Robotics and Artificial Intelligence

Coming from a family of natural scientists, I have always had a special affinity to the sciences. While early publications, for instance, dealt with chaos and the law, I now regularly publish on AI/robotics and the law and ethics. Often my previous research and experience in international law and EU law feeds into these publications. I frequently give talks, most recently at NIPS 2016 in Barcelona, at University of Princeton, and at IACAP 2017 at Stanford University, while I also participate in public efforts to come to grips with AI, e.g. as an expert in the IEEE's initiative on AI and ethics.

Select Publications:


- 'An Evaluation Schema for the Ethical Use of Autonomous Robotic Systems in Security Application', co-authored with Markus Christen, Joseph Chapa, Raphael Salvi, Filippo Santoni de Sio, and John Sullins, University of Zurich Digital Society Initiative White Paper No. 1, 2017, 89 pp. – SSRN.

- 'International Law and Artificial Intelligence', forthcoming in German Yearbook of International Law 2017/2018, 20 pp. – SSRN.

- 'Free Movement of Algorithms: Artificially Intelligent Persons Conquer the European Union's Internal Market', in: Woodrow Barfield and Ugo Pagallo (eds), Research Handbook on the Law of Artificial Intelligence, Edward Elgar, 36 pp. (forthcoming) – SSRN.

- 'Company Law and Autonomous Systems: A Blueprint for Lawyers, Regulators, and Entrepreneurs', 9 Hastings Science and Technology Law Journal 2 (Summer 2017) 135-162 (together with Shawn Bayern, Thomas D. Grant, Daniel Häusermann, Florian Möslein, and Richard Williams) – open access.

- 'Machine Learning and the Law: 5 Theses', in review at JMLR Workshop and Conference Proceedings (accepted at NIPS 2016, 8 December 2016; 4 pp.) – open access.

- 'The Politics of Robot Autonomy', 7 European Journal of Risk Regulation (2016) 2, 341-360 – open access.

- 'Do Lawyers Knead the Dough? - How Law, Chaos, and Uncertainty Interact', 1 European Journal of Risk Regulation (EJRR) 4 (2010) 371-381 – open access.