Speakers at the Young Digital Law Conference 2023

Eva Beute

Christian-Albrechts-Universität zu Kiel (CAU) & Universität zu Lübeck

Eva Beute ist wissenschaftliche Mitarbeiterin am Lorenz-von-Stein-Institut für Verwaltungswissenschaften an der CAU Kiel (gf.) und am Institut für Multimediale und Interaktive Systeme an der Universität zu Lübeck. Sie beschäftigt sich vor allem mit der Wirkung neuer Technologien auf das Recht und die Gesellschaft. Ihr Schwerpunkt liegt dabei auf dem staatlichen Einsatz Künstlicher Intelligenz.

Margarita Boenig-Liptsin

Department of Humanities, Social and Political Sciences, ETH Zurich


Margarita Boenig-​Liptsin is a tenure-​track Assistant Professor for Ethics, Technology and Society at ETH Zürich. She is trained in the field of Science, Technology and Society and her research examines transformations to human identity and citizenship in relation to information technologies across time and cultures.

Yann Conti

Civil Law Department, University of Geneva, Switzerland

Yann Conti graduated at the Universities of Geneva and Neuchâtel (Switzerland) and is a Swiss qualified attorney. He currently writes his PhD at the University of Geneva and conducts his research on digital inheritance from a comparative and interdisciplinary perspective. In his thesis, he seeks to determine how a right of access to the deceased social media user’s data should be designed and to what extent post-mortem privacy should be taken into account. Incidentally in the context of this research, the issue of effective erasure of data has piqued his interest and led him to delve deeper into the topic.

Anna-Katharina Dhungel

Universität zu Lübeck

Anna-Katharina Dhungel ist wissenschaftiche Mitarbeiterin am Institut für Multimediale und Interaktive Systeme an der Universität zu Lübeck. Ihre Forschungsinteressen umfassen u.a. Algorithmen im öffentlichen Sektor, z.B. in Gerichtsverfahren oder bei der Haushaltsaufstellung. In ihrer Dissertation beschäftigt sie sich mit dem Einsatz von KI-Systemen für Richterinnen und Richter in Deutschland.

Fatma Sümeyra Doğan

Jagiellonian University, Kraków

Fatma is an early-stage researcher and Marie-Sklodowska Curie Action's Fellow at Jagiellonian University. She got her master's degree while working as a lawyer in İstanbul. She worked on the protection of computer-implemented inventions under European Union law during her graduate education. After the entry into force of the Turkish Personal Data Protection Law, data protection law has become one of her main areas of interest. This interest led her to the Legality Attentive Data Scientists - (LeADS) project. Her main focus in the project is the protection of health data.

Iris Eisenberger

Department of Innovation and Digitalisation in Law, University of Vienna

Iris Eisenberger is Professor of Innovation and Public Law at the Department of Innovation and Digitalisation in Law. Her research focuses on innovation and technology law, the protection of fundamental and human rights and the intersection of law, innovation and society. She has wide experience in interdisciplinary research as well as in conducting and participating in nationally and internationally funded research projects. Among others, she worked for the Austrian Parliament and the European Parliament as well as for the Constitutional Service of the Austrian Federal Chancellery. She held visiting positions at numerous renowned universities including the European University Institute in Florence, the University of Freiburg, the Program on Science, Technology and Society at Harvard University, the Mekelle University in Ethiopia, the Jigme Singye Wangchuck School of Law in Bhutan, the Macau University and the Technical University Munich.

Kai Erenli

BFI University of Applied Sciences, Vienna

Kai Erenli has studied law at the university of Graz, Austria. He currently heads the study programme "Film, TV and Media Production" at the BFI University of Applied Sciences in Vienna. Furthermore, he has been managing the legal departments of several start-up companies, including the legal department of a Viennese animation company, where he deals more extensively with gaming law in addition to general contract law issues. He is also a member of the Open Search Foundation, where he contributes in the legal working group.

