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For 2021 applications CECS is interested in PhD projects within the following areas:

1. Comparing constitutional developments























Europe’s challenges and opportunities

2. Europe’s challenges and opportunities























3. Digitalization - which normative impact?













While there are vast bodies of work considering the legal implications of new insights garnered from neuroscience (and aligned developments in other behavioural sciences), these have predominantly revolved around the interrogation of human agency, autonomy and concomitantly, of responsibility, culpability and accountability.

Yet, there are insights arising from the mirror to human behaviour provided by new and emerging technologies that have received relatively scant attention. An example of this can be found in the pivot from legal and regulatory concerns arising from artificial intelligence applications making decisions about us to such applications affecting our decision making processes that Daniel Susser has drawn attention to. There is a wealth of legal and regulatory research to be done into the implications of such a pivot, and what types of responses would be adequate and effective to meet this step change. And while presently in the realm of science fiction, what legal and regulatory repercussions might arise from the development and maturation of brain-interface technologies? Projects to bring about such technologies are in the infancy, and have been critiqued as overhyping both achievements and possibilities, but taking these ideas serious can provide the defamiliarization necessary to deeply interrogate deep and pervasive presumptions in legal doctrine and regulatory policy that have hitherto been unquestioned. There is significant room for framing PhD projects under this broad umbrella.

Contact person: Associate Professor, Hin-Yan Liu: