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Legal and Technical Challenges of Large Generative AI Models

4-5 July 2023

Geneva, Switzerland


Large Generative AI Models, such as ChatGPT, GPT-4 or Stable Diffusion, are revolutionizing the way we communicate, create, and work. They are rapidly and profoundly impacting all sectors of society, from business development to medicine, from education to research, and from coding to the arts. Like many other transformative technologies, they offer enormous potential, but may also carry significant risks regarding, inter alia, opacity, bias, or fake news.
Against this background, the workshop brings together leading scholars to discuss the far-reaching technical, legal, regulatory and social implications of recent advances in generative AI systems. The organizers acknowledge the generous support of the Dieter Schwarz Stiftung.

The conference will take place in person with hybrid participation of the general public, a live stream will be provided.

Conference Program

4 July 2023

Session 1: Overview and Explorative Survey


  • Philipp Hacker - Chair for Law and Ethics of the Digital Society, European New School of Digital Studies, European University Viadrina
  • Rasmus Rothe - Co-Founder & CTO, Merantix
  • Frederik Zuiderveen Borgesius - Professor of ICT and Private Law, Radboud University; Interdisciplinary Hub for Security, Privacy and Data Governance, Radboud University
  • Lilian Edwards - Professor of Law, Innovation & Society, Newcastle University
  • Brent Mittelstadt - Oxford Internet Institute
  • Alexandre Zavaglia Coelho - Fundação Getúlio Vargas, São Paulo
  • Andreas Engel - Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Faculty of Laws, University of Heidelberg

5 July 2023

Welcome Statement


  • Philipp Hacker - Chair for Law and Ethics of the Digital Society, European New School of Digital Studies, European University Viadrina
Session 2: Foundations and Applications


  • Rishi Bommasani - Stanford Center for Research on Foundation Models
  • Ramayya Krishnan - Dean, Heinz College of Information Systems and Public Policy; William W. and Ruth F. Cooper Professor of Management Science and Information Systems, CMU
  • Rema Padman - Trustees Professor of Management Science and Healthcare Informatics, Heinz College of Information Systems and Public Policy, Carnegie Mellon University; Thrust Leader of Healthcare Informatics Research, iLab; Research Area Director for Operations and Informatics, Center for Health Analytics, Heinz College, CMU; Adjunct Professor, Department of Biomedical Informatics at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine
Session 3: International Perspectives


  • Sue Hendrikson - Executive Director, Berkman Klein Center for Internet & Society, Harvard; Lecturer, Harvard Law School
  • Kai Zenner - European Parliament
  • Dora Kaufman - Professor of Law; Instituto de Estudos Avançados; Intelligence Technologies and Digital Design Program, Universidade de São Paulo and Pontifícia Universidade Católica de São Paulo
Session 4: Transparency and (In)Equality


  • Orly Lobel - Warren Distinguished Professor of Law, University of San Diego; Director, Center for Employment and Labor Policy
  • Sandra Wachter - Professor of Technology and Regulation, Oxford Internet Institute, University of Oxford
  • Jonas Andrulis - Founder & CEO/AI Customer, Aleph Alpha
Session 5: Platforms, the GDPR and Patents


  • Rumman Chowdhury - Responsible AI Fellow, Berkman Klein Center, Harvard; former head of ML Ethics and Transparency, Twitter
  • Jeremias Adams-Prassl - Professor of Law, Magdalen College, University of Oxford
  • Michael Veale - Associate Professor, Faculty of Laws, UCL
  • Herbert Zech - Chair of Civil Law, Technology and IT Law, Humboldt University of Berlin; Director, Weizenbaum Institute for the Networked Society
Closing Statement


  • Sarah Hammer - University of Pensylvania

Conference Details


United Nations ITU
Place des Nations
1211 Geneva


  • Philipp Hacker (European New School of Digital Studies, European University Viadrina, Germany)
  • Sarah Hammer (University of Pennsylvania Law School, USA)


Dieter Schwarz Stiftung