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Robotics Law Research Centre

Press reports about the Robotics Law Research Centre

Below is a selection of reports about the Forschungsstelle:

Reports from the year: | 2023 | 2022 | 2021 | 2020 | 2019 | 2018 | 2017 | 2016 | 2015 | 2014 | 2013 | 2012 | 2011 | 2010 |

Berichterstattung 2023

In the SZ, Wolfgang Janisch deals with artificial intelligence in the justice system and interviewed Professor Dr. Dr. Eric Hilgendorf and Professor Dr. Susanne Beck.


The Bavarian AI Network reports on the call for a pause in the development of artificial intelligence and also quotes Professor Dr Dr Eric Hilgendorf.


Eric Hilgendorf, together with Alexander Pretschner, Ute Schmid and Hannah Schmid-Petri, wrote a guest article for the FAZ on the language AI ChatGPT, which is currently being talked about by everyone.


Reports 2022

Wolfgang Janisch reports in the SZ on the Lawyers' Conference 2022 "Artificial Intelligence - Challenges and Opportunities" and mentions contributions by Eric Hilgendorf and Susanne Beck.


Reports 2021

The Tagesschau reports on the decision of the Osnabrück Regional Court on the criminal liability of presenting a forged vaccination card in a pharmacy and the comments of criminal lawyers on the judgement.


Reports 2020

Die Welt published an opinion piece by Prof. Dr. Dr. Eric Hilgendorf, together with Prof. Dr. Dr. h.c. Julian Nida-Rümelin, on the "absolutisation" of a single fundamental right, resulting in the shutdown of entire regions.


Self-learning systems can streamline production processes, shorten waiting periodes and eradicate mistakes. Ideally. When ERP-solutions and machine software intertwine e.g. the process of ordering is automated, this can lead to not wished results. But who is liable and for what?


Reports 2019

On December 26, 2019 Prof. Hilgendorf attended a conference in the Taiwanese capital Taipei and gave a presentation on the topic "New European legal framework for artificial intelligence". The invitation was based on the intensive cooperation between the Robot Law Research Center and the local Research Center for Artificial Intelligence and Law under the direction of Prof. Liching Chang.


Robots are being used more and more in Germany's workplaces; some robots even work in close quarters with employees, i.e. without physical barriers to separate them. But what happens in case of an accident? Can a robot be "responsible" for an accident? Or must the employee bear full responsibility? Nicolas Woltmann from the Robotrecht Forschungsstelle at the University of Würzburg, provides answers to these and other questions about the current state of human-robot cooperation.


"Whether on the factory floor or in the operating room, robots with artificial intelligence are increasingly being used in the working world. Who bears the responsibility if they make mistakes?" An interview by Spiegel Online with Christian Haagen.


"In the future, artificial intelligence will be as commonplace as electricity and telephones - whether it's an automated car, a robot surgeon or a thinking factory machine. But what if autonomous machines make fatal mistakes?" A Deutsche Welle contribution with excerpts from an interview with Nicolas Woltmann and Susanne Beck.


Reports 2018

Interview Prof. Hilgendorf mit Nürnberger Stadtanzeiger

Let's face it: robots have become an essential part of our everyday lives. They vacuum the carpet in the apartment, take over driving and become - like Alexa, for example - personal assistants. They can do more and more. But what happens if something goes wrong? Prof. Dr. Dr. Hilgendorf was interviewed by the Nürnberger Stadtanzeiger.


Will robots in the future be liable to pay civil compensation or even incur criminal liability? And how can their increasing autonomy be reconciled with occupational health and safety concerns? Nicolas Woltmann, an employee of the Forschungsstelle, asked himself these and several other questions in the May 2018 issue of the magazine Sicherheitsingenieur.


Nicolas Woltmann, a member of the Forschungsstelle, gave an interview to the magazine Maschinenmarkt on legal issues raised in connection with the new European General Data Protection Regulation. The interview not only dealt with the latest Facebook data leak, but also with data protectionism and secure cloud computing.


Reports 2017

Reports 2016

Reports 2015

Reports 2014

Reports 2013



Cooperation with roboticists at Peking University, PR China: An interview with Prof. Dr. Dr. Hilgendorf


Reports 2012

Reports 2011

Reports 2010