TILT

Tilburg Institute for Law, Technology, and Society (TILT)

TILT studies emerging technologies and their impact on the individual and society, recognizing the interplay between technology, regulation and fundamental values & human rights.

About Tilburg Institute for Law, Technology, and Society (TILT)

The Tilburg Institute for Law, Technology, and Society (TILT) conducts teaching and research into the regulation of technologies and technology-related societal innovation.

National and International

TILT is a prominent player on the national as well as the international level when it comes to research and education in this particular area. TILT’s expertise covers a wide range of topics related to law, technology and their normative implications.

Focus

Research is focused on developments in ICT and nano-, bio-, neurotechnology and robotics technologies that are currently flourishing thanks to their rapidly evolving ICT infrastructures. These topics are studied from a multidisciplinary perspective including law, ethics, public administration, social sciences and technology. By using this approach we contribute to the overall aim of social innovation and understanding society.  

Multidiscipinar

TILT is a multidisciplinary research institute, combining law, philosophy, social sciences, public administration and management sciences. This enables us to look at research topics from multiple perspectives and deliver valuable contributions to the existing knowledge in the field of law, technology, and society. TILT’s collaborative and open environment stimulates social and intellectual interchange. Feel free to become more familiar with our organization through our website, or look directly for possibilities to get involved!

Mission

The mission of Tilburg Institute for Law, Technology, and Society (TILT) is to explore and understand the interplay between technology, regulation and fundamental values/human rights; to study emerging technologies, their impact on the individual and society; and to assess the need for regulation of technologies. Established in 1994, TILT has built a serious reputation in research, enabling the development of a leading program in Law & Technology.

Academic climate

TILT is located at the 7th floor of the Montesquieu Building at the Tilburg University Campus. We have a fairly unique composition in being both large (around 45 researchers) and truly interdisciplinary (combining law, STS, political science, and sociology). The academic environment is very lively, with much interaction and collaboration between researchers, sharing of ideas and constructive commenting on each other’s ideas and work. We take our open-door policy seriously, fostering collaboration and camaraderie. Tuesdays hold particular importance as this is the day when reading groups, work in progress discussions, seminars and other meetings are planned, but you will often run into spontaneous discussions and brainstorm-sessions at other times. This congenial atmosphere stimulates social and intellectual interchange. 

Topics

TILT's expertise covers a wide range of topics related to developments in ICT and nano-, bio-, neurotechnology and robotics -technologies that are currently flourishing thanks to their rapidly evolving ICT infrastructures. Topics include e-government, e-commerce, e-health, trust, technology adoption and legitimacy, privacy, identity management, liability, cyber crime, public security, intellectual property rights, networks and innovation, and governance.