Nikolaus Forgó

Department of Innovation and Digitalisation in Law, University of Vienna

Univ. Prof. Dr. Nikolaus Forgó studied law in Vienna and Paris, was an assistant at the Faculty of Law of the University of Vienna and its IT officer from 1990 to 2000; in 1998, he founded and still heads the University Course for Information and Media Law at the University of Vienna, Professor for Legal Informatics and IT Law at the Leibniz University of Hanover from 2000 to 2017, where he was, amongst others, Head of the Institute for Legal Informatics, Data Protection Officer and CIO. Since 2017 Professor of Technology and Intellectual Property Law and Director of the Institute for Innovation and Digitalisation in Law at the University of Vienna, since 2018 member of the Austrian Data Protection Council. Extensive teaching, research, consulting and third-party funding activities on all issues of IT law, legal informatics and basic legal principles, as well as numerous activities in legal education, especially as host of the podcast Ars Boni.

Angelo Golia

Faculty of Law, University of Trento

Angelo Golia is an Assistant Professor of Law at the University of Trento. His research focuses on constitutional law theory, social theory and public law, and systems theory applied to public law. 

Moritz Griesel

Institute for Commercial and Media Law, University of Göttingen

Moritz Griesel studied law at the Georg-August University of Göttingen and is currently working there as a research assistant at the Institute for Commercial and Media Law under Prof. Dr. Gerald Spindler. His PHD project deals with current issues on the topic of personality rights violations with the help of deep learning applications.

Christian Gütl

Graz University of Technology

Christian Guetl holds a Ph.D. in Computer Science from Graz University of Technology (TUGraz) and has received the “venia legendi” for applied computer science in 2009. He works at the Institute of Interactive Systems and Data Science at TUGraz, Austria, where he leads the Cognitive and Digital Science (CoDiS) Lab. His research interests include information search and retrieval, e-education, e-assessment, adaptive media technologies, and virtual and augmented reality for learning and knowledge transfer. He is involved in the Horizon Europe project OpenWebSearch.eu focusing on search applications and community aspects.

Rachel Griffin

Sciences Po Law School, Paris

Rachel Griffin is a PhD candidate and lecturer at Sciences Po Law School. Her research draws on feminist legal theory, critical race theory, and law and political economy to examine how EU social media regulation addresses structural social inequalities manifesting in online media.

Connor Hogan

University of Vienna, Department of Political Science, working for the Digitize! Project

Connor Hogan earned his Master of Science in Politics from University College Dublin, and holds a Bachelor’s degree in Politics, Philosophy and Economics from Queen’s University, Belfast. As a pre-doctoral researcher within the Digitize! Project he is developing ethical and social standards for the collection and use of data in Computational Social Sciences. He is a member of the Centre for the Study of Contemporary Solidarity (CeSCoS) at the Department of Political Science, and an affiliate member of the Governance of Digital Practices Research Platform.

Jan Horstmann

Institute for Legal Informatics, Leibniz University Hanover

Jan Horstmann studied law (LL.B. and diploma) in Hanover and Rovaniemi with a focus on IT and IP law. Currently, he is working in an interdisciplinary research project on questions of bias and discrimination in AI and automated decision-making with researchers from philsophy, law and computer science, and pursuing a PhD at the Institute for Legal Informatics at Leibniz University Hanover.

Raffaela Kunz

Collegium Helveticum, Zurich


Raffaela Kunz is a Fellow at the Collegium Helveticum. She is a legal scholar with a particular interest in questions of normative pluralism. In her current research project she examines varied forms of constitutional responses to dynamics and threats in the science system in the digital era, especially in relation to the increasing intrusion of economic rationality into science.

Paola Lopez

Department of Legal Philosophy, Faculty of Law, University of Vienna

Paola Lopez is a mathematician by training and currently Ars Iuris uni:docs Fellow at the Department of Legal Philosophy at the University of Vienna. In her interdisciplinary PhD thesis, she examines questions of (in)justice that emerge from the deployment of data-based algorithmic systems in the context of state-action towards individuals. She has developed a socio-technical typology of biases, written the first published analysis of the Austrian AMS algorithm and its potential for discriminatory effects, and examined the bias discourse around Twitter's saliency-based image cropping algorithm.

