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Max Planck Law-Tech-Society

Over the last decade, research on “law and technology” has exploded, cutting across all legal disciplines. Indeed, an increasing number of Max Planck Law scholars are contributing to this field, examining the legal, regulatory, policy, and social implications of emerging technologies and exploring the opportunities technologies offer as a methodological tool for legal research and practice. In parallel, Max Planck Institutes in the MPG’s Chemistry, Physics & Technology Section are leading the development of new technologies that will continue to shape our societies.

Given the rapid pace of today’s global technological development and its wide-ranging societal impact, collaboration and interdisciplinary exchange of thought is a prerequisite to grasp the complexity and multiple dimensions of the field and for producing cutting edge research. It is also essential to enable research that actively and effectively shapes public discourse on legal, ethical, and social implications of various emerging technologies and their regulation.

The Max Planck Law-Tech-Society Initiative will serve as a hub for the exchange of ideas on common themes, concerns, and challenges raised by the complex and interdependent relationships between law, technology, and society.

It will do so by: 1) strengthening interdisciplinary collaboration and realising synergies between researchers from across Max Planck Law Institutes and Max Planck Institutes in the MPG’s Chemistry, Physics & Technology Section; (2) providing a forum to those eager to learn more about this field, for example, by providing guidance and support to Max Planck Law researchers who are interested in learning about how to apply new digital research techniques; and (3) fostering network-building with other leading institutions in the field.

Once established, the Initiative will help to increase the visibility of technology-related research at Max Planck Institutes, cement their leadership in the field, and attract new international talent.

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