Opportunities and Risks of Digital Transformation in Finance and Beyond


2 – 3 June, online and at Gästehaus Goethe Universität Frankfurt am Main

The conference Opportunities and Risks of Digital Transformation in Finance and Beyond hosted by ZEVEDI project group AI & Finance will bring together renowned experts to discuss the latest research and case studies on the opportunities and risks of digital transformation in finance and beyond. The fairness of credit scoring models, the ramifications of human-AI collaboration, and the legal foundations of CBDC are just a small selection of topics that will be covered at this event.

  • Thursday, 2 June 2022, 16:00 – 18:00 CEST
    virtual panel via Zoom
  • Friday, 3 June 2022, 9:00 – 17:15 CEST
    in person conference at Gästehaus Goethe Universität Frankfurt am Main

Registration for participation on-site is open until 12 May 2022. A conference fee will be charged for catering.

Registration for virtual attendance is open until 2 June. Virtual attendance is free of cost.

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Fully automated agreements? What are benefits of „Smart Contracts“?

Even if not all of us are experts in civil law, we routinely enter into contractual obligations with each other in everyday life. Whether we buy bread rolls, take out life insurance or book a flight – we trust that we can rely on each other. And if something does go wrong, laws or even courts settle the dispute. At first glance, the internet as a market place doesn’t make much of a difference. We simply order online instead of by phone or postcard like our grandparents We click and everything from loans to share purchases is done in a flash. Nothing else changes – right? Perhaps it is worth taking a closer look. Because automation shifts balanced rules in the background of contracts that we often don’t even know about. And the hype surrounding smart contracts shows that digitality may have great potential to change our understanding of mutual obligation. Technology is supposed to make automated contract processing possible that, at least in theory, works without trust – neither in each other nor in governmental institutions. But to what extent would that be progress?

Nikolas Guggenberger researches and teaches at Yale Law School on the automation of law and its impact on society. Previously, the legal scholar was a junior professor at the Institute for Information, Telecommunications and Media Law at the University of Münster. In this episode of Digitalgespräch, Guggenberger explains where digitality makes a difference to our contractual practice and sheds light on the background to the buzzword “smart contract.” With hosts Marlene Görger and Petra Gehring, he discusses whether sophisticated technology could replace the law and clarifies where German laws set limits to automation that the legal system in the U.S., for example, does not necessarily recognise.

Episode 19 of Digitalgespräch, feat. Nikolas Guggenberger of Yale Law School, 22 March 2022
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Algorithmen und die Transformation von Demokratie

Digital lecture series

winter semester 2021/22

In this winter semester the research centre Normative Orders of Goethe-Universität Frankfurt am Main is organising a digital lecture series. The contributions to the event will deal with central aspects of the research work, each one from the perspective of one of the disciplines involved in the research centre. The primary goal is to allow students, colleagues and interested parties to participate in the research and to invite discussion.

Both convenors of the series are members of ZEVEDI: Prof. Indra Spiecker gen. Döhmann, who is spokesperson of project group Diffusion of Responsibility through Algorithms and Prof. Christoph Burchard, who is a member of the same group.

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