Summer School 2020 is cancelled due to COVID-19 related restrictions!


 At the Summer School 2020, renowned experts will give participants an insight into cutting edge topics of IT Law and Legal Informatics.

The summer school consists of two Topic Areas:

  • Data protection and IT Security
  • AI and the Law

It will be interdisciplinary in nature, aiming to provide insights both into computer science research and into the legal challenges that follow.

Data Protection and IT Security

Data protection belongs to the most intensively and controversially discussed legal topics in today’s day and age. With the GDPR, the EU has created a uniform legal framework, the content of which is however based on the Data Protection Regulation of 1995 which takes the traditional concepts of data protection forward. The US-American legal system, on the other hand, lacks a similar data protection system. Rather than having general regulation, the reliance in the US is on specific rules, for example for the protection of consumers - there is more emphasis on transparency than on private data protection (“data minimisation”). Japan has recently passed modern Data Protection legislation which is clearly based on the Data Protection Regulation, but which sets its own priorities and seeks to achieve a compromise between the need for data protection and the use of the data. Privacy Enhancing Technologies complement legal data protection measures by providing (among others) anonymization, data aggregation and enforcement of data processing policies.

The use of IT systems in our digital society is unavoidable; the use of the internet forms is a core element of our personal lifestyles and, to an increasing extent, of essential infrastructures that all of us rely on. The complexity of these systems, however, makes them (and us) vulnerable. Security loopholes through which attackers can impair their confidentiality, integrity or functionality must therefore be taken extremely seriously. In addition to personal and private data, the risk to financial assets and the identity of individuals is also great. Attacks on critical infrastructures, such as water or electricity supply, can have devastating consequences for the general population..

AI and the Law

One of the biggest challenges facing today’s society is without a doubt is Artificial Intelligence and the scope of its use is enormous. In the coming years autonomous process will increasingly be replaced by autonomous systems. Our society will be changed forever by autonomous systems. As predicted by studies and surveys, humans will be progressively replaced by machines.

At the same time, classical programming will increasingly be replaced by self-learning systems—“machine learning” which has potential that could not have been imagined a few years ago. Examples such as “AlphaGo” and “DeepBlue”, while limited in scope, show that machines can be better at learning than humans are/currently. Time and again, machine learning algorithms are applied to new and ever more challenging application domains.

These developments can be met with positive expectations: aspects such as the reduction of the physical burden on workers, the possibility to work more efficiently and a fall in the number of accidents through the use of autonomous vehicles, describe the hopes which can be pinned on the use of autonomous systems.