Call for papers Legal Design as Academic Discipline

The workshop “Legal Design as Academic Discipline: Foundations, Methodology, Applications” will take place on December 12, 2018 in Groeningen (Netherlands) during JURIX. Legal Design is an interdisciplinary approach to apply human-centered design to prevent or solve legal problems. It can help to create functional, inclusive and transparent legal documents, services, and systems.

This workshop welcomes theoretical contributions, for instance on:

  • What is Legal Design? What is it not?
  • Which methodologies can be applied and for which purposes?
  • From which neighbouring research fields can Legal Design benefit?
  • What is the added value of Legal Design to the academic field?
  • How can Legal Design help to develop and validate new legal theories?

It also welcomes the description of practical applications (projects, practices and examples, better if grounded in legal informatics):

  • access, usability, communication and visualisation of legal documents, data and information
  • improving access to justice and remedies for different stakeholders
  • design of interfaces for artificial intelligence in the legal domain
  • design and evaluation of legal digital services (platforms, apps, etc.)
  • usable applications for natural language processing  of legal texts
  • design of technologies (e.g. blockchain, algorithms, artificial intelligence, platforms, etc.) in compliance  with the applicable laws
  • implementation and enforcement of legal principles through IT, design and behavioural economics (choice architectures, patterns, etc.)
  • interpretation of legal visualizations
  • transparency of legal information and documentation
  • usability in privacy, data protection, and security
  • Legal Design in & for education

Read the call for papers for more details on the workshop and the submission.

Call for Papers TILTing Perspectives 2019: Regulating a World in Transition

Call for Papers TILTing Perspectives 2019: Regulating a World in Transition

15-17 May 2019, Tilburg University, Tilburg, the Netherlands

Change may be the intended result of the application of a technology, or it may be one of its unintended side effects. In any case, the development of technology by humanity poses complex moral and legal questions as to the acceptable intended and unintended effects that technology has on a given society.

These developments and transformations warrant the adoption of ‘Regulating a World in Transition’ as the theme for the sixth bi-annual TILTing Perspectives conference on the intersection of law, technology, and society.

The conference features six large tracks: Data Protection, Health and Environment, Responsibility in Artificial Intelligence, Intellectual Property and Innovation, Digital Clearinghouse ,and Justice and the Data Market.

We welcome research papers, position papers, work-in-progress presentations and other contributions before November 1st 2018.

Interested? Read more on the conference website.

Please find the call for papers here.

Two PhD positions open!

PRE-ANNOUNCEMENT

2 positions for PhD students at the University of Luxembourg – Interdisciplinary Centre for Security, Reliability and Trust, in the Law, Science and Technology Joint Doctorate – LAST-JD, program “Rights of the Internet of Everything” (RIoE).

VERY IMPORTANT: THIS IS A PRE-ANNOUNCEMENT!!! The actual Call for Application of LAST-JD RIoE will be available later. LAST-JD RIoE is expected to start on 1st of April 2019 with commencement of the PhD on the 1st November 2019.

The Interdisciplinary Centre for Security, Reliability and Trust of the University of Luxembourg has obtained a large grant from the H2020 Marie Skłodowska-Curie Innovative Training Networks (ITN) schema, devoted to fund two PhD positions within the already established Law, Science and Technology Joint Doctorate LAST-JD, under a special program “Rights of the Internet of Everything” (RIoE).

LAST-JD RIoE is led by a consortium of 9 European Universities plus 15 other partners (companies and non-EU universities). 15 PhD students will be hired in total, 2 at the University of Luxembourg.

The two PhD students that will be hired at the University of Luxembourg are expected to spend part of the PhD abroad. Specifically:

1) 6 months (M1-M6) at the University of Bologna, CIRSFID, Italy
2) 6 months (M7-M12) at the University of Turin, Department of Computer Science, Italy
3) 24 months (M13-M36) at the University of Luxembourg, SnT
4) In the third year (M25-M36), the student is required to carry out an industrial internship in one company in the consortium.

