Algorithmic Discrimination and Decolonisation: Regulation and Design

Algorithmic Discrimination and Decolonisation: Regulation and Design
17 Jun 2021, 17:00 to 17 Jun 2021, 18:30
Online Workshop (Zoom)

This interdisciplinary and international panel of experts from law and the humanities and the field of STEM will examine and discuss a major EU report recently published on Algorithmic Discrimination in Europe and how its key findings speak to the concept of decolonisation. Critical themes and cutting-edge issues of public interest explored will include: the implications of AI-based systems on human rights and society more broadly; whether the current legal regimes to ensure against unfair discrimination are fit for purpose; the EU’s proposed regulatory framework on AI; the critical discourse to date on the decolonisation of AI; and what frameworks and strategies may be applied in order to adequately and effectively address the problem of algorithmic discrimination.

Key Speaker:

Ms Prof. Dr. J.H. (Janneke) Gerards
Professor of Law, Economics, and Governance
School of Law Utrecht University

The research conducted by Janneke Gerards focuses on fundamental rights, equal treatment law, judicial review and constitutional law. The interrelation of the European Convention on Human Rights, EU law and national law plays a central role in her research. She has published extensively on topics such as the argumentative strategies of supranational courts, the future effectiveness of the European Court of Human Rights, the development of fundamental rights by the Court of Justice of the European Union, and general notions and principles of fundamental rights law. 

In March 2019, she published her handbook General Principles of the European Convention of Human Rights with Cambridge University Press. She is currently engaged in several research projects on the impact of the platform economy and new technologies (AI, algorithms) on fundamental rights and nondiscrimination, such as a project on algorithmic discrimination in Europe (commissioned by the European Equality Law Network) and a project to develop a human rights impact assessment for use of algorithms by Dutch public authorities.

In 2015, Janneke Gerards was elected to the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences (KNAW). She is editor-in-chief of the online open access platform EHRC Updates, which publishes Dutch-language summaries and peer reviewed case-comments to judgments of the European Court of Human Rights and the Court of Justice of the EU. She is a member of various law journals in the field of fundamental rights and constitutional law, such as the Netherlands Quarterly of Human Rights, ECHR Law Review and Netherlands Yearbook of Constitutional Law. Janneke Gerards is a member of the Advisory Council of the Netherlands Human Rights Institutes, the Human Rights Commission of the Netherlands Advisory Council for International Affairs and the KNAW's Social Sciences Council. She is also a deputy Judge in the Appeals Court of The Hague (concentrating on fundamental rights cases).

Key Speaker:
Dr Raphaële Xenidis,
Lecturer in Law, University of Edinburgh

Raphaële is a Lecturer in EU Law at Edinburgh Law School. This semester she teaches in the EU Law Ordinary course and in the master’s seminar on the Integrity of the Internal Market. 

Raphaële’s research interests are in discrimination and equality law, critical legal theory, law & society and legal mobilisation, human rights law and law and technology. In particular, she has been working on issues of intersectionality and intersectional discrimination in the framework of her Ph.D. dissertation and on algorithmic discrimination, bias in automated decision-making systems and data-driven inequality as part of her postdoctoral research project. 

Raphaële was trained as a political scientist and a lawyer. She received her Master’s Degree from Sciences Po Lille in France and the Westfälische Wilhelms-Universität in Germany. After a year of specialisation in international human rights law at SAIS Europe, Johns Hopkins University, where she obtained a Master’s degree in international affairs, she received a LL.M. in Comparative, European and International laws from the EUI.

Raphaële has also been a Fulbright-Schuman visiting researcher at Columbia Law School in New York. Before joining Edinburgh Law School, Raphaële was a postdoctoral researcher at Utrecht Law School and a member of the coordination team of the European Network of Legal Experts in Gender Equality and Non-Discrimination Law.


Dr Rachel Adams
Human Sciences Research Council, South Africa 

Dr Rachel Adams is a Chief Research Specialist at the Human Sciences Research Council, South Africa. Dr Adams has degrees in Jurisprudence (PhD, University of Cape Town), International Human Rights Law (MPhil, University of Cape Town) and English Literature and Philosophy (BA, Royal Holloway, University of London). Her research lies at the intersection of philosophy, gender, technology, law and race. Dr Adams was previously the Senior Researcher for Civil and Political Rights at the South African Human Rights Commission, and completed a post-doctorate at the Institute of Advanced Legal Studies, University of London. Dr Adams is an Editor of the South African Journal on Human Rights, and the author of Transparency: New Trajectories in Law (Routledge, 2020).

Professor Rafael A. Calvo
Dyson School of Design Engineering, Imperial College London

Rafael A. Calvo, PhD (2000) is Professor and Director of Research at the Dyson School of Design Engineering, Imperial College London. He is also co-lead at the Leverhulme Centre for the Future of Intelligence, and co-editor of the IEEE Transactions on Technology and Society. He is director of the Wellbeing Technology  Lab that focuses on the design of systems that support wellbeing in areas of mental health, medicine and education.

Chair: Dr Nóra Ní LoideainDirector and Lecturer in Law, Information Law & Policy Centre Institute of Advanced Legal Studies, University of London

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This event is free but advance booking is required. Details about how to join the virtual event will be circulated via email to registered attendees closer to the event date.



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