Our Speakers, Panel Members and Workshop Chairs
We are very excited to introduce our range of top-notch speakers, panel
chairs and workshop chairs.
Prof. Gabriele Anderst-Kotsis
Johannes Kepler University Linz
Gabriele Anderst-Kotsis is university professor of Computer Science at Johannes Kepler University Linz. She had headed the Department of Telecooperation since 2002 and was Vice Rector for Research from 2007-2015. She holds the Heinz-Zemanek- Award for outstanding scientific publications in Computer Science (1996) and has been recognized as ACM Distinguished Scientist in 2014. Her research interests include software technologies for mobile and internet computing, and computer and network system modelling and simulation.
Prof. Heribert M. Anzinger
University of Ulm
Prof. Anzinger, professor for business and tax law at the University of Ulm, is co-initiator of a joint research programme of the Universities of Ulm and Heidelberg on computational methods in law. His research focuses, among other things, on smart contracts, computational methods in law, legal issues of data science applications and distributed ledger technologies. He recently published a study on the role of legal tech in legal education.
Prof. Kevin D. Ashley
University of Pittsburgh
Prof. Ashley, University of Pittsburgh, is an expert on computer modeling of legal reasonsing and cyberspace legal issues and a PI of a number of NSF grants to study reasoning with cases in law and professional ethics. He is a leader in the field of Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Law and one of the field’s most often cited researchers. Among his recent work is a publication on Artificial Intelligence and Legal Analytics: New Tools for Law Practice in the Digital Age (2017).
Prof. Jonathan Askin
Brooklyn Law School
Prof. Askin, Brooklyn Law School, teaches technology, telecommunications, and entrepreneurial law and policy. He is the Founder of the Brooklyn Law Incubator & Policy Clinic, which provides full service, pro bono, legal support for bootstrapped entrepreneurs, startups, innovators, and organizations, typically exploring ventures and issues the law has not anticipated. He is also the Faculty Chair for the Brooklyn Law Center for Urban Business Entrepreneurship.
Stephen Caines is a legal technologist with a passion for access to justice. He is a 2019 graduate of the University of Miami School of Law with a concentration in the Business of Innovation, Law, and Technology. While in law school, his work focused on public interest, legal aid organizations, and non-profits. He was a 2018 Access to Justice Technology Fellow and has worked with the Legal Services of Greater Miami, Inc. on a variety of technology initiatives aimed at optimizing their operations.
Miguel Calejo is an Artificial Intelligence Developer at InterProlog Consulting in Lisbon and CTO at Logical Contracts in London. He is also managing partner and CIO at RentingPoint, the first portuguese rental marketplace and was the managing partner / director of Declarativa, an european information systems development company. Moreover he founded the Servisoft, a portuguese distributor for Mac/Windows products, which he left in 2008.
Daniel Carvajal is the lead engineer for CoronAtlas, a Stanford University project focused on centralizing and analyzing public health orders in the U.S. written as consequence of the COVID-19 (coronavirus) pandemic. He is a senior-year student pursuing an undergraduate Biotechnology degree at the University of Central Florida, with a strong interest in neurorehabiliation technology and prosthetics. Daniel is passionate about education, patent development, and data visualization technologies.
Luca Cervone is President at BitNomos, a company which provides tools and design solutions to support the digitalisation of deliberative processes as well as the digitalization of document and organizational methods in composite sectors. He is also CTO of the Legal Blockchain Lab a multidisciplinary academic laboratory focused on bridging the gap between Web 3.0 technologies and Legal Informatics technologies. In January 2007 he began his collaboration with the University of Bologna, in particular with the CIRSFID (Interdepartmental Centre for Research in Legal History, Philosophy and Sociology of Law and Legal Informatics).
Liquid Legal Institute
Baltasar Cevc is attorney-at-law in Germany (Rechtsanwalt) and has several years of experience as IT professional. After many years as corporate counsel in a Fortune 500 company he now practices as legal and transformation consultant to companies of various sizes. He loves to work at the intersection of law to other disciplines and is active project lead at the Liquid Legal Institute, a think and do tank for transformation of legal service delivery. He consults and publishes about IT law, privacy and digital health and the use of new work methodologies and technology in law.
During his 15 years of career Andrea D’Intino spent three-quarters in sales, marketing and management functions and a quarter in software development. He currently works at Dyne.org with blockchain and cryptography since 2018 as technical coordinator in the DECODE Project.
