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On the relation of legislation and ethics in digitalisation

The project undertakes an ethical and legal assessment of legal policy projects in the field of digitalisation.

Project description

The process of digital transformation generates a number of ethical and legal questions that are also the subject of already extant and still to be formulated legal rules. The research project identifies and classifies the arguments put forth in this context in the legislative process in order to subject them to a comprehensive ethical and legal evaluation. In addition to the crystallisation of concrete ethical and legal recommendations, the aim is to identify any gaps in the arguments in order to help rationalise the debate. Furthermore, the project intends to identify the preconditions for successful interdisciplinary cooperation between law-making, legal studies and ethics in the field of digitalisation.

The main focus of the project lies on the subjects of digitised (Internet-supported) communication and digitised medicine and on questions of responsibility and liability in human-machine collaborations.

The project was completed on December, 31 2022.


Dr. Christoph Egle

Managing Director, bidt

Project team

Nikolaus Bauer

Doctoral researcher, Chair of Administrative Law, with a focus on Digitalization, Media and E-Government | University of Regensburg

Prof. Dr. Dr. Eric Hilgendorf

Member of bidt's Board of Directors, Chair of the Department of Criminal Law, Criminal Justice, Legal Theory, Information and Computer Science Law | Julius-Maximilians-Universität Würzburg

Prof. Dr. Dr. h.c. Julian Nida-Rümelin

Member of bidt's Board of Directors, Professor emeritus of Philosophy and Political Theory | Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität in Munich

Klaus Staudacher

Researcher, bidt