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LTS with Dr. Nicolas Lampach

Dr. Nicolas Lampach, Centre for Legal Theory and Empirical Jurisprudence, KU Leuven, will give the second lecture of this semster's LunchTimeSeries on Law, Technology, and Society (LTS). Dr. Lampach will speak about "Law meets Data Science: Findings from the EUTHORITY Project" on 9 May 2018, 12-1:30 pm, in room SR 10, ground floor of the Schwackhöferhaus.

Artificial Intelligence in Court

Legitimacy Problems of AI Assistance in the Judiciary
During his exchange semester at the University of Copenhagen, Thomas Buocz wrote a paper on "Artificial Intelligence in Court: Legitimacy Problems of AI Assistance in the Judiciary". The paper has now been published in the journal "Retskraft - Copenhagen Journal of Legal Studies" and is available online.

Deep Learning, the State and the Law

Talk at the MCTS
On 17 April 2018, Prof. Iris Eisenberger will give a talk at the Munich Center for Technology in Society (MCTS) on "Deep Learning, the State and the Law".

LTS with Professor Sheila Jasanoff, Harvard University

Professor Sheila Jasanoff, Harvard University, will be giving a lecture on ’Distributed Selves: Technology and Rights in the Digital Age‘ as part of the LunchTimeSeries on Law, Technology and Society (LTS). The lecture will take place at Guttenberghaus (SR 01) on 25th April 2018 from 12.00 - 1.30 pm. Please register via law(at)boku.ac.at until 23rd April 2018 as lunch will be provided.

Innovation Science: Between Models and Machines

This year began with a new episode of ”Lunch Time Series on Law, Technology, and Society” (LTS). Assistant Prof. Joakim Juhl introduced the programme to the audience with his talk, ”Innovation Science: Between Models and Machines” on 10 January 2018.

New Employee

We are happy that Mr. Thomas Buocz has returned to the Institute of Law at BOKU University after completing a semester abroad at the University of Copenhagen and an internship at the Bundeskanzleramt-Verfassungsdienst (Section for Constitutional Matters at the Austrian Chancellor’s Office). He joins the research teams for the projects Cryptocurrencies – Digital Transactions – Public Transformations and SCALINGS.

Governance of Emerging Technologies

Seminar, LV Nr. 736.004
Emerging technologies such as nanotechnology, biotechnology, drones, robotics or artificial intelligence are rapidly changing our society. This optional course will provide you with an overview of legal issues concerning emerging technologies. The main focus in this semester will be upon 'artificial intelligence'.

4S Annual Meeting Boston, MA

Conference proceedings published
A conference report on the Annual Meeting of the Society for Social Studies of Science (4S), written by Annemarie Hofer from the Institute of Law, has been published on the official 4S Blog ‘Backchannels’. The blog provides an outlet for alternative-format scholarly communications, publishing shorter, timelier, media-rich communiques of interest to the global STS community.

Citizen Science Conference 2018

During the Austrian Citizen Science Conference, which took place from the 1st to the 3rd of February, Annemarie Hofer, BOKU Institute of Law, presented the results of her master’s thesis ”Privacy within Citizen Science Projects“.

LTS LunchTimeSeries

Paper - Innovation Science: Between Models and Machines
As part of the LunchTimeSeries on Law, Technology and Society (LTS) Joakim Juhl from the Aalborg University of Copenhagen held a lecture on ‘Innovation Science: Between Models and Machines’. His reflections on the political reframing of science and the work it takes for science and non-science to develop beneficiary relationships can also be found in his paper, which was published in the renowned Journal ‘Engineering Studies’.

Workshop „Citizen Science and Law“

Annemarie Hofer, BOKU Institute of Law, presented the results of her master’s thesis “Privacy within Citizen Science Projects,” as part of the Workshop “Citizen Science and Law”. The workshop took place on the 11th and 22nd of January, and was organised by the Research Service of the University of Vienna. The results are also found in the Top-Citizen Science Project “Earth Construction in the Weinviertel”.

LTS with Ass. Prof. Joakim Juhl

Innovation Science: Between Models and Machines
Joakim Juhl from the Aalborg University of Copenhagen will be holding a lecture on "Innovation Science: Between Models and Machines" as part of the LunchTimeSeries on Law, Technology and Society (LTS). The lecture takes place at Guttenberghaus SR 02 on January 10th from 12:00 - 13:30. Catering will be provided! Please register via law@boku.ac.at until January 5th.

LunchTimeSeries: Law, Technology and Society

The LTS LunchTimeSeries on Law, Technology and Society continues in the winter term 2017/18! The series starts with a talk by Professor R.E. Leenes from the Tilburg University regarding ‘Regulatory Challenges of Robotics for Law, Innovation, and Technology’ on November 16th.