Universities of Vienna, Bologna
Biagio Distefano is a doctoral researcher in the Law, Science and Technology Joint Doctorate – Rights of Internet of Everything, funded by Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions.
Always passionate about technology, Biagio discovered a love for law during his university studies. After graduating in law and getting a specialization degree in legal professions Biagio realized that a passion for law and a passion for legal professions do not necessarily go together, so he decided to derail abruptly his traditional legal career to discover a new career path that would put together computer science and law.
Víctor Rodríguez Doncel
Universidad Politécnica de Madrid
Víctor Rodríguez Doncel is a postdoc researcher in the Ontology Engineering Group at Departamento de Inteligencia Artificial – Universidad Politécnica de Madrid. He has conducted research both in the industry (GMV Sistemas) and academia (University of Thessaloniki, Univ. Politecnica de Catalunya, Barcelona Digital), achieving his Ph.D. with the thesis “Semantic Representation and Enforcement of Electronic Contracts on Multimedia Content”.
Stefan Eder has an education and practical experience in both law and informatics. Stefan has a long career as a partner in a large international firm and is a founding partner of Benn-Ibler. In recent years he focuses more on his legal informatics interests. He is teaching legal informatics as well as working on new applications, advising on cyber security issues and helping to develop strategies for and support the implementation of legal digitalisation projects.
Jörn Erbguth is a consultant on blockchain, smart contracts and data protection. He holds majors in computer science and law and lectures at the Geneva School of Diplomacy, the University of Geneva and University of Lucerne. At the Geneva Macro Labs, he serves as Head of Technology Insights. He engages in Blockchain standards creation – currently as an editor at the ITU study group 16 Q 22 and serves as board member for the associations EDV-Gerichtstag and entscheidsuche.ch.
Prof. Hans-Georg Fill
University of Fribourgh
Hans-Georg Fill is a full professor at the University of Fribourg, Switzerland and head of the Digitalization and Information Systems Group. Prior to his engagement at the University of Fribourg he held positions at the University of Bamberg and the University of Vienna. He holds a PhD and a habilitation in business informatics from the University of Vienna. His main research field is conceptual modeling for enterprise information systems. His current research interests are semantic information systems, blockchains and smart contracts, the application of virtual and augmented reality in enterprise modeling as well as the deviceless interaction with enterprise information systems.
Dr. Fotios Fitsilis has an academic background in engineering, economics and law, as well as over 20 years of professional experience in science positions within both the private and the public sectors. Since 2009, he is Head of the Department for Scientific Documentation and Supervision and Lead Researcher at the Scientific Service of the Hellenic Parliament. He teaches legal informatics at the National School of Public Administration and Local Government, Athens, and, in 2017, he founded the Hellenic OCR Team, a crowdsourcing initiative for the study of parliamentary data.
Prof. Enrico Francesconi
University of Florence
Prof. Francesconi is professor under contract of Information Retrieval and Semantic Web Technologies at the Computer Science Faculty of the University of Florence. He is currently a researcher at ITTIG-CNR, the Legal Information Institute of the National Research Council of Italy. On behalf of ITTIG-CNR he is responsible for the e-Codex project on e-Justice Services and e-SENS project on European Digital Market development.
Felix Gantner is a consultant on legal informatics and e-government. His focus is digitization of administrative and legal processes and legal databases. He participated in projects for several legal publishing companies and in the development of digital files for Austrian administrative courts.
He has obtained his degree in electrical engineering (TU Wien) and in law (University of Vienna). He wrote his PhD in law (University of Innsbruck) about legal forms.
He had been member of the board of German EDV-Gerichtstag for several years.
He published in the field of legal informatics and legal theory.
Eva Gardyan-Eisenlohr is Head of Data Privacy for Bayer. In her prior role she was General Counsel and Compliance Officer for Bayer Pharma AG. She co-lead the development and roll out of a worldwide Compliance Management Project for the Bayer Group covering nine compliance risks areas in 80 countries and the German headquarter organization. Mrs. Gardyan-Eisenlohr is attorney at law, admitted to the bar of Berlin. She studied law at the University of Freiburg in Germany and holds a post-graduate degree in Anti Trust Law from the University of Constance.