Tizian Matschak

Information Security and Compliance, University of Göttingen

Tizian Matschak studied Information Systems with a focus on AI and information security. He completed his education at the University of Göttingen and EFREI Paris. At the University of Göttingen, he earned a Master of Science (M.Sc.) in Information Systems. Currently, Tizian works as a research assistant at the Chair of Information Security and Compliance at the University of Göttingen, where he is actively working on his PhD project.

Ann-Kristin Mayrhofer

Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München

Ann-Kristin Mayrhofer studied law at the Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität (LMU) in Munich and at the Université Panthéon-Assas in Paris. She completed her legal training (Referendariat) in Munich and Lima. Since 2020 Ann-Kristin Mayrhofer has been working as research fellow (wissenschaftliche Mitarbeiterin and since 2023 akademische Rätin a.Z.) at the Chair of Civil Law, Civil Procedure, European Private Law and Procedure of Prof. Dr. Beate Gsell at LMU Munich. She is about to finish her PhD on the extra-contractual liability for autonomous systems (humans, animals, and AI-systems). Ann-Kristin Mayrhofer has spent research periods in Luxembourg (Summer 2022) and in Tel Aviv (June 2023).

Alexander Nussbaumer

Graz University of Technology

Alexander Nussbaumer received a doctoral degree (Dr. techn.) in Computer Science from Graz University of Technology (TUGraz), Austria. Currently, he works as a post-doctoral researcher at the Cognitive and Digital Science (CoDiS) Lab at TUGraz. He has been working on numerous European research projects on human factors of computer technologies, such as digital learning, decision support, disinformation, and ethics. In the most recent research project OpenWebSearch.eu he focuses on search applications, as well as legal, ethical, and societal aspects of open web search systems. 

Trisha Prabhu

Harvard Law School, Cambridge

Trisha Prabhu is an inventor, entrepreneur, and researcher in the digital world; over her career, she has investigated a range of pressing internet issues, from cyberbullying to Twitter misinformation to information fiduciaries. Ms. Prabhu is a graduate of Harvard University, where she received her BA summa cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa in Government and Technology Science, with a secondary in Economics. She is currently pursuing her postgraduate study at the University of Oxford's Oxford Internet Institute as a United States Rhodes Scholar.

Barbara Prainsack

Research Platform Governance of Digital Practices, University of Vienna

Barbara Prainsack is a professor at the Department of Political Science at the University Vienna, where she also directs the Centre for the Study of Contemporary Solidarity (CeSCoS), and the interdisciplinary Research Platform “Governance of Digital Practices”. Her work explores the social, ethical, and regulatory dimensions of genetic and data-driven practices and technologies in biomedicine and forensics. She holds honorary positions at the School of Social and Political Sciences at the University of Sydney, at the Department of Global Health & Social Medicine at King’s College London, at the Centre de recherche en éthique (CRE), University of Montreal, Canada, and at the Centre for Health, Law, and Emerging Technologies (HeLEX) at the University of Oxford. Her latest books are: The Pandemic Within: Policy Making for a Better World (with H. Wagenaar, Policy Press, 2021), and Personalized Medicine: Empowered Patients in the 21st Century? (New York University Press, 2017). Barbara is also involved in policy-related work, e.g. as a member of the Austrian National Bioethics Commission, and as Chair of the European Group on Ethics in Science and New Technologies which advises the European Commission.

Felicitas Rachinger

Department of Legal Theory and Future of Law, University of Innsbruck

Felicitas Rachinger holds the position of a university assistant at the Department of Legal Theory and Future of Law of the University of Innsbruck, Austria. Her research revolves around digital human rights and anti-discrimination law. Previous work experience includes working as legal counsel for victims of online hate speech and discrimination at a local non-governmental organization and as a research assistant at the Leibniz-Institut für Medienforschung | Hans-Bredow-Institut. She pursued her law degree at the University of Vienna.

