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Mapping the Future of Law

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From 1:00pm to 5:00pm CET

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Hanna Gemza

Una Europa Operational Lead


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The Future Law Lab of Jagiellonian University in Krakow, Poland is organizing a two-day short, virtual seminar “Mapping the Future of Law.” The event aims to facilitate dialogue between established scholars and junior researchers from the Una Europa universities. The aim is to create a space of mutual learning, enabling the participants to share their present work, take a glimpse at the frontier of research in areas other than their own, and allow new ideas to spark and grow.

We can’t predict the future, but we can try to steer it in certain directions. To do so, however, we need a firm understanding of the current trends shaping our societies. Digitalization is one of them. With more spheres of life moving online, the world is getting smaller, yet inequalities are growing. Unprecedented amounts of data are generated, leading to both good and malicious uses of the new technologies. As certain old centers of power wither, new ones emerge. The law plays a role in causing these transformations and has a role to play in making sure that the weakest among us are not harmed while the benefits are justly shared.

All these rapid socio-technological changes affect legal scholarship. On the one hand, new kinds of questions need answering. On the other, new methods of addressing them become available. And each one of us is a participant-observer in these changes.


  1. Day 1 (Thursday, June 17, 2021)
  2. 13:00 – 13:10 Welcome and introductions
  3. 13:10 – 14:20 Session 1
  4. Crafting digital transparency: Implementing legal values into algorithmic design by Riikka Koulu (Helsinki)
  5. The COMPAS(S) of fairness in automated predictions and decisions by Francesca Lagioia (Bologna, EUI) & Giovanni Sartor (Bologna, EUI)
  6. Moderator: Przemysław Pałka (Jagiellonian)
  7. 14:20 – 14:30 Break
  8. 14:30 – 15:40 Session 2
  9. How AI Technology Challenges Some Basic Notions of Trademark Law by Marie-Christine Janssens (KU Leuven)
  10. Artificial Copyright Law by Ewa Laskowska-Litak (Jagiellonian)
  11. Moderator: Tomasz Zygmunt (Jagiellonian)
  12. 15:40 – 15:50 Break
  13. 15:50 – 17:00 Session 3
  14. Giving consumers too many choices: a false good idea? Lab experiment applied to water and electricity tariffs by Carine Staropoli (Paris 1, PSE)
  15. The measuring of the law by Hans-W. Micklitz (Helsinki, EUI)
  16. Moderator: Katarzyna Południak-Gierz (Jagiellonian)
  17. Day 2 (Friday, June 18, 2021)
  18. 13:00 – 14:10 Session 4
  19. Can Lawyers Estimate the Probability of Legal Outcomes? by Andreas Engert (Freie Berlin)
  20. Creative Informatics and Legal Automation: Classical Enemies, Future Friends by Burkhard Schafer (Edinburgh)
  21. Moderator: Ewa Laskowska-Litak (Jagiellonian)
  22. 14:10 – 14:20 Break
  23. 14:20 – 15:30 Session 5
  24. Legal research on ICT standards, and why it matters by Olia Kanevskaia (KU Leuven)
  25. The world of fifty (interoperable) facebooks by Przemysław Pałka (Jagiellonian)
  26. Bohdan Widła (Jagiellonian)
  27. 15:30 – 15:40 Break
  28. 15:40 – 16:50 Session 6
  29. Algorithmic Discrimination: Exploring the EU Equality Law Toolbox by Raphaële Xenidis (Edinburgh, Copenhagen)
  30. Towards regulating liability for AI-related harm in the EU by Beátrice Schütte (Helsinki)
  31. Moderator: Przemysław Pałka (Jagiellonian)
  32. 16:50 – 17:00 Concluding remarks