Prof. Michael Genesereth
Michael Genesereth is an associate professor in the Computer Science Department at Stanford University. He received his Sc.B. in Physics from M.I.T. and his Ph.D. in Applied Mathematics from Harvard University. Genesereth is most known for his work on Computational Logic and applications of that work in Enterprise Management, Electronic Commerce, and Computational Law. He is one of the founders of Teknowledge, CommerceNet, and Mergent Systems. Genesereth is the current director of the Logic Group at Stanford and research director of CodeX (the Stanford Center for Legal Informatics).
Technical University Munich
Ingo has been a researcher at the chair for Software Engineering of Business Information Systems (sebis) at the Technical University of Munich (TUM) since October 2017. He holds a master’s degree in Information Systems from TUM and wrote his master thesis about Semantic Analysis and Structuring of German Legal Documents using Named Entity Recognition and Disambiguation. His research focuses on the intersection between computer science and law. He is very interested in the semantic analysis of legal documents, but also in general in the utilization of AI within the legal domain.
Matthias Grabmair is a Legal Data Scientist at SINC in Wiesbaden, Germany. His expertise and research experience includes natural language processing of legal text, legal data analytics, and computational models of legal argumentation. He previously worked as a Systems Scientist in AI&Law and Data Science at Carnegie Mellon University’s Language Technologies Institute.
Cécile Guasch has an educational background in statistics and economy.
She works as a business architect at the Interoperability Unit of the European Commission where she supports mainly the Legal interoperability action and the e-Procurement ISA2 action.
Cécile also contributes to European and international standardisation activities since 2009.
Stefan Hasenauer has been an associate with Benn-Ibler Rechtsanwälte since July 2016 and specialises in the areas corporate law and public commercial law. Prior to this, he had already worked as a legal assistant for the team for one year. In addition to his law degree, he also completed a bachelor’s degree in applied computer sciences. He is a “Press” scholarship holder for the post-graduate course Information and Media Law 2018/19, which he has attended since October 2018 in addition to his work for Benn-Ibler.
Technical University Munich
Tri Huynh joined Software Engineering of Business Information Systems Chair as a research associate in October 2019. He holds a M.Sc. in Computer Science, awarded by Saarland University.
His Master Thesis is Constructing Vehicle Crash Simulation from Crash Report, which leverages Natural Language Processing and Ontology to analyze crash reports, and simulate them using BeamNG 3D Vehicle Simulation Game Engine.
Karl Irresberger is Head of the Legistics, Federal State Affairs and Administrative Organisational Law division within the constitutional law department of the Federal Ministry of Constitutional Affairs, Reforms, Deregulation and Justice of Austria. Karl Irresberger has been Head of the Legistics (and other affairs) Division since 1997 and has worked in the Constitutional Law Department since 1989. Before that, Mr Irresberger, who holds a doctoral degree in law from the University of Graz, served as an assistant professor of civil law at the said university.
Technical University Munich
Oleksandra Klymenko joined the chair for Software Engineering of Business Information Systems at the Technical University of Munich in July 2019.
Oleksandra holds a M.Sc. in Information Systems from the Technical University of Munich and a M.Sc. in Informatics from Taras Shevchenko National University of Kyiv.
Prof. em. Robert Kowalski
Imperial College London
Prof. em. Kowalski is Emeritus Professor at Imperial College London. Kowalski’s early research lead to the development of logic programming in the early 1970s. His later research has focused on the use of logic programming for knowledge representation and problem solving. He is currently working with Fariba Sadri on developing the logic and computer language LPS, and with Miguel Calejo on the logical representation and execution of legal contracts.
Federal Ministry of Education, Science and Research
Dr. Thomas Menzel is currently Data Protection Officer at the Federal Ministry of Education, Science and Research. Moreover he is Deputy Head of IT-Department and holds the position for Legislative Tasks concerning IT-Law and E-Government. He is a Board Member of the ICT-Steering Group for E-Learning in Austria (Federal Ministry of Education, Science and Research) and a Board Member of Digitales Österreich, a coordination and strategy committee of the Federal Government for eGovernment in Austria. Furthermore he is a Board Member of the Vienna Center for Legal Informatics at the University of Vienna and of the Austrian Computer Society (OCG).
Asst. Prof. Ruta Liepina
Rūta Liepiņa is an Assistant Professor in Digital Legal Studies at the Maastricht University and a PhD Candidate in Law at the European University Institute. Her current research lies in the intersection of legal reasoning, argumentation, and decision-support systems. She has worked for Caselex – a leading company in analysing market definitions and merger decisions in Europe – as part of their multi-lingual editorial team contributing towards a data set from 32 countries.