Kinan Sabbagh

Zentrum für Recht in der digitalen Transformation, Uni Hamburg; Albrecht Mendelsohn Graduate School of Law

Kinan Sabbagh is a doctoral fellow at the University of Hamburg and a fellow at the Research Group "Law and its Teaching in the Digital Transformation" for the Center for Law in the Digital Transformation (ZeRdiT). Following his law studies at the Friedrich-Alexander-University Erlangen / Nuremberg (FAU) with a focus on "State and Administration" and an exchange at the Universidad Pablo-de-Olavide in Sevilla (UPO) focusing on European Law, he is pursuing a PhD in digital Media Law. The goal of the dissertation project is to contextualize digital communication, user autonomy and digital sovereignty from a constitutional perspective.

Suad Salihu

University of Lucerne

Suad Salihu is an academic assistant and a PhD student at the University of Lucerne. Suad is writing his dissertation on the personalization of law by means of big data and artificial intelligence. 

Yann Schoenenberger

Yann Schoenenberger graduated in 2014 with a MSc in Communication Systems from the École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL) in Switzerland where he specialized in Information Security. Being a strong believer in interdisciplinarity he then switched fields and focused his research on Signal Processing before taking some time off to pursue his lifelong dream of traveling around the world. He is currently a software engineer in the research and development department of a leading medical technology company. In his current industry, strict adherence to regulations and flawless handling of sensitive patient data is of paramount importance.

Sebastian Schrittwieser

University of Vienna, Research group Security & Privacy

Sebastian Schrittwieser is a member of the Security and Privacy (SEC) research group at the Faculty of Computer Science at the University of Vienna. In 2014 he completed his PhD in technical sciences in the field of information security at the Vienna University of Technology. His research interests include software protection, web application security and psychological aspects of information security.

Simona Stockreiter

Hertie School, Berlin

Simona Stockreiter is a PhD researcher at the Hertie School, affiliated to the Jacques Delors Centre. She also works as a research associate at the Centre of Digital Governance. She was a visiting fellow at the WZB and is currently a visiting researcher at the Brussels School of Governance. Previously, she obtained degrees in Sociology (BA) and Philosophy (BA, MA) at the University of Vienna. Her research interests are EU participatory governance, EU digital policy, ethics of digitalisation.

Rüya Tuna Toparlak

University of Lucerne

Rüya Tuna Toparlak is a doctorate student and an academic assistant at the University of Lucerne. She is a registered lawyer at the Bar of Istanbul since 2017. Rüya researches the intersection of law and digitalisation. Her dissertation focuses on social robotics, human-robot interaction and legal subjectivity questions, particularly through an intersectional legal gender lens. Rüya has previously presented at the 2nd annual Young Digital Law Conference at the University of Hamburg in July 2022. She has published on data protection, transparency, and deep fakes through a legal gender lens. You can access her public record through https://orcid.org/0000-0002-5339-4360

Michal Vosinek

Masaryk University, Faculty of Law

Michal Vosinek is PhD student at the MU Faculty of Law, at the Department of Legal Theory and the Institute of Law and Technology. Michal is interested in the intersection of law and psychology, especially in the role emotions play in law. 

Edgar Weippl

Research Group Security and Privacy, University of Vienna

Edgar R. Weippl is a full professor for Security and Privacy at the University of Vienna, the Research Director of SBA Research (www.sba-research.org) and the head of the CD-Laboratory for Security and Quality Improvement in Production Systems Engineering (www.sqi.at). His research focuses on fundamental and applied research on blockchain and distributed ledger technologies and the security of production systems engineering. He is on the editorial board of Elsevier’s Computers & Security journal (COSE), PC chair of ESORICS 2015, general chair of ACM CCS 2016, PC Chair of SACMAT 2017 and Distinguished ACM Speaker.

Kebene Wodajo

Institute for Business Ethics, University of St. Gallen

Kebene Wodajo is a Senior Research Fellow and lecturer at the Institute for Business Ethics of the University of St.Gallen. Her research project and teaching focus on the question of justice and responsibility in cyberspace and Business and Human Rights. 

Ondřej Woznica

Masaryk University, Faculty of Law

Ondřej Woznica is PhD student at the MU Faculty of Law, at the Department of Legal Theory and the Institute of Law and Technology. Ondřej focuses on the study of intellectual property law from the perspective of economic analysis of law and particularly on the issues of platform liability and copyright online.