June 14 to June 25, 2021 | Maastricht University | Virtual event



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Rūta Liepiņa
Rūta Liepiņa is an Assistant Professor in Digital Legal Studies at the Faculty of Law and a SICSS-Duke 2020 alumna. She holds a PhD degree from European University Institute. Her research interests revolve around the topics of legal reasoning, argumentation, and data science. She is an active member of the AI and law community and participates in the leading conferences and workshops on these topics including ICAIL, JURIX, NLLP, ASAIL, and others.
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Monika Leszczyńska
Monika Leszczyńska is Assistant Professor of Empirical Legal Research at the Maastricht University Faculty of Law, Netherlands. She received her PhD in law from University of Bonn (Germany). In her research, she uses laboratory and online experiments as well as content analysis to deliver evidence-based insights to legal decision-makers on the impact of law on human behavior. Among others, she has researched how gender quotas influence group cooperation. She also studies how individuals make decisions in the online environment, i.e., how zero-price offers affect people’s decisions about their contractual rights and privacy. This research project has been funded by a Marie Skłodowska-Curie Individual Fellowship.
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Catalina Goanta
Catalina is Assistant Professor in Private Law at Maastricht University and co-manager of the Maastricht Law and Tech Lab. Her current research addresses decentralization and Internet governance, with projects such as the regulation of social media influencers, where she looks at monetization and content moderation on social media. During February 2018 - February 2019, Catalina was a Niels Stensen fellow and visited the University of St. Gallen (The Institute of Work and Employment) and Harvard University (The Berkman Center for Internet and Society). Catalina is also a non-residential fellow of the Stanford Transatlantic Technology Law Forum, and was a visiting researcher at the Stanford Law School during September 2017.


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Angela Dorrough
Dr. Angela Dorrough is a Postdoctoral Researcher in Social Psychology at the University of Cologne. She started her academic career as a research fellow at the Max Planck Institute for Research on Collective Goods and finished her PhD at the University of Goettingen in 2017. Her research can be divided roughly into two main areas: One the one hand she investigates the determinants of cross-cultural cooperation behavior; on the other hand, her research is dedicated to discrimination (e.g., in selection processes) and potential interventions (e.g., quota rules) to reduce discrimination. For her research she combines methods of economics and psychology to test social psychological theories. Furthermore, she is committed to transparency and replicability in research and communicates these principles as part of her teaching activities.
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Jens Frankenreiter
Jens Frankenreiter is the Postdoctoral Fellow in Empirical Law and Economics at the Ira M. Millstein Center for Global Markets and Corporate Ownership at Columbia Law School. His research and teaching focus on business law, in particular corporate and contract law, and the functioning of legal institutions. Much of his work uses quantitative methods and other computational tools such as automated text analysis and machine learning. His writing has appeared in leading academic journals, among them the Journal of Empirical Legal Studies, the University of Pennsylvania Law Review, and the Southern California Law Review. Jens holds a Ph.D. from the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH Zurich) and a LL.M. from Harvard Law School. Before coming to Columbia, he was a Senior Research Fellow at Max Planck Bonn and a Visiting Associate Professor of Law at the University of Virginia School of Law.
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Michael A. Livermore
Michael A. Livermore is a legal academic whose research focuses on regulatory review, environmental law, cost-benefit analysis, and the application of data science techniques to legal texts. He frequently collaborates on interdisciplinary projects with researchers in other academic fields, including economics, computer science, neurology, and the humanities. He is a graduate of New York University School of Law and clerked for Judge Harry T. Edwards on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit.
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Gijs van Dijck
Gijs integrates legal, empirical, and computational analysis in order to improve the description, application, understanding, and evaluation of the law. He has taught courses on tort law, contract law, property law, empirical legal research, and computational legal research. Gijs has published in top journals including the Journal of Empirical Legal Studies and the Oxford Journal of Legal Studies. He has been a speaker at various conferences, including ones at Oxford, Harvard, Yale, Duke and Cornell. He was a visiting scholar at Stanford University in 2011. Gijs is Professor of Private Law, (co-)director of the Maastricht Law and Tech Lab, Principal Investigator at Brightlands Institute for Smart Society (BISS), and researcher at M-EPLI.

Teaching Assistants

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Bogdan Covrig
Bogdan Covrig is a Research Assistant at the Maastricht Law&Tech Lab (Maastricht University). He is currently following a computer science bachelor degree (Saxion University), which contributes to the interdisciplinary research conducted at the Lab. He is passionate about building infrastructures that support the development of digital legal frameworks. His research interests include human computer interaction (HCI) from the perspective of user behavior and consumer protection. In particular, his current projects focus on social media consumer profiling and influencing, as well as the impact of recommender systems on the commercial activities of influencers/content creators.
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Thales Bertaglia
Thales is a PhD Candidate at Maastricht University, working jointly with Studio Europa and the Institute of Data Science. His current research focuses on characterizing the opinion of youth on European issues using Artificial Intelligence techniques for social media analysis. He is passionate about Computational Linguistics and Machine Learning. Thales received his Master’s Degree in Computer Science and Computational Mathematics from the University of São Paulo.


