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Artificial Intelligence and Human Rights

About the working group

Artificial intelligence (AI) has become omnipresent and significantly influences the state, society and individuals. It is essential for coping with pandemics, changes the healthcare sector, and individual healthcare. It is indispensable for traffic control and for partially regulating economics, such as through labour market administration or job recruitment. It is used for combating crime and in many other areas of our lives, even for steering individual behaviour. The resulting opportunities are enormous as are the threats and risks: the use of AI interferes with legally protected rights protected by national and European constitutional law as well as international human rights, first and foremost, the right to privacy. It is still unclear whether the potential threat just concerns certain human rights or whether it, more fundamentally, concerns the common core of all human rights, namely a human person’s autonomy. This poses the question of whether and how AI is regulated or should be regulated – i.e., which governance approaches or opportunities are possible as well as the limits of regulation. 

The AI and Human Rights working group wants to address these problems. It is an interdisciplinary research group focusing on law. Its research should contribute to more legal certainty in an adequate governance framework for this topic, a governance framework taking account of both the opportunities and the threats and risks of Artificial Intelligence.

 

Artificial Intelligence and Human Rights (University of Vienna)

Chair

Department of Innovation and Digitalisation in Law, University of Vienna
Iris Eisenberger
Department of Public, International and European Law, Section Public and Administrative Law, Paris Lodron University Salzburg
Reinhard Klaushofer

Members

Name
University/Institution
Erika de Wet
Professor of International Law, University of Graz
Nikolaus Forgó
Professor of IT and IP Law, University of Vienna
Annemarie Hofer
Chair of the Young Section of the working group, PhD student in Interdisciplinary Legal Studies Environment and Bio-Resources Management, University of Vienna
Andreas Holzinger
Professor of Digital Transformation in Smart Farm and Forest Operations, BOKU – University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences, Vienna
Matthias Kettemann
Professor of Innovation, Theory and Philosophy of Law, University of Innsbruck
Sebastian Krempelmeier
Post-Doc, Public Law, University of Salzburg
Konrad Lachmayer
Professor of Public Law, European Law and Fundamentals of Law, Sigmund Freud Private University Vienna
Paola Lopez
Uni:Docs Fellow at the Department of Legal Philosophy, Mathematics, University of Vienna
Martina Mara
Professor of Robopsychology, Johannes Kepler University Linz
Nikolaus Pöchhacker
Senior Scientist, Technology Studies, University of Klagenfurt
Sebastian Scholz
Assistenzprofessor für Technologie- und Innovationsrecht, Universität Graz
Florian Sebastian Werni
Post-Doc, Department of Innovation and Digitalisation in Law, University of Vienna

Members of the Young Section

Name
University/Institution
Annemarie Hofer
Chair of the Young Section, Department of Innovation and Digitalisation in Law, University of Vienna
Angelika Adensamer
VICESSE
Cansu Cinar
Department of Legal and Constitutional History, University of Vienna
Antonia Csuk
Department of Public Law and Political Science, University of Graz
Fabian Fischer
University of Applied Arts Vienna
Tessa Grosz
Institute for Legal Gender Studies, Johannes Kepler University Linz
Ellen Hagedorn
Department of Legal Philosophy, University of Vienna
Theresa Henne
Institute of Innovation and Digitalisation in Law, University of Vienna
Sebastian Krempelmeier
Public Law, University of Salzburg
Paola Lopez
Department of Legal Philosophy, Mathematics, University of Vienna
Lisa Müllner
Institute of Innovation and Digitalisation in Law, University of Vienna
Elisabeth Paar
Institut für Staats- und Verwaltungsrecht, University of Vienna
Katharina Pötz
Institut für Zivilrecht, University of Vienna
Nikolaus Pöchhacker
Digital Age Research Center, University of Klagenfurt
Felicitas Rachinger
Department of Legal Theory and Future of Law, University of Innsbruck
Timothée Schmude
Research Network Data Science, University of Vienna
Sophia Witz
Institute of Innovation and Digitalisation in Law, University of Vienna