Prof. Monica Palmirani
University of Bologna
Monica Palmirani is full professor of Computer Science and Law at Bologna University, School of Law. She is member of CIRSFID, one of the leading centers at the international level for the area of computer science and law. She was project manager and coordinator of several European projects. Her principal field of research is in Legislative and Legal Informatics, in particular she is an expert of XML techniques for modeling legal documents both in structure and legal knowledge aspects.
Vienna University of Technology
A senior post-doctoral researcher at TU Wien, Dr. Florina Piroi is involved in interdisciplinary and Industry related projects in the domain of data science, focusing on data analytics / machine learning and underlying processes. She is currently coordinating the “iDSDL: Innovationslehrgang Data Science and Deep Learning”. She has received her PhD degree in 2004, from the Johannes Kepler University, Linz, Austria, where her work concentrated on management and retrieval of mathematical knowledge and on automatic theorem provers.
Alex Puig is a software R+D engineer and tech entrepreneur. Due to his interest in cryptocurrencies, he founded Digital Currency Summit, a conference aiming to debate about the economic impact of blockchain and decentralized technologies in our society. He also founded Alastria Blockchain Ecosystem, the first National Wide semi-public blockchain Platform, and now is leading the Technical Team at Caelum Labs, a Blockchain consultancy and development firm based in Barcelona.
Vienna University of Technology
Gábor Recski is currently Postdoctoral Researcher at Vienna University of Technology. He is NLP researcher and developer with 12 years experience building open-source NLP applications, including systems for information extraction, information retrieval, syntactic and semantic parsing. His main interests include natural language understanding, question answering, and explainability in semantics. Moreover he is co-author of 30+ peer-reviewed articles with 100+ citations.
Christian Sageder is co-founder and managing director of Cybly GmbH. He has obtained his degree in computer science (Johannes Kepler University Linz). Before starting openlaws, he has been working for international IT companies. He has 20 years experience in computer science. He has obtained knowledge in natural language processing and artificial intelligence. He has deep knowledge in product management and gathering of requirement.
Prof. Giovanni Sartor
Universities Bologna and Florence
Giovanni Sartor is part-time professor in legal informatics at the University of Bologna and part-time professor in Legal informatics and Legal Theory at the European University Institute of Florence. He is currently Principal Investigator for the ERC advanced project COMPULAW, to be completed on 31 October 2024. He has published widely in legal philosophy, computational logic, legislation technique, and computer law.
Prof. Burkhard Schafer
Edingburgh Law School
Prof. Schafer is Professor of Computational Legal Theory at the Edinburgh Law School His main field of interest is the interaction between law, science and computer technology, especially computer linguistics. Currently he holds the position of Director of the SCRIPT Centre for IT and IP law, working mainly on issues such as privacy compliant software architecture and more generally the scope and limits of representing legal concepts directly in the internet infrastructure.
Dr. Günther Schefbeck is Head of the Austrian Parliament’s Executive Department for Parliamentary Research.
He is a member of the ManyLaws team, a project that seeks to increase the accessibility of legal information by offering innovative services.He has published a number of expert papers and has moderated panels and given presentations at many legal informatics conferences.
Karla Schlaepfer received her first degree at the University of California, Berkeley and her Master’s degree in Educational Science from the University of Freiburg. Ms. Schlaepfer enables cultural change in people and enterprises in both heart and mind and creative practice (certified Systemic Coach + Change Management) and as a professional Scrum Master (PSM1) in the introduction of agile mindset, tools and working methods for teams.
Prof. Erich Schweighofer
University of Vienna
Erich Schweighofer is Professor of Legal Informatics, International Law and European Law and head of the Centre for Computers and Law at the University of Vienna. He is head of the Centre for Computers and Law – one of the leading research groups in Legal Informatics worldwide. Erich Schweighofer is an international expert in legal informatics and internet governance. He has been involved in many research projects, above all, text analysis, data protection, surveillance technologies and IT security.
Brian Wha-Li Tang
Brian Wha-Li Tang is founding executive director of LITE Lab@HKU, an interdisciplinary and experiential programme that fosters law, innovation, technology and entrepreneurship (LITE) led by Hong Kong University’s highly ranked Faculty of Law in conjunction with the Department of Computer Science and featured on CNBC. Brian is also founder and managing director of ACMI, which currently focuses on regtech/lawtech, capital marketplaces, AI governance and future skills.
