Burkhard Schafer discusses AI regulation
Burkhard Schafer, professor of computational legal theory at the University of Edinburgh, was recently interviewed about his approach to legal theory and technology, challenges in AI legislation, and the focus of his current research at REWI University of Graz.
Professor Schafer was awarded a senior Austrian standards fellowship to enable a research stay at the University of Graz, on questions related to AI regulation.
Working alongside researchers at the Human Factor in Digital Transformation network and the Idea-Lab, Professor Schafer’s work has focused on the use of industry standards as regulatory tools from legal, sociological, and jurisprudential perspectives.
He said: “Legally-mandated technical standards play an important part in technology regulation. But what does their use as regulatory tool mean for the rule of law? And how should we prepare law students when it comes to reason with, interpret and critique them?”
The interview provides a deeper insight into Professor Schafer’s work during this fellowship. Amongst other topics, he discusses the similarities between his home university, Edinburgh Law School, and the University of Graz and he also gives advice to young researchers in the field of AI regulation and addresses the volatility of en-vogue research subjects in law and in the humanities.