Law - Technology - Society (LTS): "Artificial Intelligence in the Age of Terrorism: A Tipping Point for Constitutional Law"

Datum: Freitag, 13. Dezember 2019
Zeit: 12:00 - 13:30
Ort: Seminarraum SR 02, Erdgeschoß, Feistmantelstraße 4, 1180 Wien (Guttenberghaus)

Die Teilnahme ist kostenlos. Um Anmeldung bis Mittwoch, 11. Dezember 2019 wird gebeten: law(at)

"The tension between human rights and security needs is at the core of counter-terrorism law. To what extent is it possible to limit rights in the name of national security? Is it feasible to guarantee security to people without violating the very essence of human rights or breaching the proportionality principle? These crucial questions, which have traditionally been a real conundrum for lawmakers, scholars and practitioners, become even trickier if one considers that the most advanced technologies, including artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning (ML), are increasingly being used in the fight against terrorism.

My research addresses the challenges stemming from the application of AI and ML to counter-terrorism measures in a constitutional law perspective. On the one hand, I analyse human rights concerns related to the use of cutting-edge technologies in counter-terrorism measures. On the other hand, I try to envisage whether and how carrying on the fight against terrorism through AI implies a revision of well-established standards to which domestic and supranational courts resorted to in order to adjudicate terrorism cases and, ultimately, of the very understanding of constitutional principles and rights."

Arianna Vedaschi is Full Professor of Comparative Public Law at Bocconi University, Milan (Italy). Her field of research is counter-terrorism law, with a particular focus on the balance between security and human rights. She authored two monographs, Istitutioni europee e tecnica legislative (Giuffrè, 2001) and À la guerre comme à la guerre? La disciplina della guerra nel diritto costituzionale comparator (Giappichelli, 2007) and edited the book Secrecy, National Security and the Vindication of Constitutional Law (Elgar, 2013), together with D. Cole and F. Fabbrini. She published many articles on security-related issues in top law journals. Among recent publications, The Dark Side of Counter-Terrorism: Arcana Imperii and Salus Rei Publicae, in The American Journal of Comparative Law (2018).

Prof. Vedaschi is the Coordinator of the Research Group on Constitutional Responses to Terrorism, established within the International Association of Constitutional Law (IACL), and a member of the Europol Platform for Experts. She is also the Vice-Director of the law review Diritto pubblico comparato ed europeo as well as the Secretary-General of the National Association of Comparative Public Law (Diritto pubblico comparato ed europeo).


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Prof. Arianna Vedaschi (Wirtschaftsuniversität Luigi Bocconi)
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