On August 11, 2020, the Institute of Legal Informatics organised an "Online Conference IT and Law" in English for the first time in order to enable the international exchange between renowned experts and committed young researchers on highly topical issues in the fields of IT law and Legal Informatics. Thus, even in times of COVID-19, the Institute of Legal Informatics has found ways to adapt.

There were engaging lectures and lively discussions on the following topic blocks:

  • Artificial Intelligence
  • IT Security and Data Protection
  • Legal Tech



Below you will find an overview of the conference programme and the presentation slides of the participants.

10:00 Opening Remarks
Prof. Dr. Georg Borges, Managing Director, Institute of Legal Informatics

Artificial Intelligence

Legal Framework for AI

Prof. Dr. Georg Borges, Saarland University


The insurmountable trade-off: Efficiency vs. Human Rights in the area of AI
Jonas Pfister, University of Vienna


The Punishment Gap:
The Unmet Desire to Punish AI and Robots Upon Damages

Gabriel Lima, Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST)

12:45 Break

IT Security and Data Protection

Challenges of (IT) Forensics
Prof. Dr. Christoph Sorge, Saarland University

14:45 Publicly available Data, "Self-Determination" and "Self-Opening" within the GDPR
Jakob Zanol, University of Vienna, Research Group Legal Informatics

Legal Tech
15:35 Is Insisting on Specific Performance under Smart Contracts Desirable?
Eyup Kun, Istanbul University
16:15 Closing Remarks
Prof. Dr. Christoph Sorge, Director, Institute of Legal Informatics
16:30 End of Conference




BMAS: ExamAI – KI Testing & Auditing

In the BMAS (Federal Ministry of Labour and Social Affairs) project "ExamAI" Professor Borges' chair develops concepts for auditing and certification of AI applications. Further information: ExamAI


Legal Testbed

The chair of Prof. Borges is developing solutions for Industry 4.0 through the project "Recht-Testbed Industrie 4.0" funded by the Federal Ministry of Economics and Technology (BMWi). More...


As part of the »INITIATIVE« project Professor Borges' team is working on AI-supported communication for autonomous vehicles in traffic. Click here to learn more...

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