Participative Legal Innovation


Involving society in legal innovation research.

All parts of society should be able to participate in the development and deployment of innovative technologies. Technology is not something that just “happens”. It is actively made and can and should be actively modelled to serve societies’ needs.

To ensure that technologies address the actual needs of their societies, we foster a bottom-up approach towards innovative and collaborative technology regulation and design. We want to enable the public to understand underlying legal processes by making them both accessible and approachable.

By using interdisciplinary and non-traditional approaches, we aim to broaden both the public and scholarly understanding of the interplay between law, technology, and society.

We are currently working on a simulation of a Social-Scoring-App, the framing and communication of expertise in crisis management and the incorporation of privacy into design.

Annemarie Hofer is Head of the Participative Legal Innovation Group. She has an interdisciplinary background including environmental studies, law, economics, citizen science and communication.