Comprehensible Algorithms: a Legal Framework for the Use of Artificial Intelligence

The regulation of Artificial Intelligence (AI) raises multiple and complex questions. Central challenges are the lack of transparency and traceability of the decisions of AI systems, the risks for privacy protection, and the dangers of discrimination and manipulation.

Led by Prof. Dr. Florent Thouvenin (Zurich) and Prof. Dr. iur. Nadja Braun Binder, MBA (Basel), and in collaboration with Dr. iur. Stephanie Volz, RA (Zurich), Dr. phil. Franziska Oehmer (Zurich), Fabienne Graf, MLaw, LL.M. (Zurich), and Liliane Obrecht, BLaw (Basel), this research project aims to create a comprehensive legal framework for the use of AI in Switzerland.

In addition to generating new ways to interpret and apply existing laws, the project will develop both generally applicable legal provisions and selected sector-specific regulations for the public administration and media sectors. These new legal norms will be presented 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 legal journals.

The project is financially supported by the Mercator Foundation.

Results of the Project