The LunchTimeSeries on Law, Technology & Society (LTS) is organized by Professor Iris Eisenberger, in collaboration with Professor Konrad Lachmayer. You can find the complete programm of the semester here.

Law and technological change in past, present and future

Law and technological change in past, present and future

December 1st, 2017

The speech will in the first part address two fundamental topics concerning law and technology based on empirical investigations. First, that technology has historically had legal relevance. Usually religion, philosophy, art and maybe even economics has been used to explain legal changes, but rarely technology. By asking the simple question: can legal certainty be obtained without the art of printing, we see how misleading it is to disregard technology as a source of legal change.

Secondly, that the technological changes experiences today is unique. On one hand, every historical period is unique. On the other hand, the underlying structures is not. Technology is such a fundamental structure shaping society and hence law, and technological change has brought by radical legal change several times before in history. The second half of the speech will be an attempt to draw lessons from the historical and empirically founded investigations on how the technological changes today will influence law. To narrow down this broad topic, the focus will be on the two cultural and fundamental constructs of liability and certainty.

Jørn Øyrehagen Sunde (1972) received his doctoral degree in 2007, and became professor in Legal History the same year at the Faculty of Law at the University in Bergen. Since 2006 he has been head of research at the museum the Barony Rosendal, between 2008-2010 he was also professor at the Centre for Medieval Studies in Bergen, since 2010 Sunde has been head of the Research Group for Legal Culture, and since 2014 he has headed the Code of 1274-project on legislation and governance in the Middle Ages. Sunde has written and edited eight books, he has published over 100 articles and essays, and features frequently in Norwegian media.

The lecture will be followed by an open discussion. In Anglo-American tradition, catering will be provided during the lecture. The event is open for everyone and participation is free of charge. Please register until November 24th via law@boku.ac.at.

Further information about Mr. Sunde and his lecture is available here.

The lecture will take place in the Guttenberghaus SR 02, Feistmantelstraße 4, 1180 Vienna.

The LunchTimeSeries on Law, Technology & Society (LTS) is organized by Professor Iris Eisenberger, in collaboration with Professor Konrad Lachmayer. You can find the complete programm of the semester here.

Innovation Science: Between Models and Machines

Innovation Science: Between Models and Machines

January 10th  

Academic scientists are increasingly required to acquire industry funding, which affects the scope and purpose of their research. In Denmark, Mode 2 inflected ideas have turned universities’ research toward industrial application where the fabrication of ‘robust knowledge’ is tied to commercial innovation. The lecture analyzes theoretical physicists' representative modeling that aided the implementation of new control solutions, and investigates how Mode 2 challenged traditional disciplinary boundaries between engineering and physics. The lecture presents a case of non-engineers’ move toward ‘engineering’ from outside the disciplinary boundary of engineering.

Joakim Juhl is an assistant professor at Aalborg University in Copenhagen, Denmark and a Research Associate with the Program on Science, Technology and Society. His research focuses on the normative foundations of technological innovation and its relation to social expectations of science. Joakim contributes to the National Science Foundation funded project, “Traveling Imaginaries of Innovation: The Practice Turn and Its Transnational Implementation”. From 2013 to 2015, Joakim held a joint postdoctoral position at the Harvard STS Program and Harvard School of Engineering and Applied Sciences. Joakim holds a PhD in STS from Aalborg University’s Doctoral School of Engineering and Science. He has a Master of Science degree in Innovation Management from the Technical University of Denmark. His dissertation “Models in Action – Realizing Abstractions” was based on an ethnographic study of modeling practices in a Danish collaboration between industrial and scientific parties.

The lecture will be followed by an open discussion. In Anglo-American tradition, catering will be provided during the lecture. The event is open for everyone and participation is free of charge. Please register until January 5th via law@boku.ac.at.

Further information about Mr. Juhl and his lecture is available here.

The lecture will take place in the Guttenberghaus SR 02, Feistmantelstraße 4, 1180 Vienna.

The LunchTimeSeries on Law, Technology & Society (LTS) is organized by Professor Iris Eisenberger, in collaboration with Professor Konrad Lachmayer. You can find the complete programm of the semester here.