Furthermore, the H2020 Marie Skłodowska-Curie ITN schema offer generous “Research, training and networking costs” for attending conferences and summer schools, where the two students will have the possibility to disseminate their results, collecting feedback, and get in touch with main worldwide players in their research field.

The description of the two PhD positions, as well as further information about LAST-JD, may be found below.

Candidates interested in one of the two PhD positions should communicate their interest to Livio Robaldo (livio.robaldo@uni.lu). The full CV of the candidate must be sent in attachment. Candidates will then have to prepare a 3-pages document describing their PhD project proposal. The 3-pages project proposal must be in line with either of the two descriptions below.

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PhD position #1:

Title: Security and privacy of resource constrained devices

Objectives: Recent hackers’ attacks have shown the vulnerability of Internet-of-Things (IoT) devices due to their limited computing power. Given also their ubiquitous presence, lower costs and limitations in keeping security measures up to date, they represent a growing risk for the security of IT infrastructures.

Expected Results:
1. Analysis of the weaknesses of resources bounded IoT devices.
2. Analysis of legal frameworks regulating IoT security
3. Security framework and best practices for resource constrained devices
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PhD position #2:

Title: Risk analysis and regulatory compliance of distributed ledger technologies for transaction and management of securities

Objectives: Distributed Ledger Technologies (DLTs) are fairly new. An in-depth risk analysis is therefore needed. The aim of this research track is to provide a comprehensive account of the risks associated with the use of DLTs in transacting and managing securities. The research will assess the risks, advantages and drawbacks of DLTs in this specific domain in comparison with other existing technologies for managing and transacting with securities.

Expected Results:
1. Identify pitfalls, security problems and vulnerabilities of DLTs systems
2. Compare existing platforms of security management with new DLTs systems
3. Asses the advantages (if any) and the feasibility of building a DLT architecture for managing securities
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The LAST-JD International Doctorate in ”Law, Science, and Technology” is an interdisciplinary integrated doctorate, designed to address new challenges in: (1) Bioethics and Biolaw, (2) ICT Law, and (3) Legal Informatics. The doctorate school was founded in 2012; a new version of LAST-JD, titled LAST-JD RIoE (Rights of the Internet of Everything), has been retained for funding by the Marie Skłodowska-Curie Innovative Training Networks. The consortium of LAST-JD RIoE includes 24 academic and industrial partners, among which nine universities from seven European countries that are well-known for innovation, interdisciplinarity and excellence in Law and Computer Science, and for running many international doctorate programs. Industrial partner organizations will mentor ESR and host internships, and include firms working on Internet-of-Things, distributed ledger technologies, security, etc. PhD students in LAST-JD RIoE are required to spend an internship in one of the company in the consortium during the third year. Top-level conferences and summer schools for which the two PhD can use the “Research, training and networking costs” put at disposal by the H2020 Marie Skłodowska-Curie ITN schema are ACM CCS, IEEE S&P, Usenix security, NDSS, and FOSAD.

The Internet of Everything poses technical, legal and ethical challenges for a society which is still under-prepared for its emergence, lacking suitable personnel (developers, policy advisors) with the necessary understanding of the complex set of issues involved. The PhD program ranges over five “Internet of”: (1) Internet of Things: brings in automatic sensors to all kinds of equipment, and allows real-time data analytics in the cloud. Disparate Internet of Things systems are connected via an ever expanding network to allow cognitive computers capable of learning and sorting information; (2) Internet of Persons: persons who contribute each day with a huge amount of content and create new relations via social networks; Internet of Data (3): addresses the problem of how to deal with a huge amount of interconnected data via Big Data technologies, that can give meaning to data and make devices smart; (4) Internet of Healthcare: dealing with the availability of data in the field of medicine, promising us new approaches to take care of patients, also at home; (5) Internet of Money: which promises a revolution in the financial world, through underlying distributed ledger technologies (such as the Blockchain); such technologies create a layer of trust above the Internet, thus allowing financial transactions and more.

