The Consortium

The Advisory Board

University of Amsterdam |

uva-logo h50The Leibniz Center for Law of the University of Amsterdam started in 1988 and currently employs about 10 people. It is part of the Faculty of Law and maintains strong connections with the Science Faculty. The Leibniz Center develops intelligent technology to support legal practice both in the private and in the public sector. It applies Artificial Intelligence (AI) techniques to problems in legal theory, legal knowledge management and the field of law in general. In this capacity, it participates in many (inter)national research initiatives and maintains strong ties to the international research community and government agencies. The Leibniz Center has participated in and coordinated numerous national and European (applied) research projects and has coordinated various European Commission sponsored projects including the 6th framework project ESTRELLA, the Leonardo project TRIAS and the eParticipation project SEAL.

The Institute for Information Law (IViR), officially established in 1989, is one of the largest research centers in the field of information law in the world. The Institute employs over 25 researchers who are active in an entire spectrum of information society related legal areas: intellectual property law, patents, telecommunications and broadcasting regulation, media law, Internet regulation, advertising law, domain names, freedom of expression, privacy, digital consumer issues, commercial speech, et cetera. The institute’s mission is to further the development of information law into a balanced framework that accommodates the needs and interests of the information society. The Institute engages in cutting-edge research into fundamental and topical aspects of information law, and provides a forum for critical debate about the social, cultural and political aspects of regulating information markets.

Key Staff

Radboud Winkels

Dr. Radboud G.F. Winkels is associate professor in Computer Science and Law at the “Leibniz Center for Law”. As a psychologist and AI researcher he specializes in artificial legal reasoning, (social) network analysis, natural language processing and (legal) ontologies. He teaches in AI and Forensic Science. He was president of the JURIX foundation of Legal Knowledge and Information Systems and is now president of the International Association of AI and Law.

Mireille van Eechoud

Mireille van Eechoud is professor of Law at the Institute for Information Law, and directs its Information Law master programme.
A key research theme in Van Eechoud’s current work is the emergent regulatory framework for open public sector data. Of special interest is the relationship between rights of access as enshrined in freedom of information laws and the (commercial) use of public sector information.

Salzburg University of Applied Sciences

suas h50The school of Information Technologies and Systems Management (ITS) of Salzburg University of Applied Sciences (SUAS) offers two BA and three MA programs to a total of 350 students and is focused on software engineering, systems engineering, network technologies, and the crosscutting application field of eHealth. SUAS’s staff comprises faculty with long track records in ICT research, mathematical and biomedical modelling. SUAS has participated in several EU projects and is eager to extend its competences in the fields of self-adaptive software systems and symbiotic system architectures.

Key Staff

Thomas Heistracher

Prof. Dipl.-Ing. Dr. Thomas Heistracher is a tenured professor at Salzburg University of Applied Sciences, head of research of information technologies and deputy director of the school of information technology and systems management (ITS). In addition to work in the software industry, he has held positions at Graz University of Technology, University of Leoben, and University of Salzburg. He has experience in planning and managing of research projects in various settings such as governmentally, industrially, and EU-funded projects. Key research interests are in adaptability of software infrastructures in context of ubiquitous computing, in natural-language-based notations for ICT utilisation, and in interaction computing under consideration of spatiality.

Thomas Lampoltshammer

DI(FH) Thomas Lampoltshammer, MSc has graduated from SUAS and Halmstad University, Sweden, in a joint degree programme and is now pursuing his PhD studies in the field of software design for location-aware metadata systems and natural-language based interaction concepts.

London School of Economics and Political Science

images h50The LSE is regarded as one of the world’s leading academic institutions and remains a specialist single-faculty constituent college of the University of London, the only such institution in Britain. The aim of LSE’s Media and Communications Department is to keep pace with rapid change in media, technology and society demands through dynamic and imaginative research. Based on the results from the 2008 Research Assessment Exercise, on grade point average the department is rated third-best in the UK.

Key Staff

Paolo Dini

Dr. Paolo Dini, PhD, MS (Penn State), BS (UC Davis) is a Senior Research Fellow in the Department of Media and Communications at LSE. His social science research is concerned with social and economic theory. Dr. Dini has worked on or coordinated 6 ICT-related EU projects over the past 10 years. In the social sciences, he has published in the International Journal for Technological Learning, Innovation and Development, the Journal of Banking Regulation, and the Journal of Culture, Theory and Critique.

Shenja van der Graaf

Dr. Shenja van der Graaf, PhD (LSE), MA (Utrecht) is a senior researcher and project leader at iMinds-SMIT, a visiting senior fellow at LSE, an honorary fellow at MIT Media Lab ID3 Hub, and a Futures of Entertainment fellow. Her research revolves around moments of transition and the dynamics that accompany them, for instance in (distributed) information and innovation; software/code markets; smart cities; new media users, communities & cultures; trust and crime in cyberspace; and research methods.

Antonella Passani

Dr. Antonella Passani, PhD, Laurea (Rome La Sapienza). Dr. Passani’s background is in Sociology and Cultural Anthropology. She is currently the coordinator of the Socio-Economic Research Unit of T6, a research and consultancy SME based in Rome. She has worked on ICT-related EU projects for the last 9 years, contributing to or leading all stages of the research process. She is an expert in both qualitative and quantitative methodologies and facilitation methods. She has performed both theoretical and field research on the impact of ICT on social capital, collaboration, local development and social inclusion.