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Abdurrahman Erol
Abdurrahman is a PhD researcher at the Department of International and European Law, Erasmus University Rotterdam. Prior to starting his doctorate, he received an LL.M. on International and European Law and completed Research Master in Law, both at Tilburg University. His research interests lie at the intersection of international investment law and human rights law. His PhD project focusses on the formulation of investor obligations in international investment agreements and the potential translation of principles from the business and human rights domain into investment agreements in the form of obligations upon investors.
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Anna Kovács
Anna Kovács is a PhD Researcher in the European Doctorate in Law and Economics (EDLE) program, which is organized by three universities: Erasmus University of Rotterdam, the University of Bologna, and the University of Hamburg. She holds an LL.B. degree in International and European Law from the University of Groningen, and an MSc. degree in International Relations and Diplomacy from Leiden University. Her research areas of interest include (international) climate change law and policy, environmental law, geoengineering, and collective action problems. In her dissertation, she analyzes the impact of behavioral factors on the emergence of international action on large-scale collective action problems.
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Anna Sekuła
Anna is a PhD candidate in Comparative Analysis of Institutions, Economics and Law at the University of Turin and Collegio Carlo Alberto, Italy. In her work she focuses on the dynamics of change in legal pluralism and studies developments in human and environmental rights litigation across jurisdictions. She is also interested in methodology and philosophy of law and economics.
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Antonella Zarra
Antonella Zarra is a doctoral researcher at Hamburg University within the European Doctorate in Law and Economics (EDLE), a joint programme by Erasmus University Rotterdam, Bologna University and Hamburg University. Her doctoral project deals with the regulation of artificial intelligence. Through the lenses of law and economics, she scrutinizes the economic and legal incentives that would justify any policy intervention in the use of automated decision-making systems, with a specific focus on liability issues, data ownership and AI trustworthiness. Her further research interests include empirical legal studies, sustainability and gender equality. She holds a Master's Degree in Economics of International Institutions and a Bachelor's Degree in Economics and Management from Bocconi University, Italy. She was a visiting student at the Chengchi University of Taipei, Taiwan.
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Antonio Davola
Dr. Antonio Davola, LLB with honors (University of Pisa, 2015), LLM (Yale Law School, 2018) PhD with honors in “Law and Technology” (Sant’ Anna School of Advanced studies, Pisa, 2019) is Adjunct Professor and Post-Doc Research Fellow at LUISS Guido Carli University in Rome, and Marie Sklodowska Curie Individual Fellow at the University of Amsterdam. His main areas of interest involve financial markets regulation, competition law, consumer protection and the governance of new technologies in the European framework. He devotes significant attention to the application of experimental and empirical analysis to consumer protection, consistently with a research approach strongly focused on Law &Economics. His Marie Curie project “Fair Personalisation” investigates how the use of online personalised and tailored offers affects individual propensity to consume, in order to ultimately redefine the normative thresholds and conditions under which targeted commercial practices may be deemed unfair or manipulative under EU law, laying the foundations for framing a harmonized regulation.
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Choky R. Ramadhan
Choky R. Ramadhan is a Ph.D. candidate at the University of Washington School of Law. He is a lecturer at the Faculty of Law University of Indonesia who teaches anti-corruption clinic and criminal procedure law. Choky obtained a bachelor of law (LL.B.) from the University of Indonesia and a master of Asia and Comparative Law (LL.M.) from the University of Washington. His research interest is criminal justice policy, drug policy, criminal procedure, anti-corruption, and judicial reform. He has worked with Indonesian agencies, international organizations, national NGOs, and Universities to provide research and policy papers on those topics in Indonesia.
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Delia Lucía Martínez Lorenzo
Lucía Martínez Lorenzo holds a Bachelor Degree in Law from Deusto University (Spain), with a minor in Public Law, and an LL.M. in Legal Practice from Universidad de Nebrija (Spain). She successfully passed the national Bar qualification exam in March 2018, and later that year, she became a registered lawyer at the ICALugo. In September 2018, Lucía started as a PhD researcher jointly with the Faculties of Law of Hasselt University and Maastricht Universtity. Her PhD research is entitled “The impact of public procurement law on horizontal and vertical teaming of economic operators in construction projects. Reconciling effective and undistorted competition and the free market”. She has recently written about the consequences of digitalisation for public procurement law developments.
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Giovanni De Gregorio
Giovanni De Gregorio is postdoctoral researcher working with the Programme in Comparative Media Law and Policy at the Centre for Socio-Legal Studies. Within the framework of the ERC ConflictNet project, his research focuses on content moderation and artificial intelligence; hate speech and disinformation in conflicts; digital policy in the global south. His research interest deals with constitutional law, human rights, Internet law, privacy and data protection law. He completed his PhD in Constitutional Law at the University of Milano-Bicocca. His doctoral study has investigated the rise of European digital constitutionalism as a reaction and strategy against the predominance of digital private normativities.