Visiting professorship at TU Munich

Winter term 2017/18
Professor Iris Eisenberger is a visiting professor at the Technical University of Munich (Munich Centre for Technology in Society) during the 2017/18 winter term. She is teaching, amongst other pro-grammes, the Master's Programme 'Responsibility in Science, Engineering, and Technology' (RESET).

Workshop on Law and New Technologies

University of Bergen, Norway
Professor Iris Eisenberger speaks about „Human Rights and Autonomous Cars“ as part of the Workshop „Law and New Technologies“ at the University of Bergen, Norway on October 24.

Teaching substitute for Prof. Eisenberger

Wintersemester 2017/18
During the winter term 2017/18 Priv.-Doz. Dr. Dragana Damjanovic, LL.M. (Berkeley) will be teaching the lectures „VO Rechtliche Grundlagen der Landschaftsplanung und Landschaftsarchitektur“ (736.122), „VO Umweltrecht“ (736.133) and „VO Umwelt- und Pflanzenschutzrecht“ (953.308).

Research Project "Cryptocurrencies – Digital Transactions – Public Transformations"

Cryptocurrencies are digital means of payment and are emerging besides the “old” payment method cash as a “new” currency. If decentralised cryptocurrencies are being used like centrally organised money and if those currencies finally replace cash, the state will be transformed. Individual freedom and public participation will change. Traditional tools of governance to ensure and improve social cohabitation could become ineffective. Public funding of state functions like social welfare could be at stake. The law is insufficiently prepared to cope with these developments. The current project will illustrate public transformations triggered by technological progress. Moreover, it aims to develop new regulatory models for these phenomena.

LTS - Law, Technology and Society

LunchTimeSeries
Univ.-Prof. Dr. Iris Eisenberger M.Sc. (LSE), University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences, and Univ.-Prof. Dr. Konrad Lachmayer, Sigmund Freud University, have organised this successful lecture series for the fourth consecutive semester. Prof. Jørn Øyrehagen Sunde, University of Bergen will be our gest in spring, as his lecture unfortunately had to be cancelled due to illness. The last talk was given on January 10th by Ass. Prof. Joakim Juhl from the Aalborg University of Copenhagen, where he talked about ‘Innovation Science: Between Models and Machines’. Based on the Anglo-American model of Lunch Time Series the Institute of Law is providing lunchtime-catering.

Annual Meeting of the Society for Social Studies of Science

Boston, Massachusetts
The Annual Meeting of the Society for Social Studies of Science (4S) took place in Boston, Massachusetts from August 30 - September 2, where Professor Iris Eisenberger chaired a panel on Citizen Science. You can find the conference report by Annemarie Hofer here.

Science and Democracy Network

16th Annual Meeting, 2017
From 28 June to 1 July 2017, the annual meeting of the Science and Democracy Network (SDN) was held at Harvard University, Cambridge, USA. You can find the conference report by Franziska Bereuter here.

Blockchain-Technology: A narrative device to think about basic questions of law

Professor Iris Eisenberger is giving a lecture on “Blockchain-Technology: A narrative device to think about basic questions of law” at the University of Macau on August 25, 2017.

Annual meeting of the Society for Social Studies of Science (4S), 2017

Professor Iris Eisenberger is chairing a panel session on ‘Citizen Science Politics and Practices‘. The panel is part of the Annual Meeting of the Society for Social Studies of Science (4S), which takes places in Boston, Massachusetts, from August 30 to September 2, 2017.

Community Mobilisation Strategies in Cambodia

At the last LunchTimeSeries on Law, Technology and Society (LTS), Mr Stephan Sonnenberg, JD, talked about ‘Community mobilisation strategies in Cambodia’. Currently, Mr Sonnenberg works as the Associate Dean of Experiential Education and Director of the ADR Clinic at Bhutan’s first law school, the Jigme Singye Wangchuck School of Law. Before that, among other occupations, he supervised a research initiative in collaboration with LICADHO, the Cambodian League for the Promotion and Defense of Human Rights.

Research Project „Earth construction in the Weinviertel“

Top Citizen Science
Earth, a building material used for centuries, is slowly disappearing as a constructing element of our cultural landscape. Nevertheless, building with earth still brings many advantages. The Institute of Law– together with other BOKU-institutes (Institute of Applied Geology and Institute of Landscape Development, Recreation and Conservation Planning) – tries to raise the public’s awareness towards this traditional building substance.

Presentation "Blockchain - Energy markets in chains?"

The presentation “Blockchain – Energy markets in chains?”, held by Dr. Clemens Wagner-Bruschek from E-Control as part of the seminar “Governance of Emerging Technologies” (736.004) can be downloaded here. The seminar took place in June 2017 and will be repeated next year with a focus on another emerging technology, most likely deep learning.