Prof. A Min Tjoa
Vienna University of Technology
Prof. Tjoa has been a full professor and director of the Institute of Software Technology and Interactive Systems at the Vienna University of Technology since 1994. He is the chairman of the Austrian National Competence Center for Security Research (Competence Centers for Excellent Technologies Initiative of the Austrian government). His current research focuses on data warehousing, cloud computing, semantic web, security, and non-standard IT-applications.
Austrian Ministry for Digital and Ecnomic Affairs
Markus Triska is Deputy Head of Department I/5 (e-government enterprises) of the BMDW. The department designs and supports e-government services such as the Corporate Service Portal (USP), electronic delivery, and the implementation of the Once Only principle. Representatives of the BMDW in several AI-related standardization committees, including ISO/IEC JTC1/SC 42 (Artificial Intelligence) and ISO/IEC JTC1/SC 22/WG 17 (Prologue). Participation in Austria’s AI strategy in the AIM AT 2030 programme.
Rory is a lawyer and a legal engineer. He builds and creates adoption of tools based on Blockchain, AI, semantic etc. to improve legal processes – both as owner/founder of Simplifire, a contract negotiation platform and as a consultant in the Insureblocks partnership. He worked for a large law firm in London and recently re-engineered the way a Global Fortune 500 works around its contracts.
Prof. Michael Waibel
University of Vienna
Michael Waibel studied law at the universities of Vienna, Paris II Pantheon-Assas and Harvard Law School, and economics at the London School of Economics. He worked at the European Central Bank, the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund. He has been a professor of international law at the University of Vienna since 2019. The focus of his research is in international law, international economic law, and international dispute settlement.
Liquid Legal Institute e.V.
Bernhard Waltl is an industrial researcher and computer scientist mainly working in the field on semantic analysis of documents. He is specialized on the analysis of legal documents, using computational methods, especially Natural Language Processing (NLP) and Text Mining. He co-founded the Lexalyze, an academic initiative at the intersection between law and technology, and the Liquid Legal Institute e. V. which focusses more on practical challenges of legal tech.
Prof. Rebecca Williams
University of Oxford
Rebecca Williams is a Professor of Public Law and Criminal Law at the University of Oxford, in association with Pembroke College. Rebecca’s principal teaching interests are criminal law and public law. Her work includes examining optimum methods of decision-making and the use of criminal law as a form of regulation. Increasingly her work also focuses on the relationship of law and technology and the ways in which the law will need to develop in order to keep pace with technological developments.
Prof. Martin Winner
Prof. Winner is a professor for business law at the Vienna University of Economics and Business (WU). He is also director of the Research Institute of Central and Eastern European Business Law (WU), Director of the Centre of IP/IT-Law (WU) and Chairman of the AustrianTakeover Commission. His research currently focuses on company law and securities regulation, intellectual property law, comparative law (esp. CEE) and general business law, contracts and property.
Prof. Adam Wyner
Prof. Wyner is Associate Professor of Law and Computer Science at Swansea University in Wales and a lecturer at the University of Aberdeen. He is a Doctor of Philosophy and holds PhDs in Lingustics from Cornell University and Computer Science from King’s College London. Prof. Wyner is an expert in the fields of artificial intelligence and law, natural language processing, argumentation, knowledge representation, knowledge acquisition, reasoning, semantic web and knowledge graphs.
Baker McKenzie Munich
Lutz Zimmer is an attorney specialising in the fields of corporate law, M&A for both strategic and financial investors and compliance matters including investigations. Since 2018 he has been Of Counsel at Baker & McKenzie in their Munich office. Prior thereto he was an attorney at New York based Skadden, Arps for 13 years, 11 years as partner, in Skadden’s Munich office. Before joining Skadden, Arps Lutz had been employed with a major German law firm, WestLB Panmure in London and Berlin and Baker & McKenzie. Lutz is a qualified German attorney.He holds an LL.M. degree from the University of Texas at Austin.
LOD Lawyers on Demand
Dr. Michael Zollner is the managing director of LOD Lawyers on Demand in Germany. Before joining LOD, Michael worked, inter alia, as lawyer for two international law firms, as in-house counsel for a multinational company and as the head of legal at a listed German software company. Michael lives with his family in Munich and is particularly interested in legal tech and the (digital) transformation of the legal sector.