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Ilya Ilin
Ilya is a Junior Research Fellow in IT Law and Ph.D. student of the School of Law at the Tartu University (Estonia). He holds a Master’s degree in Information Technology Law from the University of Tartu and a Specialist’s degree in Law from the St. Petersburg State Engineering and Economic University (Russia). His area of research concerns the legal aspects of Natural Language Processing (NLP) development. Within research, he explores the application of various NLP techniques and their components, such as speech and voice, in the information technology sphere from the perspective of intellectual property and data protection law.
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Joanna Strycharz
Joanna Strycharz is an assistant professor of persuasive communication at the Amsterdam School of Communication Research. Her research focuses on how insights gained from data can be used to adjust communication between organizations and consumers. She is also interested in how such data-driven communication impacts cognitions, attitudes, and behavior of consumers as well as what unintended effects such communication has on individuals and the society. Joanna has completed a PhD in Persuasive Communication at the Amsterdam School of Communication Research, in an interdisciplinary cooperation with the Institute for Information Law. In her PhD project, she examined consumer knowledge of data-driven personalized marketing and its influence on consumer privacy behaviors and consumer empowerment. Additionally, Joanna was a visiting scholar at the Hubbart School of Journalism and Mass Communication at the University of Minnesota.
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Katharina Luckner
Katharina is a PhD student at the Institute of Law and Economics, University of Hamburg. She is part of an interdisciplinary research group on international law and behavioral economics. In her dissertation, she is interested in the influence of social movements on international law; she studies the interdependencies of the law, social norms and people through social simulations and experiments.
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Łukasz Szoszkiewicz
Łukasz Szoszkiewicz is a research assistant in Poznan Human Rights Centre (Institute of Law Studies of the Polish Academy of Sciences). He obtained his Ph.D. in law at Adam Mickiewicz University. His research is focused in the areas of artificial intelligence (AI) and human rights as well as children’s rights. Since 2018, he has been actively engaged in the preparation of the UN Global Study on Children Deprived of Liberty (as the Data Coordinator) and currently leads one of its follow-up projects on data related aspects of immigration detention of children (funded by the Global Campus of Human Rights). In 2019, he undertook a half-year internship at the EU Agency for Fundamental Rights (Research and Data Unit).
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Noam Kolt
Noam Kolt is a doctoral candidate at the University of Toronto Faculty of Law. His research focuses on contract law, computational text analysis, and the governance of artificial intelligence. Noam was appointed an inaugural Schwartz Reisman Institute for Technology and Society Graduate Fellow and held an Ethics of AI Graduate Research Fellowship at the University of Toronto Centre for Ethics. Noam’s scholarship has been published or is forthcoming in the Berkeley Technology Law Journal, Yale Law & Policy Review, International Journal of Constitutional Law, and Melbourne University Law Review.
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Sandra Hahn
I am a PhD candidate in Economic Sociology at the Lisbon School of Economics and Management (ISEG), which is part of the University of Lisbon. I studied Journalism and I have a Master's Degree in Latin America Studies with concentration in Political Science.
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Siyun Jiang
Siyun is a Ph.D. candidate in the Department of Government and an M.A. in Statistics student in the Department of Statistics and Data Science at the University of Texas at Austin. She broadly studies political economy and judicial politics with causal inference methods and text analysis. Her dissertation is on the impact of political centralization and local bureaucratic resistance in China’s judicial system. Before joining in UT, she lived and studied in Mainland China, Taiwan, Thailand and Hong Kong.
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Wojciech Giemza
Wojciech is a PhD Researcher at the Department of Law of the European University Institute (EUI) in Florence. He earned an MA in law at the University of Warsaw and an LL.M. in international law at the EUI. His main research interests are public international law (in particular international economic law), international adjudication, legal sociology, anthropology and history. He is a founding member of the International Economic Law and Policy Working Group and a former Researchers’ Representative at the EUI. His PhD project concerns the use of references to the International Court of Justice and the Permanent Court of International Justice in investment arbitration. The project involves doctrinal and empirical approach to the texts of judicial decisions, including citation network analysis and causal inferences, combined with socio-legal and historical insights.
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Wu Hao
Wu Hao is a PhD student in the Department of Computing Science at the University of Aberdeen. His research focuses on automatising the justification process of the query result in an argumentation system and optimising the efficiency of related algorithms. His interests also lie in functional programming and data analysis.

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