Preliminary Program – Inaugural Conference IACL Research Group Algorithmic State, Society and Market – Constitutional Dimensions



 Inaugural Conference of the IACL Research Group on Algorithmic State, Society and Market – Constitutional Dimensions

Preliminary Program


Day 1 – Thursday, May 9 (UNIFI)

15:00 Institutional Greetings: Luigi Dei (Rector, University of Florence) and Patrizia Giunti (Director of the Department of Legal Studies, University of Florence)

15:15 – Introduction: Oreste Pollicino (Bocconi University) and Andrea Simoncini (University of Florence)

15:30 – Keynote: Frank Pasquale (University of Maryland)

16:00 – I Session: Algorithms and Human Rights

Chair: Amnon Reichman (University of Haifa/University of Berkeley) and Oreste Pollicino (Bocconi University)

Discussant: Ryan Calo (University of Washington)

Celine Castets-Renard (Toulouse 1 Capitole University), Human Rights in the Algorithmic Society: the Case of Predictive Policing System

Linda Senden (University of Utrecht) and Raphaele Xenidis (European University Institute), Equality in the Age of Artificial Intelligence: is EU Antidiscrimination Law up to the Challenge?

Lyria Bennet Moses, Monika Zalnieriute and George Williams (UNSW Sydney), Automation as a Means of Promoting the Rule of Law

Federica Casarosa (European University Institute), When the Algorithm is not Fully Reliable: the Collaboration between Technology and Humans in the Fight against Hate Speech

18:00 – Debate

19:00 – Dinner

Day 2 – Friday, May 10 (EUI)

9:00 – Keynote: Marta Cartabia (Italian Constitutional Court)

9:30 – II Session: Algorithms and Democracy

Chair: Andrea Simoncini (University of Florence)

Discussant: Sofia Ranchordas (University of Groningen)

Henrik Palmer Olsen, Jacob Livingston Slosser, Cornelius Wiesener and Thomas Hildebrandt (University of Copenhagen), What’s in the Box? The Legal Requirement of Explainability in Computationally Aided Decision-Making in Public Administration

Michele Finck (Max Planck Institute for Innovation and Competition), Automated Decision-Making and Public Law

Mariavittoria Catanzariti and Francesca Galli (European University Institute), Algorithmic Mass Surveillance and Predictive Policing as a Challenge to Reasonable Suspicion

Lorenzo Nannipieri, Marina Pietrangelo and Giancarlo Taddei Elmi (Institute of Legal Information Theory and Techniques), Algoritmic Justice, The judicial predicting: Automation or Artificial Intelligence?

11:30 – Coffee break

11:40 – III Session: Regulation and Policy

Chair: Giovanni Sartor (European University Institute)

Discussant: Jürgen Kühling (University of Regensburg)

Pieter Van Cleynenbreugel (University of Liege), By-Design Obligations in the Algorithmic Society: Promising Regulatory Way Forward or (EU) Constitutional Nightmare In-the-making

Mary Reisel, (University of Rikkyo), Can Algorithms Generate Their Own Judge and Jury?

Serge Gijrath (Leiden University), Consumer Law as a Tool to Regulate Adverse Consequences of AI Output

Wessel Reijers (European University Institute), Two Models of Automated Governance

13:30 – Lunch break

15:30 – Keynote: Peggy Valcke (KU Leuven)

16:00 – Keynote: Luciano Floridi (University of Oxford)

16:15 – IV Session: The Responsibilities of Private Actors

Chair: Hans Micklitz (European University Institute)

Discussant: Alberto De Franceschi (University of Ferrara)

Salil Mehra (Temple University), Regulation after Markets – The Challenge of Algorithmic Connectivity

Clara Rauchegger (University of Innsbruck), Content Filtering By Online Platforms

Helen Eenmaa-Dimitrieva (University of Tartu), Maria José Schmidt-Kessen (Copenhagen Business School), Creating Markets with Smart Contracts: Reducing Risks with No-Party Trust

Federico Ferretti (University of Bologna), Consumer Finance in the Age of FinTech and Big Data: a Gift to Society or a Trojan Horse? and Yaiza Cabedo (University Autonoma de Barcelona), The International Regulatory Race for Protecting Investors from Crypto-Finance Risks

18:15 – Debate

19:00 – Dinner

Day 3 – Saturday, May 11 (EUI)

10:00 – 13:00

Round table with the member of the Research Group

Chair: Andrea Simoncini (University of Florence) and Oreste Pollicino (Bocconi University)

Definition of the research proposal: Who does what and when.

Conclusions: Amnon Reichman (University of Haifa/University of Berkeley)


This event is organised by European University Institute, University of Florence and Bocconi University.

For any further information about the conference and the call for papers, please send your inquiries to the following e-mail address:

Scientific Committee

Prof. Amnon Reichman (University of Haifa/University of Berkeley); Prof. Oreste Pollicino (Bocconi University); Prof. Andrea Simoncini (University of Firenze); Prof. Hans Micklitz (European University Institute); Prof. Giovanni Sartor (European University Institute).

The Research Group on Algorithmic State, Society and Market – Constitutional Dimensions

This Research Group promotes the debate in the field of law and technology, and primarily regarding the new constitutional challenges raised by the development of algorithms and new automated technologies which assist (if not control) decision making processes by state agencies or corporations (often large and multinational) which provide key services online. For more information, please visit the IACL website or contact the assistant to coordinators at

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