INformation in the EU’s DIgitalised GOvernance (INDIGO)

Advanced Machine Learning and Democratic Governance

The project INDIGO (INformation in the EU’s DIgitalised Governance) addresses pressing issues affecting the future of democratic governance in Europe given advanced machine learning-based algorithms in public decision making. The project builds on an interdisciplinary team of experts in Luxembourg, Barcelona, Freiburg, Helsinki, and Karlsruhe organized in working groups composed of legal scholars, social scientists, and computer science experts on artificial intelligence and machine learning. The project teams will study the interactions of new technologies and their impact on concepts of democratic accountability, the rule of law, fundamental rights and principles, and the use of expert knowledge in public decision-making.

Future-Proof Regulatory Approaches

The research undertaken is to develop future-proof regulatory approaches to technological innovation structuring the interface between citizens, science, and law and the notions of discretion given AI. Thereby, INDIGO will create pathways to both enhance the rule of law, democracy, transparency, and the protection of fundamental individual rights as well as efficiency in problem-solving and provision of public goods in the context of the profound and potentially profoundly transformative impact of innovative information technologies on rule-making and decision-making procedures in the EU.

Team

Project Leader:
Professor Dr. Herwig C. H. Hofmann, University of Luxembourg (Luxembourg)

Prof. Dr. Herwig C. H. Hofmann is a Professor of European and Transnational Public Law at the University of Luxembourg. Professor Hofmann is a member of numerous international and national scientific organizations is a member of the scientific boards of several legal journals. He was the University of Luxembourg’s first Professor of Law (2004), where he was also the founder of the Centre for European Law (2006) and the Robert Schuman Institute for European Affairs (2015). Before joining the University of Luxembourg, he was a full-time lecturer in law at Trinity College Law School in Dublin, Ireland. In addition, professor Hofmann has held visiting positions at institutions in Europe (including at Sciences Po in Paris and the EUI in Florence), in the US (including at Columbia Law School in New York and the University of San Francisco Law School), and in Asia (at Chuo University in Tokyo). Hofmann is a graduate of the Universities of Oxford (M.Jur) and Hamburg (Dr.iur).

Principal Investigator:
Professor Dr. Franziska Boehm, FIZ Karlsruhe (Germany)

Prof. Dr. Franziska Boehm is a Section Head for Intellectual Property Rights in Distributed Information Infrastructures (IGR) at FIZ Karlsruhe – Leibniz Institute for Information Infrastructure and Professor at the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT), Center for Applied Legal Studies (ZAR).

Principal Investigator:
Professor Dr. Oriol Mir, Universitat Pompeu Fabra (Spain)

Prof. Dr. Oriol Mir is a Professor of Administrative Law at the Universitat Pompeu Fabra.

Principal Investigator:
Professor Dr. Jens-Peter Schneider, University of Freiburg (Germany)

Prof. Dr. Jens-Peter Schneider is a Professor of Public Law and European Information and Infrastructure Law at the University of Freiburg.

Principal Investigator:
Professor Dr. Päivi Leino-Sandberg, University of Helsinki (Finland)

Prof. Dr. Päivi Leino-Sandberg is Professor of Transnational European Law, University of Helsinki, and Director of its Master’s Programme in Global Governance Law. She is Deputy Director of the Erik Castrén Institute of International Law and Human Rights, where she currently leads or acts as PI for five international research projects (TrUE, SepaRope, Indigo, RECONNECT, and 2035LEGITIMACY). Her main research interests relate to EU decision-making, the use of legal and other expertise, and questions of democratic governance. She specializes in EU institutional and constitutional law, focusing on European administrative law, the Economic and Monetary Union, and EU external relations.

Researcher:
Professor Dr. Dirk Andreas Zetzsche, University of Luxembourg (Luxembourg)

Prof. Dr. Dirk Andreas Zetzsche is a full professor in Financial Law, ADA Chair in Financial Law and Inclusive Finance at the Law Department of the University of Luxembourg.

Researcher:
Professor Dr. Leon Van der Torre, University of Luxembourg (Luxembourg)

Prof. Dr. Leon Van der Torre is a full professor in Artificial intelligence at the Department of Computer Science of the University of Luxembourg.

Researcher:
Dr. Maria Lucia Passador, University of Luxembourg (Luxembourg)

Dr. Maria Lucia Passador is a post-doctoral fellow in Financial Law at the University of Luxembourg.

Researcher:
Valeria Zahoransky, University of Luxembourg (Luxembourg)

Valeria Zahoransky is a doctoral researcher at the Department of Computer Science of the University of Luxembourg.

Researcher:
Dr. Clara Velasco, Universitat Pompeu Fabra (Spain)

Dr. Clara Velasco is an Associate Professor in Administrative Law at the Universitat Pompeu Fabra Barcelona.

Researcher:
Dr. Migle Laukyte, Universitat Pompeu Fabra (Spain)

Dr. Migle Laukyte is a Tenure-track Professor of Law at the Universitat Pompeu Fabra Barcelona.

Researcher:
Dr. Paulina Jo Pesch, Karlsruher Institut für Technologie (Germany)

Dr. Paulina Jo Pesch is a Postdoctoral Fellow at the Zentrum für Angewandte Rechtswissenschaft (ZAR) of the Karlsruher Institut für Technologie (KIT), Germany.

Researcher:
Franka Enderlein, University of Freiburg (Germany)

Franka Enderlein is a doctoral researcher at the University of Freiburg.

Researcher:
Kester Bob Siegrist, University of Freiburg (Germany)

Kester Bob Siegrist is a doctoral researcher at the University of Freiburg.

Researcher:
Dr. Samuel Wrigley, University of Helsinki (Finland)

Dr. Samuel Wrigley is a post-doctoral researcher at the University of Helsinki.

Researcher:
Miikka Hiltunen, University of Helsinki (Finland)

Miikka Hiltunen is a doctoral researcher at the University of Helsinki.