University of Vienna, Austria
Erich Schweighofer (Ph.D in law, Ph.D in informatics, University Docent) is a professor of legal informatics, international law and European law at the University of Vienna, Faculty of Law (presently on leave, working for the European Commission). Since 1986, he has researched and taught in the field of international economic law, State aid law, EU law, legal documentation, legal information retrieval, (semi-)automatic legal text analysis, document summarisation, legal ontogies, robotics and artificial intelligence, data governance and privacy, internet governace, surveillance, civil protection, cybersecurity e-persons etc. He has lead/participated in many inter-disciplinary research projects since 1991 (text analysis and summarisation, remote teaching, robotics, surveillance technologies, data protection, civil protection, cyber security, visual analysis etc.). He is the main organiser and trustee of the most important legal inforamtics conference in Central Europe, the International Legal Informatics Symposium (iris-conferences.eu), already in its 27th year. Erich is a strong supporter of conference networks and is a regular organiser, programme member and paricipant of such events (IRIS, ICAIL, JURIX, Cyberspace, BILETA, DGIR, ÖVRT, ÖEuRT etc.) He has also extensive practical exerience in administration (Austrian Ministry for Foreign Affairs, Federal Chancellery, European Commission, universities etc.). His pro-bono work focusses engagement in societes on the interchange between law and ICT (GI, OCG, ACM, IAAIL, JURIX), internet governance (ICANN, EURALO, DGIR), free legal information (FALM, co-founder of the LII-Austria) etc. His publications comprise about 10 books, more than 30 proceeding volumes and more than 200 papers. At present, he is working on a hand book on legal informatics.