The following tasks are required for LAST-JD RIoE PhD students:
– Presentation of research findings at workshops and conferences
– Publication of papers / scientific articles in peer-reviewed international journals
– Possibility of participating in teaching activities (seminars)
– Designing, developing, and defending the PhD thesis within four years.

Your Profile:
– Master’s Degree (or equivalent) in Computer Science or related disciplines such as Data and Information Science, Human-Computer-Interaction, etc. It is possible to apply if the respective degree is to be obtained soon (details to be given in the application)
– Good command of written and spoken English
– Dedication to actively participate in the interdisciplinary framework of the LAST-JD RIoE

The University of Luxembourg offers:
– A dynamic environment with a large number of ongoing scientific activities (English as working language)
– A cutting-edge digital research infrastructure
– Financial support (travel allowances) for participating in scientific activities (workshops, conferences, summer schools, etc.)
– Attractive salary and employment contract including social insurance contribution

Contacts:
– In case of questions, please contact Livio Robaldo at livio.robaldo@uni.lu

The University of Luxembourg is an equal opportunity employer and applications by women are especially encouraged

Call for contributors!
“Convergences of Law and Digital”
@University of Bordeaux

The University of Bordeaux is Calling for contributors for the dedicated event “Convergences of Law and Digital“.

The “digital revolution”, caused by the widespread dissemination of digital technologies in the society, is disrupts organizational and economic models as well as legal categories. In order to make legal and digital technology stakeholders collaborate to a collective thinking on the evolution of the law and the framing of the digital practices in the light of the digital revolution, the University of Bordeaux involved itself in creating a dedicated event: the “Convergences of Law and Digital“.

The format of the event accounts for this disruption: its program is jointly drafted in a collaborative way, so as to create lasting bridges between the legal and digital communities. This event is original in many ways. Its organization and its course are based on the obligation of interdisciplinarity between contributors, the promotion of trans-generational, collaborative and agile practices, underpinned by the use of digital tools for collaborative and remote work.

The principles and working methods laid down for the “Convergences” include:

  • The obligation of trans-disciplinarity, through the creation of working pairs to mix disciplines;
  • The promotion of trans-generational transmission, through the search for pairs comprising a “senior” (that is, a confirmed practitioner of his discipline) and a “junior” (e.g. a young lecturer, PhD student, etc.);
  • Working in collaborative and agile modes: the themes of the conference come from participants in the workshop, the publication of the proceedings is carried out fast in digital form, etc.;
  • The use of collaborative work tools (such as pads), for writing summaries of the workshops and the legal-computer glossary;
  • The use of remote work tools (videoconferencing, pads, etc.).

The “Convergences” consists of two events, separated by a period of collaborative work. The winter workshop, in February-March, allows people to present individual contributions, identify work topics and create pairs. During the autumn conference, in September-October, pairs present their joint work, with the constraint that computer scientists must speak about legal issues and lawyers, about digital issues. Round tables and demonstrations complete this event.

The three topics that have been selected for 2018’s colloquium (15-17 October, Bordeaux) are the following :

  • Topic A : algorithms and commercial practices
  • Topic B : regulation of digital activities (e.g. cybersecurity law, etc.)
  • Topic C : personal data

Contributors can still integrate the project at this stage, to complete pairs with participants to the previous winter workshop.

To do so, please send a short CV and potential topics for contributions (pertaining to the aforementioned list of topics) to professor François Pellegrini (francois.pellegrini@u-bordeaux.fr).

New partnership with the European University Institute in Florence

The University of Luxembourg and the European University Institute (EUI) in Florence have just entered into an Agreement on Educational and Scientific Cooperation. Professor Renaud Dehousse, President of the EUI, and Professor Stéphane Pallage, Rector of the University of Luxembourg signed the agreement at a ceremony at the premises of the EUI on 13 July 2018.

Read more directly at this link.