Prof. Ana Ramalho (Leiden University), ‘EU Copyright Directive’

Technology has transformative power – and this is generally a power for good. To rein in new technologies’ potential, we must think if and how to regulate them: through industry-wide codes of conduct, other soft or hard law mechanisms, co-regulation or perhaps through code itself. We should think hard so as not to overregulate – lest we stifle innovation; but we should think harder not to underregulate – lest we lose our personal freedoms.

This speaker series explores the relationship between law and technology focusing on selected topics such as online speech & intermediaries, artificial intelligence (AI), and data protection.
We will engage with relevant case law and discuss the institutional legitimacy of the  judiciary, administrative agencies and other supervisory (non)elected bodies in that field. We seek to uncover what role familiar institutions of the law play and whether others can be adapted to the technological context.