Get to know our speakers for the conference!

Keynote – Adam Greenfield


Adam Greenfield is a London-based writer and urbanist. His most recent book is Radical Technologies: The Design of Everyday Life (Verso, 2017). 

Keynote – Dory Reiling


Dory Reiling Ph.D. Mag.Iur. (1950) is a senior judge at the Amsterdam District Court. She is involved in designing the digital procedures in the civil courts in the Netherlands. She was a senior judicial reform specialist at the World Bank and IT program manager for the Netherlands judiciary. She regularly lectures on court IT at universities, judicial academies and postgraduate schools and works as an IT adviser to judiciaries around the world. She is also a co-author of the World Bank Handbook on Justice Sector Assessments. She was the acting expert for the Consultative Council of European Judges (Council of Europe) Opinion 14 on information technologies and the courts. Her 2009 book Technology for Justice, How Information Technology can Support Judicial Reform, is widely available in print, on line and as an e-book. Her publications can be found on www.doryreiling.com, her tweets are on www.twitter.com/doryontour and her Technology for Justice blog is on www.doryreiling.blogspot.nl

Anette Alén-Savikko


LL.D Anette Alén-Savikko is a post-doc researcher in the University of Helsinki. Anette is conducting post-doc research in the field of law and digitalisation, focusing on new media, IPR and data protection issues. She has published on the legal dimensions of 5G networks, social media platforms and parody, among others. She has been involved in many interdisciplinary research projects as well as in global and EU-wide studies.

Rosa Maria Ballardini


Rosa Maria Ballardini is a Senior Lecturer in Intellectual Property law at the University of Lapland/Faculty of Law. She was awarded the title of Docent of intellectual property law at the University of Helsinki (Finland) in 2017, the Ph.D. degree at Hanken School of Economics (Finland) in 2012, the LL.M. degree at the University of Edinburgh (Scotland) in 2005, and the law degree at the University of Brescia (Italy) in 2003. Since 2005 she has researched and thought in the field of IP law at various universities. Rosa's research interests focus on the interface between law (with focus on IP law) and technology. She has written extensively especially in the fields of patent and copyright law, open innovation and open source, as well as IP strategies and IP management in various technological contexts (e.g. software, 3D printing, Artificial Intelligence and Industrial Internet). Her research approach is multidisciplinary, combining law, technology, business and policy via using different types of methodologies (e.g. traditional legal research methods, empirical methods, as well as design thinking to law).

Pawan Dutt


Pawan Kumar Dutt (pawan.dutt@ttu.ee) is a Lecturer at Tallinn Law School of Tallinn University of Technology. He teaches Intellectual Property Law. His educational background includes Bachelor´s degrees in Chemistry and in Law (both from the University of Mumbai, India) and a Master of Arts in Law from Tallinn University of Technology. He is a doctoral student at the Estonian Business School. He is an advocate and solicitor and is a member of various law associations in India. He is registered as a Patent Attorney in the Indian Patent Offce. He has practiced law since 1998. His areas of research are Intellectual Property Law and Competition Law and he has various publications related to these topics. He has been involved in several international projects concerning the study of this feld and funded by USAID and the European Union, both within and outside Europe.

Dirk Hartung


Dirk Hartung is the Executive Director of Legal Technology at Bucerius Law School in Hamburg, Germany. After five years at a renowned boutique firm for Press and Media Law, he joined his alma mater in 2014 as a member of the management team. He develops the technology education program for the school and hosts their summer program on legal technology and operations. He is writing a PhD on digital lawyering under professional law and unauthorised practice of law regimes. His other research interests include the role of technology in the market for legal services, data science in law and natural language processing in legal contexts. As a member of the Stanford Computable Contracts Initiative he is actively researching computable contracts. He teaches Machine Learning in Law as well as Hands on Legal Technology and is a teaching assistant for Introduction to Data Science for Lawyers. Dirk is a co-founder of the European Legal Tech Association and the Hamburg chapter of Legal Hackers.

Herkko Hietanen


Herkko Hietanen runs his own law firm (turre.com) and has developed legal tech services for over a decade. His PhD dissertation analysed the intersection of design, law and technology. Few of the services Herkko has developed have received awards but most of them have failed spectacularly. Yet Herkko is among the few lawyers who can say that their legal tech has served thousands of paying customers for years.

Hanne Hirvonen


Hanne Hirvonen is a legal counsel at the Finnish Communications Regulatory Authority and a PhD student at the University of Helsinki. In her studies she is focusing on digitalization of administrative procedure. Hanne is also one of the affiliated researchers of the Legal Tech Lab.

Timo Honkela


PhD, Professor, Research on Digital Resources, University of Helsinki, Department of Digital Humanities. More than 30 years experience on research of artificial intelligence, especially natural language processing, machine learning, neural networks, socio-cognitive modeling, and text and data mining focused on humanities and social sciences. Has served as a professor also in Helsinki University of Technology (currently Aalto University) in Professor Teuvo Kohonen's laboratory where he also received his PhD as well as in University of Art and Design Helsinki, Media Lab. His scientific discipline is difficult to define as he has studied and has research experience on multiple scientific disciplines. Digital Humanities based on Modern AI is a reasonable characterisation.  Since receiving a brain cancer diagnosis in 2014, after successful treatments and returning back to work, has focused on positive applications of artificial intelligence in the society, most notably in the form of the Peace Machine concept. In late 2017, a book on this topic was published in Finnish and in 2018 translation into English, Chinese and Russian is ongoing.

