International PhD Colloquium 2021

Date: Time: 09:00 Location: ONLINE Meeting

LTMS International PhD Colloquium 2021
Call For Papers

Department of Law, Technology, Markets, and Society (LTMS)

4th  International PhD Colloquium on the Regulation of New Technologies

Tilburg University, The Netherlands – 16 June 2021

Call for Papers: The Regulation of New Technologies

The Department of Law, Technology, Markets, and Society (LTMS) is organizing the fourth edition of its annual PhD Colloquium on “The Regulation of New Technologies” which will be held  online on 16 June 2021. The organizers invite PhD researchers working on any of the themes covered by this Call for Papers to submit an abstract of max. 300 words by 21 March 2021.


Technological progress provides humanity with innovations that can serve us, but which may also have unexpected and unintended effects. Technology typically disrupts by providing for new forms of interaction, new types of mobility and transportation, or new forms of energy generation. Further, for the first time in human history we will live and work together with “artifacts” - robots, and artificial intelligence in many forms, such as (chat) bots and drones - that are not human or animal, but increasingly autonomous, intelligent and self-learning.

These new applications of technologies are often accompanied with uncertainties and risks as to their long-term benefits. As technology develops, so do societal perceptions of technology and the desired regulatory response thereto. Societies and its citizens have different collective and individual preferences in terms of the amount of uncertainty and the type of risks that they are willing to accept. This development raises fundamental questions: how do we ensure that we align technology with desired human values? Are we, as a community, actually aware of what we think is important - and do we agree? How do we ensure that the digital world becomes even better than the analog world: for the individual, society and our planet? Or will this technological advance prove to be a “devil in device”?  The way regulation can address these differing, and oftentimes conflicting societal objectives remains a crucial question of legal research. New technologies also raise questions about changing boundaries of the law as the line between harmful and beneficial effects often becomes difficult to draw, which is essential for modern law development and how to best benefit from new technologies.

Focusing on the Regulation of New Technologies, the organizers invite applications from PhD researchers working on any of the following general topics:

  • The regulation of a specific new technology in the field of (public) health, artificial intelligence and machine learning, automated driving, biometrics, privacy and data protection, cybersecurity, freedom of expression,  the internet of things, 3D metal printing, digital platforms, energy and the environment (including climate change);
  • The regulation of technology from a more theoretical perspective; i.e. projects that deal with the broader underlying aspects of regulation such as, legitimacy, accountability responsibility, trust, democracy, uncertainty, risks, precaution, competition, intellectual property, trade and  innovation, economic impacts, etc.;
  • Regulatory processes: how is new technology regulated in a democratic society and how can regulators ensure continuing legitimacy of regulation. For instance: should citizens be involved in decision-making processes governing highly complex technical issues, and if so, how?; which role does standardization play in this regard?

In particular, the organizers welcome contributions analyzing the role of social sciences and humanities for the development and construction of reliable and social technology.

Submission and organization

Interested PhD researchers are invited to submit an abstract of max. 300 words and 5 keywords by 21 March 2021 via Easychair. Only one abstract per person will be considered. Abstracts should be accompanied by a CV, indicating the researcher’s affiliation and list of publications. (Submission link: https://easychair.org/conferences/?conf=tipc2021)

The results of the selection process will be announced on 08 April 2021. Selected participants are expected to submit a paper based on their abstracts by 20 May 2021. The paper should be limited to 6.000 words max. Upon receipt, the paper will be reviewed by at least one Senior LTMS  member.

Due to the special, uncertain situations caused by the Covid-19 crisis, the Colloquium will be organized online.

Starting with a plenary session, the Colloquium will invite selected participants to join panel sessions chaired by LTMS experts and give a 15 minute presentation, followed by a short discussion. The Colloquium will end with another short, concluding plenary session.

Two participants will be selected for best paper awards (200 euro reward each) based on the quality of future submissions. There is the possibility to publish papers in an edited volume for participants that are interested (no obligation, depending on the quality of received papers).

The first edition of the Colloquium resulted in an edited volume: Reins, L. (2019). Regulating New Technologies in Uncertain Times—Challenges and Opportunities. In Regulating New Technologies in Uncertain Times (pp. 19-28). TMC Asser Press, The Hague.


For further information, please contact Dr. Marijke Roosen (M.Roosen@tilburguniversity.edu)  and Dr. Bo Zhao (s.b.zhao@tilburguniversity.edu)

Organizing committee

  • Dr. Marijke Roosen
  • Dr. Bo Zhao