Algorithms, Uncertainty and Risk

Virtual lecture series during the summer semester 2022

Whereas data sets were previously a tool for making predictions about how to deal with uncertainty, the so-called “algorithmic turn” is increasingly leading to a society of predictions, in which individual and group behavior is consistently evaluated on a large scale and future shaping is undertaken on this basis. Instead of legal, institutional and individual processing and experience, probabilities and statistics now dominate. On the one hand, this makes the future more predictable, but on the other hand, it also makes it more susceptible to events that are not captured by such predictions – for example, because they occur too rarely or are caused by chance. At the same time, the control of (legal) decisions changes, because it must now increasingly look at the decision-making process.

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Online via Zoom. Registration at is required. The login data will be sent after registration.


Prof. Dr. Christoph Burchard (Chair for German, European and International Criminal Law and Procedure, Comparative Law and Legal Theory at Goethe-University and Principal Investigator of the Research Centre Normative Orders and the Cluster Initiative „ConTrust“)

Prof. Dr. Indra Spiecker gen. Döhmann (Chair in Public Law, Information Law, Environmental Law and Legal Theory and Principal Investigator of the Cluster Initiative „ConTrust“)

Preliminary Program:

Wednesday, May 4th 2022, 18.00h tbc
State of cybersecurity and overview of the challenges for Germany
Prof. Dr. Haya Shulman
(Goethe-University Frankfurt, Professor for Computer Science)

Wednesday, May 18th 2022, 18.00h
Die Sicherheit der Zukunft – Künstliche Intelligenz und soziale Kontrolle
Prof. Dr. Tobias Singelnstein (Goethe-University Frankfurt, Professor of Criminology)

Monday, May 30th 2022, 18.00h
Automating the Preconditions of Judgment?
Prof. Kiel Brennan-Marquez (UConn School of Law, Associate Professor of Law)

Monday, June 13th 2022, 18.00h
What – if? The cunning of uncertainty meets predictive algorithms
Prof. em. Dr. Helga Nowotny (ETH Zurich, Professor em. of Philosophy of Science and Science Studies)

Tuesday, June 14th 2022, 18.00h
Herrschaft und Wissen im medialen Wandel
Prof. Dr. Gunnar Folke Schuppert (Social Science Center Berlin, Professor Emeritus of Political and Administrative Science)

Monday, June 20th 2022, 18.00h
Subjekt und Bildung – zu Formen der Ungewissheit in postdigitalen Welten
Prof. Dr. Juliane Engel (Goethe-University Frankfurt, Professor of Educational Science with a focus on School and Cultural Transformation)

Tuesday, June 21th 2022, 18.00h
Ein formaler Rahmen für eine einheitliche quantitative Beschreibung des Risikos bezüglich Safety und Security
Prof. Dr. Jürgen Beyerer (Fraunhofer-Institut für Optronik, Systemtechnik und Bildauswertung (IOSB) and Karlsruher Institut für Technologie (KIT), holder of the chair Vision and Fusion Laboratory)

Organized by:
Research Centre “Normative Orders” of the Goethe University Frankfurt am Main, “ConTrust” – a Cluster Project of the State of Hesse, the Frankfurt Talks on Information Law of the Chair of Public Law, Environmental Law, Information Law and Legal Theory and the Centre Responsible Digitality of the Goethe University Frankfurt am Main