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Blockchain Legal Summer School

This summer school, a world first, addresses the legal opportunities and challenges created by blockchain for competition law, intellectual property, and privacy law.

It is designed for legal experts, including, lawyers, practitioners, master and Ph.D. students (enrolled in a law degree), governmental agencies’ case handlers, academics, officials and representatives, policy officers, judges, and anyone interested in understanding how blockchain will challenge our societies as well as our legal systems. Technical knowledge of blockchain is not required (no worries).

Course coordinator: Thibault Schrepel

Disruptive 4.0: A Multidisciplinary Approach to Artificial Intelligence

Every year in July, ALTI offers a 1 week intensive Summer Academy on Multidisciplinary Aspects of Artificial Intelligence.

The course builds a theoretical baseline for all participants, introducing the main concepts of legal and ethical implications of AI, analysing, among others, European and international aspects of AI governance. The course also offers unique insights on AI applications, such as autonomous vehicles and social robots and also AI applications used in space related activities, for example AI systems used for space exploration (navigating on Mars and other celestial bodies), for mitigating the consequences of space pollution (space junk) or for enhancing our digital societies on Earth (Global Navigation Satellites Systems). Technical perspectives are also analysed, with experts taking a deep dive into the models behind AI, various levels of automation, vulnerabilities affecting the operation of AI and corresponding liability rules in case of incidents.

Course coordinator: Ioana Bratu

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In the first edition offered in July 2020, a cohort of 27 undergraduate and graduate international students joined the online edition of the summer course.

Although originally planned to be a conventional summer school taught in Amsterdam, the COVID-19 dependent transition to an online class turned out to be a net positive. It enabled an especially diverse set of students and lectures spanning many time zones and professions to take part in the lectures and discussions. The participants included students and business representatives from no fewer countries than Kenya, Poland, China, Austria, Italy, France, the Netherlands, Indonesia, Belgium, Iran, Latvia, Bosnia, Brazil, South Korea, India, Zimbabwe, South Africa, Nigeria, and Germany.

Their backgrounds were: law, ethics, human genetics, communication, computer science, IoT, mechanical engineering, economics and cybersecurity.

Course coordinator: Ioana Bratu

Lectures were also offered by: Arno Lodder, Tina van der Linden, Tijman Wismen, Rob van den Hoven van Genderen and Bethany Houghton.

We were especially proud to present renowned guest speakers, representatives of various reputable European institutions, international law firms and academia:

→ European Commission: Vera Pinto, Policy Coordinator at the Directorate General for Defense Industry and Space

→ Hoyng Rokh Monegier LLP: Andrew Lin, Senior Patent Attorney

→ Solv: Thomas van Essen, ICT Lawyer and Managing Partner

→ Universitas Indonesia: Dr. Edmon Makarim, Dean of the Law Faculty

→ Utrecht University: PhD Researcher Merel Keijzer (also Professional Support Lawyer at law firm CLINT | LITTLER)

→ Delft University Of Technology: Evgeni Aizenberg and Maria Luce Lupetti, Post Doc Researchers at TU Delft, AiTech-

→ Erasmus University: Shu-Chien Chen, PhD Researcher at Erasmus University Rotterdam & Blue Book Trainee at the European Commission

→ Libre Foundation: Dr. Redouane Boumghar, Research Contributor (also Data Intelligence Portfolio and Project Manager at EUROPEAN CENTRAL BANK)

→ Sdg 18 Space For All: Chiara Monter, Founder

The business sector was represented by Yannis Argyrious, Digital Transformation Lead at Microsoft, Dr. David Meszaros, CEO at Smartkas, and Martina Löfqvist, Solutions Architect at Momentus.

Amsterdam Law & Technology Institute
VU Faculty of Law
De Boelelaan 1077 Amsterdam