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INDI Conference Program

The conference will be held in hybrid format. To join us online, click on the conference room in the program: you will be immediately redirected to the stream.


18 June 2021

09:00 - 09:15



Christoph Bezemek, Dean of the Faculty of Law

Peter Riedler, Vice-Rector for Financial Affairs, Resources and Location Development

09:15 - 10:45

Climate Change

Chair: Eva Schulev-Steindl


Attila Antal (ELTE): The climate and ecological emergency in the era of state of exceptions

Mark L. Wilde (University of Reading): Causation and climate change litigation: a ‘bridge too far’?

10:45 - 11:15

Coffee Break Climate Change: getting involved from early on. The Poster by students of the JusHAK Commercial Academy
11:15 - 12:45

AI and Autonomous Driving

Chair: Iris Eisenberger


Derya Mentes (Hamburg Institute for Social Research): Overcoming binaries: A proposal to think about human cohabitation with AI

Javier Valls Prieto (University of Granada): How to pass from HLEG ethical principles to legal principles
12:45 - 13:45 Lunch  
13:45 - 15:00

Digitalization and Cybersecurity

Chair: Bilyana Petkova


Kim Barker, Enrique Uribe-Jongbloed & Tobias Scholz (Open University, Universidad Externádo de Colombia, University of Siegen): Digitalisation difficulties: Imposing borders on digital content?

Elena Buoso (University of Padova): Digitising public administration in Italy: chances and challenges

15:00 - 15:30 Coffee Break  
15:30 - 17:30

Climate Change

Chair: Oliver Ruppel


Irene Antonopoulos (Royal Holloway): Aligning human rights language with climate change language to promote climate change resilience

Maria Bekiari (LMU): Interdisciplinarity in environmental law: Yes or No?

Larissa-Jane Houston (UniGraz/Stellenbosch University): Climate Change and Sustainable Development: There is no one without the other in Legislative Reform

Sanita van Wyk (Stellenbosch University): Climate change and the role of interdisciplinarity within the functional method of comparative law


AI and Autonomous Driving

Chair: Elisabeth Staudegger


Li Yibo (Utrecht University): Legal and economic analysis of the externality of autonomous cars

Susana Aires de Sousa (University of Coimbra): Autonomous cars, serious harms and corporate criminal liability

Nynke Vellinga (University of Groeningen): Hacking the highway: a legal framework on cybersecurity of automated vehicles

Hristina Veljanova (University of Graz): How to design trustworthy automated vehicles? Bridging the gap between SSH and technology design

Digitalization and Cybersecurity

Chair: Tina Ehrke-Rabel


Cody Busia (KU Leuven): Keep on keeping on: Electronic identification as a vehicle for continued government service delivery in crisis situations

Elisa de Belvis (University of Padova): Digital data and privacy among partners: a critical approach to a technological family law issue

Neringa Gaubienė (Vilnius University): Problems of digital assets in court enforcement processes

Luana Martin-Russo (European University Viadrina): Transparency made useful: A computational analysis of parliamentary procedure

Réka Pusztahely and Ibolda Stefán (University of Miskolc): Household social robots – special issues relating to data protection

Julia J.A. Shaw (De Montfort University): Investigating the disruptive impact of transformational technologies: ‘law, what is it good for?’

Tina Ehrke-Rabel, Robin Renwick and Nora Schreier (University of Graz and Trilateral Research): The digital avatar on a blockchain: E-Identity, anonymity and human dignity

Peter Pichler (University of Graz): Digitalization as a historical key process in the Styria heavy metal scene, c. 2000 to the present.

We would like to thank the following Sponsors for their generous support:

  • GRAWE,
  • the City of Graz,
  • the Province of Styria,
  • the Styrian Bar Association,
  • the Styrian Chamber of Civil Law Notaries,
  • the Chamber of Lawyers of Carinthia,
  • the Chamber of Civil Law Notaries of Carinthia, and 
  • the Graz Law Society.


Dean´s Office

Universitaetsstrasse 15 /AE
8010 Graz

Contact person

Breakout Sessions

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