Professor | University of Vienna | Austria
Erich Schweighofer is Professor at the University of Vienna and head of the research group on legal informatics. He studied and holds degrees in law, informatics, economics and international relations. His interdisciplinary teaching and research focuses on computers and law, international and European law, in particular legal information systems, legal tech, AI & law, internet governance, data protection, telecommunications law and competition law.
Professor Schweighofer is the main organizer of the International Legal Informatics Symposium IRIS (www.univie.ac.at/RI/IRIS2020) and co-editor of the journal Jusletter IT (www.jusletter-it.eu). He has extensive practice in projects in legal informatics, in particular knowledge representation and data protection. He has (co-written) about 10 books, (co-edited) over 40 books, and published about 200 articles and conference contributions. The “Legal Knowledge Representation in International and European Law” (published 1999) was one of the first works on the digitalization of law.
Besides his university activities, Erich has extensive practice in administration (Austrian Ministry of Foreign Affairs 1989/90, Federal Academy of Public Administration 1998-2000, European Commission 2002-2007).
Data Protection Ombudsman | Office of the Data Protection Ombudsman | Finland
Reijo Aarnio has served as the Data Protection Ombudsman of Finland since 1997.
Associate Professor | University of Lapland | Finland
Rosa Maria Ballardini is an Associate Professor in intellectual property law at the Faculty of Law, University of Lapland. Rosa’s research interests focus on the impacts of digitalization and technological advances on intellectual property rights. Lately, she has begun to investigate also the relationship between IPR and sustainable development, including social innovation models. Her research approach is multidisciplinary, combining law, technology, business and policy via using different types of methodologies (e.g. traditional legal research methods, empirical methods and design thinking in legal studies).
Professor | University of Copenhagen | Denmark
Peter Blume is Professor of Data Protection Law at the Faculty of Law, University of Copenhagen. He has authored numerous books and articles on data protection, and he was a member of the board of Danish Data Protection Authority 1999–2018.
Partner, Head of Technology & Intellectual Property, LL.D. | Dittmar & Indrenius | Finland
Anna Haapanen is Doctor of Laws and Partner, Head of Technology & Intellectual Property at Dittmar & Indrenius Attorneys. In addition to Finnish LL.D. and LL.M. degrees, Anna has conducted research as Visiting Senior Scholar at Stanford Law School in California and holds LL.M. degree with Stone Scholar Honors from Columbia University in New York as well as MSc. Econ from Hanken Swedish School of Economics.
Anna is recognized as one of the leading international technology lawyers and is dual licensed attorney admitted to Finnish Bar and New York Bar Associations. She has practiced law in Finland, Sweden and the United States. Prior to joining D&I, Anna worked at Roschier Attorneys in Helsinki and Stockholm, at Software Freedom Law Center in New York as well as held in-house counsel positions at Nokia and Hantro, and visiting in-house counsel positions at Supercell, Accenture, Nokia and Comptel.
Anna's research interest lie within the intersection of technology and intellectual property rights. As practicing attorney, Anna is specialized in wide variety of technology transactions, including IP licensing law as well as strategic legal advice for companies dealing with innovations transforming their business, including new digital business models.
Read more about Anna here.
Senior Inspector, LL.D. | Office of the Data Protection Ombudsman | Finland
Juhani Kuparinen received an LL.D. degree from the University of Lapland in 2016 with a dissertation concerning biometric identification and data protection. He is currently working at the Office of the Data Protection Ombudsman.
Cecilia Magnusson Sjöberg
Professor | Stockholm University | Sweden
Professor Cecilia Magnusson Sjöberg is Subject Director of Law and Informatics at Stockholm University. She was awarded a LL.D. degree in 1992, with a doctoral thesis addressing legal automation with special focus on computerisation in public administration. Legal implications of e-government remains as one of her major fields of work.
In addition to substantive components of IT law, e.g. privacy protection, she has had many years of experience of legal system design and management, giving rise to information security issues and the need for electronic signatures etc.
She has also participated in a wide variety of research projects addressing the interplay between law and modern information communication technologies when chairing public inquires about personal data protection for research purposes and how to legally facilitate the digitalisation of the public sector.
Professor | University of Oslo | Norway
Tobias Mahler teaches law at the faculty of law at the University of Oslo. He is a Professor at the Norwegian Research Center for Computers and Law (NRCCL), specializing in information and communications technology law. His research interests cover a broad range of legal issues arising in the context of (i) robots, particularly with artificial intelligence capabilities, (ii) Internet governance (especially the domain name system), as well as (iii) cybersecurity and privacy. This focus on legal issues is complemented with research interests in legal informatics more closely related to computer science. The latter line of research has focused on software applications for legal practice, such as, legal risk management and visual
representations of legal reasoning. He holds a Ph.D. from the University of Oslo, an LL.M. degree in legal informatics from the University of Hannover, and a German law degree (first state exam). He has practised law in Norway as corporate lawyer in the automotive industry, primarily working with international commercial contracts. He teaches primarily robot regulation, cybersecurity regulation, legal tech and artificial intelligence, as well as Norwegian and German law of obligations. He is the deputy director of the NRCCL and the director of the centre's LL.M. programme.
