The researchers in this team tackle issues arising from how the law reacts and provokes technological developments, in order to provide with novel solutions that are more workable for shaping the legal system in a way that fosters rather than stifle technological progress. The theme closely relates to issues of sustainability and minorities, as part of the research studies how the law can support technological developments that are more respectful of the environment, as well as more inclusive of focused groups and minorities. Especially technologies such as 3D printing, robotics and AI, big data, blockchain technology, the internet of things, digital entertainment (video games, virtual reality) and unmanned vehicles including especially aircraft (drones) provide with relevant technological contexts to the legal analysis.
Relevant general themes that have been already discussed and where applications are already pending include:
- Regulations in the data economy (both personal and non-personal data)
- Legal implications of Additive manufacturing
- Blockchain technology and the law
- Legal implications and AI
- Regulation of industrial internet and the internet to things
- Regulating the circular economy
- Regulating the sharing economy
- Regulating platforms from a citizen-perspective
We tackle these general themes in research projects that are relevant
especially in the following areas of law: intellectual property law,
property law, contract law, competition law and unfair competition,
trade secrecy, as well as data protection and privacy andother fields of
law that are necessarily interlinked with technology. For instance, the
themes addressed naturally interlink with other legal fields,
especially welfare law and environmental law.
The research questions are addressed by using multiple types of
different methodologies. This is needed especially due to the
multidisciplinary nature of the research, which is a cross-pollination
between law, technology and science. As such, we make use of both
traditional legal research types of methods (e.g. legal dogmatic and
comparative law), as well as empirical methods (such as the case study
research method, case content analysis and statistical analysis).
Particular emphasis is posed on the use of design thinking and legal
design as methods for creating a legal framework that prevents possible
problems, rather than reacts to them after they have already arose.
The Research Group is currently directed by Associate Professor Rosa Ballardini. More information about associated researchers and their research interests is available on the Research Team page.
CANCELLED Seminar: Regulating Cultural Heritage: Legal, Ethical and Technical Considerations
April 15, 2020
Workshop: Games, Law, and Society
February 11, 2020
Workshop: Developing Technologies and Legal Design
December 11, 2019
Seminar: Law for the Circular Economy
December 9, 2019
Nordic Conference on Legal Informatics
November 12–14, 2019
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Half-way Doctoral Defense: Heidi Härkönen
November 12, 2019
Workshop: Regulating AI and Robots
September 11, 2019
AI, Regulation and Business: How do we best Adjust?
November 21, 2018
Ongoing Reforms in Chinese and European Legal Frameworks
November 12, 2018
Making Law through Pro-Active Law and Legal Design Thinking
April 20, 2018
Law in the Digital Era - Perspectives from IP Law, Contract Law and IT Law
December 10–12, 2017
Future Regulation of Industrial Internet - FRII (Business Finland)
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Study on the IP implications of the industrial 3D printing
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