Riikka Koulu


Dr. Riikka Koulu is an assistant professor in Law and Digitalisation at the University of Helsinki. She is also the director of the University of Helsinki Legal Tech Lab, a research hub that focuses in digitalisation of legal practice. She has received her PhD in procedural law in 2016 and explored technology-enabled privatisation of coercion in her dissertation. In her postdoc projects, she examines the impact of increasing automation on the legal profession, e.g. algorithmic fairness and autonomous decision making, dispute resolution technology, the use of data analytics in law and governance of autonomous ledger technologies.

Johanna Lilja


Johanna Lilja is a Helsinki-based Partner and Head of Roschier's Data Protection & Digitalization practice. She regularly advises clients on all aspects of data protection and privacy from operational matters to implementation of EU General Data Protection Compliance programs. Johanna is also specialized in intellectual property with a particular focus on patent litigation. She is recognized as a leading expert in Finland in the fields of intellectual property and life sciences by a number of international ranking publications. Johanna's experience includes working for Nokia Corporation and Pfizer Oy as a visiting lawyer. In addition to other positions of trust, she is a member of the working group assembled by the Central Chamber of Commerce of Finland to draft the Finnish IT2018 standard contract terms and conditions. Johanna is also a certified CIPP/E (Certified Information Privacy Professional / Europe, IAPP 2015).

Sakari Melander


Sakari Melander is a Professor of Criminal Law at the Faculty of Law of the University of Helsinki. Since 2018, he has acted as a Vice Dean responsible for education. Melander is also the Director of the faculty’s Bachelor's Programme.


Beata Mäihäniemi


LL.D. Beata Mäihäniemi, who is based at the Faculty of Law at the University of Helsinki, is an affiliated researcher at the Legal Tech Lab project at the University of Helsinki. She is currently a post-doctoral researcher in the project on the application of AI applications in public decision-making in Finland and has written her doctoral thesis on access to information, competition law and Google. Beata's research interests include digital markets, AI, antitrust, privacy issues, big data, virtual competition, behavioural economics. She has additional knowledge of EU law, internet technology law, IPRs, law and economic. Beata teaches Competition law in a digital age and European Approach to Internet Regulation at the University of Helsinki. 


Kimmo Nuotio


Kimmo Nuotio is professor of criminal law. He has published on issues such as criminal law theory, comparative and European criminal law, and legal theory. Kimmo Nuotio was the Jean Monnet Fellow of the European University Institute 2000-2001. He served as the director of the Finnish national doctoral program in law for many years (2007-2015), and he was the vice-director of the Centre of Excellence in Foundations of European Law and Polity Research (2008-2013), funded by the Academy of Finland. He is the former Dean of the Faculty of Law, and a member of the advisory board of the Legal Tech Lab. During the Fall of 2018 he will stay as a visiting professor at the Centre for Ethics of the University of Toronto. 

Riikka Rosendahl


Riikka Rosendahl is a legal adviser at the Finnish Competition and Consumer Authority. She is specialized in legal questions of digitalization and consumer protection. Some of her presentations can be found on SlideShare and columns in the Finnish Consumer Ombudsman's newsletter


Burkhard Schafer


Burkhard Schafer studied Theory of Science, Logic, Theoretical Linguistics, Philosophy and Law at the Universities of Mainz, Munich, Florence and Lancaster. His  main field of interest is the interaction between law, science and computer technology, especially computer linguistics. How can law, understood as a system, communicate with systems external to it, be it the law of other countries (comparative law and its methodology) or science (evidence, proof and trial process)? His research spans from legal informatics - the question how computational representation of legal reasoning can assist the justice system - to IT law, the regulation of information technology in all its aspects.

In Edinburgh, he is currently the Director of the SCRIPT Centre for IT and IP law, and  co-founder and co-director of the Joseph Bell Centre for Legal Reasoning and Forensic Statistics. He also serves on the Data Ethics Group of the Alan Turing Institute and is member of AI4Society.

Juha Vesala


Juha Vesala, LL.D., is a post-doctoral researcher at the University of Helsinki, Faculty of law. His latest research focuses on regulation of innovation in antitrust, Digital Single Market issues relating to online distribution of content and antitrust and intellectual property law issues raised by the use of artificial intelligence for creative purposes.

Mika Viljanen


Assistant professor Mika Viljanen’s research spans a wide spectrum of private law issues, ranging from torts and contracts to banking regulation and regulatory theory. Recently, Viljanen has focused on cyborg regulatory strategies, regulation of algorithms, insuring autonomous mobility platforms, and the impending challenges non-human actors pose to law. Viljanen has worked on the AAWA, D4Value, and Making MyData Real projects, all focusing on different aspects of the digital revolution.

Indrė Žliobaitė


Indre Zliobaite is an assistant professor at the Department of Computer Science, University of Helsinki where she leads a research group on Data science and evolution with the main focus on developing computational methods for understanding biospheric and climate change. At Legal Tech Con she will talk about non-discrimination perspective of Artificial Intelligence. Zliobaite is one of the pioneering researchers of fairness and accountability in algorithmic decision making, and early contributor of discrimination-aware algorithms in early 2010s. She was a co-organizer of the first International Workshop on Discrimination and Privacy-Aware Data Mining (in 2012), and, as far as it is known, taught the first dedicated course in the world on  Non-discriminatory machine learning (Aalto University and University of Helsinki in 2015).