Co-Creative Tech Regulation

Co-developing new technologies and legal regulation.

As innovative products and services become more complex, the consequences of deploying them become more difficult to anticipate. In reaction to this, concepts of co-creative tech regulation have emerged.

Testing new products or services may require an exception from current legal rules, e.g. in order to test automated vehicles on public roads. Co-creative tech regulation is also about testing the law applicable to new technologies. This approach can mitigate legal uncertainty about how a new technology fits into the existing legal framework, and can help to anticipate technological developments that could render established legal concepts ineffective.

We analyse and compare a range of different legal instruments that are currently being used to set up spaces for co-creative tech regulation.

Current projects involve research on energy communities, disruptive technologies in the public sector, the co-creation of industry standards to encourage the use of climate-friendly technologies and the integration of embodied AI into healthcare and society.

Thomas Buocz and Sebastian Scholz are Heads of the Co-Creative Tech Regulation Group. Thomas Buocz is currently working on his doctoral thesis in innovation law. He has worked with co-creative tech regulation concepts in the context of national and international interdisciplinary research projects. Sebastian Scholz holds the tenure track position for Technology and Innovation Law, focusing on public commercial law and the interaction of EU law and state law.