Manuel David Masseno
Assistant Professor | Polytechnic Institute of Beja | Portugal
Since 1999, Manuel D. Masseno is an Assistant Professor at the Polytechnic Institute of Beja, where he is also Senior Researcher at Lab UbiNET - Computer Security and Cybercrime, a Member of the Coordination of MESI (Master programme in Computer Security Engineering and Cybercrime) and the Data Protection Officer. Furthermore, he is a Researcher at the University of Porto and has been lecturing at Graduate Programmes of several other Portuguese universities. Additionally, he is a Research Fellow at the University of the Balearic Islands, Spain, and a Legal Adviser at the PoSeID-on Project (Protection and control of Secured Information by means of a privacy enhanced Dashboard, EU Horizon 2020).
Lately, Professor Masseno has published papers on data protection in journals and conference proceedings of Portugal, Spain, Italy, The
Netherlands, India and, mostly, Brazil.
Judge of the Court of Appeal | Rovaniemi Court of Appeal | Finland
Janne Mononen is currently a Judge in the Rovaniemi Court of Appeal. Janne has previously worked as an Assistant Judge of the Court of
Appeal and also as a Judge in the District Court. He is involved in many kinds of projects related to the use of digital documents in trial proceedings.
Chancellor of Justice, LL.D. | Government of Finland | Finland
Tuomas Pöysti is the Chancellor of Justice of the Government of Finland, by Constitution the Supreme Guardian of Law and Fundamental & Human Rights in Finland. The Remit of the Chancellor of Justice covers the overseeing the legality of the activities of the Government and the President of the Republic, Courts of law, public administration and all those entrusted with public tasks and functions. The Chancellor of Justice also oversees the legality of the professional conduct of advocates, public legal aid attorneys and licensed attorneys.
Tuomas Pöysti studied law at the University of Lapland and holds degrees of the magister iuris (LL.M.) and doctor iuris (LL.D.) from the University of Lapland, has the title of docent in administrative law at the University of Helsinki, and was awarded in 2019 the doctor of philosophy h.c. by the University of Lapland. He has also worked in academic research positions at the Law Faculties of Universities of Helsinki and Lapland and has ongoing academic research activities and academic publishing on information law & legal informatics and administrative law covering data protection, regulation of information processes and communication networks, information security, digitalization and ethics of public and legal services, artificial intelligence and trust.
Previously Dr Pöysti has served as the Under-Secretary of State of Governance Policy and Digitalization and Under-Secretary of State of Social and Health Services Reform in the Government of Finland, the Auditor General of Finland in the National Audit Office / Parliament of Finland and in various positions in the Ministry of Finance, Finland. He has been a Chairman of the Supervisory Committee of the European Anti-Fraud Office OLAF at the European Commission.
Postdoctoral Researcher, LL.D. trained on the bench | University of Lapland | Finland
Juhana Riekkinen is a postdoctoral researcher at the Faculty of Law, University of Lapland, where he currently teaches legal informatics. In May 2019, he defended his doctoral dissertation on electronic evidence, with a focus on criminal procedure. Juhana has previously completed training on the bench at the District Court of Lapland and the Rovaniemi Court of Appeal. His research interests further include privacy and data protection law, procedural rights in criminal proceedings, and law of evidence and criminal procedure in general.
Professor emeritus | University of Lapland | Finland
Ahti Saarenpää is Professor emeritus of Private Law and the Honorary Chairman of the Institute for Law and Informatics at the University of Lapland.
Sharon K. Sandeen
Professor | Mitchell Hamline School of Law | USA
Sharon K. Sandeen is the Robins Kaplan LLP
Distinguished Professor in Intellectual Property Law and Director of the IP Institute at Mitchell Hamline School of Law in Saint Paul, Minnesota. She is also the Fulbright-Hanken Distinguished Chair in Business and Economics for 2019-2020.
A recognized expert on trade secret law, Professor Sandeen wrote (with E. Rowe) the first (and still only) casebook on the subject in the United States (Cases and Materials in Trade Secret Law) and Trade Secret Law in a Nutshell. In addition to her books, Professor Sandeen has written more than 30 articles and book chapters on intellectual property, internet, and information law topics, including detailed examinations of the drafting histories the Uniform Trade Secrets Act, Article 39 of the TRIPS Agreement, and the Defend Trade Secrets Act of
2016. Recently, she completed (with D.S. Levine) a new textbook titled “Information Law, Governance, and Cybersecurity.”
A native of northern California, Professor Sandeen earned two degrees from the University of California Berkeley: a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science and an LL.M. from U.C. Berkeley School of Law. She earned her Juris Doctor degree from the University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law. Professor Sandeen is a fellow of the American Bar Foundation, a member of the American Law Institute (ALI), and a member of the Association for the Advancement of Teaching and Research in Intellectual Property (ATRIP).
Assistant Professor | University of Łódź | Poland
Karolina Sztobryn is an Assistant Professor in
the European Economic Law Department, Faculty of Law and Administration
of the University of Łódź, Poland. She is a Polish and EU trademark
and design attorney as well as author of articles and books related to
economic law and intellectual property law. She conducts and leads
projects financed by Polish National Science Centre.
Professor | Stockholm University | Sweden
Peter Wahlgren is Professor of Law and Information Technology at Stockholm University (since 2001) and the current chairman and director of The Swedish Law and Informatics Research Institute (IRI). He was awarded the LL.D. degree in 1992 for his dissertation "Automation of Legal Reasoning: A Study on Artificial Intelligence and Law" (Kluwer). Peter holds the Title of Docent both in Jurisprudence (Allmän rättslära) and in Law and IT (Rättsinformatik), both since 1994. His research interests cover legal methods, proactive law, legal risk analysis and legislative techniques.