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After promising a rose garden in commercial and political communication, consumer choice, energy efficiency, car driving and medical research, artificial intelligence has reached the domain of law.
Will the transformation of legal text into digital data and the search for mathematical patterns transform the way we govern ourselves? Will predictive policing be succeeded by highly accurate prediction of case law, where machines outperform their human masters (the lawyers)? Will the ability to design self-executing code for regulatory regimes improve compliance and reform current thinking about legislation?
Mireille Hildebrandt, Research Professor on 'Interfacing Law and Technology' at Vrije Universiteit Brussels, will discuss these questions with special attention to the way this transformation may impact data protection law, its regulatory reach and the protection it offers.
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Mireille Hildebrandt is a Research Professor on 'Interfacing Law and Technology' at Vrije Universiteit Brussels (VUB), appointed by the VUB Research Council. She works with the research group on Law Science Technology and Society studies (LSTS) at the Faculty of Law and Criminology.
She also holds the part-time Chair of Smart Environments, Data Protection and the Rule of Law at the Science Faculty, at the Institute for Computing and Information Sciences (iCIS) at Radboud University Nijmegen.
Her research interests concern the implications of automated decisions, machine learning and mindless artificial agency for law and the rule of law in constitutional democracies.
Hildebrandt has published 4 scientific monographs, 21 edited volumes or special issues, and over 100 chapters and articles in scientific journals and volumes.
She received an ERC Advanced Grant for her project on ‘Counting as a Human Being in the era of Computational Law’ (2019-2024).