Winter Semester 2018/19
Man and Machine

15 January 2019 · 6.30 PM · Room HS 10 (Campus I, Building E)

eLawyer: Legal Tech as Reality and Future Vision

Nico Kuhlmann (Hogan Lovells)

The transformation of lawyers' working environments and career prospects due to technical developments, such as "intelligent" algorithms, can be described as "Legal Tech". Legal Tech will significantly change the work of lawyers. The digitalisation of the legal profession offers opportunities, work simplifications and new professional fields, but it also yields as well as risks in areas replaces by digitalisation.

Our presenter, Nico Kuhlmann,  is one of the most prominent players on the German legal tech scene and was awarded the title „Master of Innovation“ by Hogan Lovells.

You can find a report on the presentation here.

The presentation slides can be found here.


13 November 2018 · 6.30  PM · Room HS 10 (Campus I, Building E)

eGovernment: Automated law enforcement as a reality and a vision of the future

Philipp Fernis (State Secretary in the Ministry of Justice Rhineland-Palatinate) and Prof. Dr. Meinhard Schröder (University Passau)

Digitalisation and automation should significantly improve public law enforcement. The hope is that they will enable tax authorities or police entitles to more thoroughly analyse risks, enable fast and cost-effective administration and justice, and even deploy police robots that can more precisely and gently coerce.

Is this the confidence justified? How does the law limit what is technically  possible? In what areas must the state not replace man with a machine? The two speakers will address these questions from different perspectives.

Philipp Fernis, Secretary of State in the Ministry of Justice, first outlines the vision of a constitutional state in which large parts of the classic search for justice are increasingly replaced by algorithms.

Prof. Dr. Meinhard Schröder, University Passau, outlines the legal framework of automated law enforcement.

You can find the report on this lecture here.



Summer Semester 2018:


08 May 2018 · 6.30 PM · Room HS 10 (Building E)

Justitia without a Blindfold? State Profiling and Human rights

Dr. Christian Djeffal

Digital profiles are omnipresent. They are used to predict the future behavior of people - even without their knowledge. In concrete terms, modern data analysis technologies allow conclusions to be drawn about people with certain charateristics, and are increasingly used for risk prevention or crimial prosecution.For example, law enforcement can use technology to identify dangerous individuals or decide sentences. However, if government action is based on the evaluation of big data analyses by artifical intelligence, then citizens' lives will be noticeably impacted. The lecture will shed light on possible forms of profiling, especially in police and security law, and discuss the constitutional framework. To what extent may the state make decisions in consideration of the individual? Must justice wear a blindfold or is it allowed to peek at people's outlines with one eye?

Dr. Christian Djeffal is a PostDoc at the Alexander-von-Humboldt Institute for Internet and Society in Berlin, where he heads the project "Digital Public Administration" and researches questions of artificial intelligence.

Your can view the lecture slides here and event report here.

13. June 2018 · 6.30 PM · Room HS 10 (Campus I, Building E)

Individual Pricing

Prof. Dr. Franz Hofmann · Prof. Dr. Normann Lorenz

Are individual prices justified? Especially on the Internet, users have to pay differrent prices - for example, when booking a flight. Prof. Normann Lorenz (University of Trier) will first discuss the economic aspects of different forms of price discrimination. The law has so far largely ignored this problem.  However, legal questions concerning pricing are now increasingly becoming the focus of public attention and are discussed using keywords such as "gender pricing" or "individual pricing". Is it possible that women have to pay more for a visit to the hairdresser than men, that the rich receive worse offers than poor, or that chips become more expensive on Saturdays before sporting events? Prof. Dr. Franz Hofmann, LL.M. (FAU Erlangen-Nuremberg) highlights the extent to which the current law limits such sprice Personalisation tendencies.

Click here for Prof. Dr. Hofmann's presentation slides.

Winter Semester 2017/2018:

Data protection

05 December 2017 · 6.30 PM · Room HS 10 (Campus I, Building E)

Data protection - a Misjudged Fundamental Right and Its Best Enemies

Dr. Stefan Brink (Data Protection Commissioner of Baden-Württemberg)

While fundamental rights are always contestedin an open society, few have so many pronounced opponents as the "fundamental right to informational self-determination". Tabloids and security policy-makers,along with the New Economy  and even specialised courts are striving to kill this modern fundamental right, while the number of its supporters seems to be shrinking according to age. It's high time  for a plea!

Click here for the event report.


23 January 2018 · 6.30 Uhr · Room HS 10 (Campus I, Building E)

Data protection - a Misjudged Fundamental Right and Its Best Enemies

Dr. Florian Jotzo · Prof. Dr. Ingo J. Timm

Data are the raw materials of an information an knowledge society. Particularly, in scientific research, the data collected often have personal relevance and therefore fall within the scope of data protection law. For instance, analysing Twitter streams or evaluating employee performance assessments both fall within the scope of data protection law. After an introduction to the importance of research data by Prof. Dr. Timm from the Trier Center for Informatics Research & Technologies, Dr. Jotzo from the Christian-Albrechts-University of Kiel explains the relevance of research data in terms of data protection law and show how scientific freedom and informational self-determination can be reconciled.

Click here to download Dr. Jotzo's presentations slides (download)