Lectures will be given by a panel of renowned experts from the field of IT Law and Legal Informatics. These include:

Prof. Dr. Georg Borges


Saarland University, Saarbrücken, Germany

  • Since 2014, Prof. Dr. Georg Borges has held the Chair of Civil Law, Legal Informatics, German and International Business Law and Legal Theory at Saarland University in Saarbrücken, Germany. He is also managing director of the Institute of Legal Informatics.
  • Prof. Dr. Borges practiced as a lawyer before having been appointed professor in 2004. For several years, he was also practicing as a judge at the Oberlandesgericht Hamm (functioning nearly exclusively as a Court of Appeal), where he was dealing with numerous corporate and commercial civil law matters.
  • Current research focuses on topics related to autonomous systems, the Internet of Things, cloud computing and German and European data protection law.

Professor Dr. Dominik Brodowski


Saarland University, Saarbrücken, Germany

  • In 2018, Prof. Dr. Dominik Brodowski was appointed professor for criminal law and criminal procedural law.
  • He studied law at the University of Tübingen, Germany, earned an LL.M. at the University of Pennsylvania, USA, and holds the venia legendi for Criminal Law, Criminal Procedure, European and International Law, IT-Criminal Law and Economic Criminal Law, granted by Goethe University Frankfurt.
  • After his doctorate, Prof. Dr. Brodowski worked as a research assistant at the Open C³S – the Open Competence Centre for Cyber Security – and the Institute for Criminal Science and Philosophy of Law at Goethe University Frankfurt am Main.
  • Prof. Dr. Brodowski is a senior fellow at the Carol and Lawrence Zicklin Centre for Business Ethics Research at the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania.
  • Research expertise in the areas of criminal law and digitalization, foundations and methodology of criminal law, criminal law and criminal procedural law with its European, international, constitutional and interdisciplinary dimensions.

Professor Dr. Christoph Sorge

Photographer: Oliver Dietze

Saarland University, Saarbrücken, Germany

  • Prof. Dr. Christoph Sorge is professor of legal informatics at Saarland University and director at the Institute of Legal Informatics at Saarland University.
  • Prof. Dr. Sorge completed his studies of Information Engineering and Management at the Universität Karlsruhe.
  • Previously, he worked as a researcher at NEC Laboratories Europe GmbH and as an assistant professor at Paderborn University.
  • Dr. Sorge’s research interests lie in privacy-enhancing technologies, applications of cryptography in network security, and questions of information privacy law with relation to security and data protection.

Professor Emeritus Robert Kowalski, PhD

Imperial College London, London, England
  • Professor Emer Robert Kowalski, PhD, is emeritus professor at Imperial College London.
  • His research is concerned both with developing human-oriented models of computing and computational models of human thinking.
  • His early work in the field of automated theorem-proving contributed to the development of logic programming in the early 1970s.
  • His later research includes work on the event calculus, legal reasoning, abductive reasoning and argumentation.
  • He received the IJCAI award for Research Excellence in 2011, and the JSPS award for Eminent Scientists in 2021.

Professor Ken Satoh

National Institute of Informatics (NII), Tokyo, Japan
  • Ken Satoh is a professor from NII (National Institute of Informatics) and Sokendai (The Graduate University of Advanced Studies) in Japan.
  • He has been studying logical foundations of artificial intelligence for 30 years and published more than 150 papers (See here!).
  • Currently he is very much interested in the application of logical framework to law such us a support system for judge and a compliance mechanism of AI.
  • For a preparation for this research topic, he entered the law school of the University of Tokyo in 2009 and passed the Japanese bar exam in 2017.
  • He is one of the founders of JURISIN workshop (workshop on Juris-Informatics) and COLIEE competion (competitions on Legal Information Extraction and Entailment).

Professor Dr. Michele van Eck

University of Johannesburg, Johannesburg, South Africa
  • Prof Michele van Eck is an Associate Professor and Head of the Department of Private Law at the University of Johannesburg.
  • Prof Michele van Eck is an admitted attorney of the High Court of South Africa and has practiced as both a lawyer and in-house legal counsel within several industries before joining the University of Johannesburg in 2019.
  • Her research has, over the years, expanded to include 4IR-related dimensions in areas, such as, smart contracts and the normative framework of AI regulations within her research areas of contract law, legal education, legal ethics and the legal profession.

Professor Dr. Raja Chatila

Sorbonne University, Paris, France
  • Prof. Dr. Raja Chatila is professor emeritus of Artificial Intelligence, robotics and ethics at Sorbonne University, France.
  • Prof. Dr. Chatila is chair of the IEEE Global Initiative on Ethics of Autonomous and Intelligent Systems (A/IS). He is co-chair of the Responsible AI working group of the Global Partnership on AI. He is member of the National Pilot Committee on Digital Ethics in France. He was a member of the high-level expert group on Artificial Intelligence by the European Commission (2018-2020).
  • He is the former director of the Institute for Intelligent Systems and Robotics – the ‘ISIR’, Sorbonne University – and of the SMART Laboratory of Excellence on human-machine interactions. In 2014-2015 he was president of the IEEE Robotics and Automation Society. He is an IEEE fellow and recipient of the IEEE Pioneer in Robotics and Automation Award.

Dr. Victor Sanchez

University of Warwick, UK
  • Professor. Victor Sanchez, PhD, is professor (Reader) of Computer Science with the Department of Computer Science of The University of Warwick, UK, where he leads the Signal and Information Processing (SIP) Lab.
  • He received the PhD degree from The University of British Columbia, Canada, in 2010, and was later a Postdoctoral Researcher at The University of California at Berkeley, USA.
  • His research focuses on the application of signal processing and machine/deep learning for image and video analysis, biometrics, and security. He has authored over 140 papers in these areas.
  • He has been a member of the Information Forensics and Security Technical Committee of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) and is currently the Chair of the Technical Committee on Computational Forensics under the auspices of the International Association for Pattern Recognition (IAPR).
  • His research is currently funded by Ford Motor Company USA and the Defence and Security Accelerator of the UK’s Home Office.

Dr. Moritz Kiese

d-fine AG, Zurich, Switzerland
  • Dr. Moritz Kiese is responsible for the Software Engineering and Big Data Applications practice as partner at d-fine, where he has led complex software development projects for asset managers, banks, insurance companies, regulators, TSOs and the manufacturing industry.
  • He is part of the original team behind the first European Data Trustee EuroDaT and strives to make more data available for informed decisions by contributing towards a new ecosystem for ESG data: Dataland.
  • Prior to joining d-fine, Dr. Moritz Kiese worked on network planning problems at TU München in collaboration with Nokia Siemens Networks, Zuse Institute Berlin, and the Technical University of Denmark obtaining his PhD in Electrical Engineering and Information Technology in 2010.

Martin Rollinger

  • Martin is a trained lawyer with 20+ years of experience in E-Government and E-Justice.
  • In 2000, he co-founded SINC (See here!), which has grown to be one of the largest specialized public sector IT companies in Germany.
  • In the past 20 years, he’s been involved with numerous E-Government projects in domains such as education, law enforcement, intelligence and environmental management.
  • He has been responsible for one of the largest projects in the digitization of German courts and public prosecutors offices and has been actively involved in building tools and products in the AI and law space for the past 10+ years.

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