Participative Legal Innovation


Involving society into legal innovation research.

The goal of this group is to enable an interdisciplinary approach towards the regulation of innovative, digital technologies.

We are convinced, that all parts of society should have equal possibilities to participate in decisions regarding innovative technologies. Technology is not something that just “happens”. It is something that is being actively made and can and should therefore be actively modelled to serve societies’ needs.

To enable this, we foster a bottom-up approach towards innovative, collaborative legislation by making the legal process clearer, more understandable, and more approachable to the general public.

We focus on the communication of law, the participation in legal decision-making and how society experiences regulations regarding innovative technologies.

We are using interdisciplinary, non-traditional approaches within the traditional field of legal research to broaden not only the publics, but also the scholars understanding of the interplay between law, technology, and society.

Current projects involve a simulated Social-Scoring-App and research on the framing and communication of expertise in crisis legislation.

The Participative Legal Innovation Group is led by Annemarie Hofer, who has an interdisciplinary background including environmental studies, law, economics, citizen science and communication.



Design Sprint 2020

By definition, there is no simplDesign Sprint 2020e solution for “wicked problems” – and certainly not within a single scientific discipline. Effective data protection often proves to be a “wicked problem” in everyday life. So, how could you tackle this problem?

Take law students, add a selection of designers and provide them with interdisciplinary input for a day. Then, unite the participants into outstandingly creative privacy-by-design teams and let them work under high pressure on creative solutions for just under two days.
This was our recipe for the ‘Design Sprint 2020’, which took place at the University of Graz from 8 to 10 October. It was organised by Professor Eisenberger’s department (Institute for Public Law and Political Science) in cooperation with Dr. Stefanie Egger (FH Joanneum) and DI (FH) Christian Lepenik.

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