Comprehensible algorithms: a legal framework for the use of artificial intelligence

The regulation of artificial intelligence (AI) raises diverse and complex issues. Key challenges include the lack of transparency and traceability of decisions made by AI systems, the risks to privacy, the risk of discrimination and the risk of manipulation.

Under the direction of Prof. Dr. Florent Thouvenin (Zurich) and Prof. Dr. iur. Nadja Braun Binder, MBA (Basel) and in collaboration with Dr. iur. Stephanie Volz, RA (Zurich) and Liliane Obrecht, MLaw (Basel), this research project aims to create a comprehensive legal framework for the use of AI in Switzerland.

In addition to developing new possibilities for the interpretation and application of current law, generally applicable legal provisions and selected sector-specific regulations for public administration and the media sector will be developed. These new legal norms will be made known to decision-makers in politics and administration as well as to an interested public in the form of white papers. The legal findings will be published in the relevant scientific journals.

The project is supported by the Mercator Foundation.

Five white papers were published in June 2024 as key results of the project. Two of these white papers deal with the creation of transparency in public administration:

Further project results: