Algorithmic Justice – The Future of our Legal System?

Artificial intelligence has reached our legal system: Algorithms determine the duration of prison sentences, calculate the likelihood of crimes in a certain city district and draft legal documents for lawyers. How will technology shape the legal professions of the future? Will our legal system change from the rule of law to the rule of algorithms? Are algorithms the automated judges of tomorrow? And can algorithmic justice ever be just?

Find out! Join us for a stimulating evening with four experts, networking and fresh perspectives on justice in tomorrow’s world.



Elliott Ash
Assistant Professor of Law, Economics and Data Science ETH
Elliott Ash is currently Assistant Professor at the University of Warwick (UK). He has been appointed by ETH Zurich as Assistant Professor of Law, Economics and Data Science as of July 2018. His research focus lies in the intersection between law, data science and political economy. Ash applies machine learning and natural language processing to large legal data sets in order to investigate the effects of laws, court decisions and contracts on society and markets. He has established himself at the forefront of research by combining empirical methods drawn from econometrics, informatics and statistics.  


David Bloch
Founder of Swiss Legal Tech Startup legartis
David Bloch is founder and CEO of the Swiss legal tech startup legartis, a company for intelligently processing legal documents. He studied law at the Universities of Zurich and Pamplona and was admitted as a licensed lawyer. Bloch previously held positions at the Federal Department of Foreign Affairs (EDA), major business law firms in Zurich and a chair in constitutional and administrative law at the University of Zurich. He is a member of the Global Shapers Zurich (Young Leaders Community of the World Economic Forum) and co-founder of foraus


Nadja Braun Binder
Assistant Professor of Law at UZH
Nadja Braun Binder is Assistant Professor of law at UZH since 2017. With an academic background in law, an MBA from Salzburg and ten years of work experience in the public administration, she is well aware of how differently the world of government and the world of academia embrace digital innovation. Consequently, she has focused her research on one of the most pressing questions of our times: how will digitalisation transform the state? Her work covers topics ranging from the use and legal basis of algorithms in taxation to the potential role of artificial intelligence in democracy.


Matthias Spielkamp
Journalist and Founder of AlgorithmWatch
Matthias Spielkamp is founder and executive director of AlgorithmWatch, a non-profit initiative to evaluate and shed light on algorithmic decision making processes that have a social relevance. He is co-founder and publisher of the online magazine, which in 2006 received the Grimme Online Award, Germany’s most prestigious award for online journalism. Spielkamp testified before several committees of the German Bundestag, i.e. on AI and robotics. He is a Bucerius Fellow of ZEIT-Stiftung and holds master’s degrees in Journalism from the University of Colorado and Philosophy from the Free University of Berlin.


Date and time

Thursday, April 19th

18:30 - 20:30
Four short talks and panel
ETH Foyer
Apéro and personal discussion with the speakers


ETH Hauptgebäude
Rämistrasse 101
8092 Zürich



A.I. – Connecting the Dots is a reatch project funded by the cogito foundation.

This panel discussion is the 5th of a series of events debating the potential impact of A.I. on various aspects of society.

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