University of Sussex

sussex h50Law at Sussex was rated 16th in the UK in the most recent Research Assessment Exercise.  Within the Sussex Law School there are two research strands bringing together the research of individual members of faculty.  The first, Legal Conceptualisations, brings together three groups of faculty whose research is related to concepts of responsibility, solidarity or security.  The second strand, Practices and Transformations, explores governance through the perspective of citizenship and constitutions and reflection upon comparative legal systems and designs. In 2007, the Centre for Responsibilities, Rights and the Law  was created which explores the importance and limits of human rights, and the allocation and content of responsibilities in domestic, European and international law.

Key Staff

Chris Marsden

Professor Christopher T. Marsden is Professor of Media Law at the University of Sussex, since April 2013. He was formerly Senior Lecturer (2008-12) then Professor of Law (2012-13) at Essex, having previously taught and researched at Warwick (1997-2000), Oxford (2004-5), LSE (1995-1997). He is author of four monographs on Internet law:

  • “Regulating Code” (2013, MIT Press with Dr Ian Brown),
  • “Net neutrality: Towards a Co-Regulatory Solution” (2010, Bloomsbury),
  • “Internet Co-regulation: European Law, Regulatory Governance and Legitimacy in Cyberspace” (2011, Cambridge),
  • “Codifying Cyberspace” (Routledge/Cavendish 2007 with Dr. D. Tambini, D. Leonardi)

Andres Guadamuz

Andres Guadamuz is a Senior Lecturer in Intellectual Property Law here at Sussex, and an independent consultant for WIPO and Creative Commons. He was Associate Director of the SCRIPT Centre for Intellectual Property Studies and Technologies at the University of Edinburgh, His main research areas are open licensing subjects. Andres has published two books, the most recent is “Networks, Complexity and Internet Regulation” with the British publisher Edward Elgar.

Alpenite srl

alpenite h50Alpenite is an IT software consulting and system integration company with headquarters in Venice, Italy. The major areas of expertise of Alpenite are in portals, mobile applications, e-commerce websites and business intelligence, using open source technologies and integrating with enterprise components where needed. Alpenite has developed strategic relationships with open source vendors like Jahia (portals) and Magento (e-commerce) and has competencies in the main open source products available on the market (Liferay, Typo3, PhoneGap, Pentaho, SpagoBI, Mahout, Mule ESB, Talend, ServiceMix).

Key Staff

Giulio Marcon

Giulio Marcon is president of Alpenite, with fifteen years of academic and industrial experience in the field of ICT, in particular regarding open source technologies and enterprise systems. Mr. Marcon will be directly involved in the project as primary contact person for Alpenite.

Gianluigi Alberici

Gianluigi Alberici is managing director of Alpenite, with nineteen years of industrial experience in the roles of chief information officer and chief technology officer and with strong experience in social community  involvement, enterprise systems and open source technologies. Mr. Alberici will manage the operations of Alpenite in the project.


o_h50BY WASS is a consulting company with a focus on law and innovation and initiator of the openlaws project. BY WASS has developed the RIS:App, the official mobile interface for the award-winning Austrian legal information system. The top-ranking app is based on Austrian Open Government Data.

Key Staff

Clemens Wass

Dr. Clemens Wass, MBL, MBA has obtained degrees in law, business law and business administration (with a specialization on entrepreneurship and innovation). He has ten years of practical experience in the area of law and legal informatics. Before joining BY WASS, he has been working for the University of Salzburg at the Institute for Comparative Law and for the IT companies SONY and SKIDATA, coordinating a high number of legal projects. He is external lecturer at the Vienna University of Economics and Business, has published several papers in the area of legal informatics and information law, and is the inventor of two patents.


The Advisory Board

Brigitte Barotanyi and Günther Tschabuschnig, Federal Government, Austria

The platform digital Austria is the coordination and strategy committee of the Federal Government for eGovernment in Austria. eGovernment includes the totality of all electronic public administration services for the Austrian people. With it the access to and the contact with public authorities become easier. More than 93 percent of the enterprises already use eGovernment services, more and more citizens are electronic customers.

Federal Government Austria

Marc van Opijnen, Knowledge Center for Official Government Publications (KOOP), Netherlands

Mr.dr. Marc van Opijnen studied administrative, European and international law and has hands-on experience with public case law databases and other internet projects for nearly twenty years. In 2014 he obtained his doctorate with a thesis on the legal framework of access to case law, link extraction from legal texts and a statistical Model for Automated Rating of Case law (MARC). He works at the Knowledge Center for Official Government Publications (KOOP) of the Dutch Ministry of the Interior and is involved in various European working groups and projects on e-justice and e-law.

Mirena Taskova and Günther Leissler, Schoenherr Attorneys at Law, Austria/Bulgaria

Mrs. Mirena Taskova is an attorney at law with Schoenherr’s Sofia office since 2007 and has over 7 years of experience as a lawyer, mainly focusing on Data Protection, IP & IT related work in Bulgaria. Mirena has an extensive experience with numerous national and international companies in various aspects of processing, respectively international transfer of personal data and IP issues. Mirena has acted recently for clients in the IT, health, oil and gas, food/non-food retail and high-tech electronics manufacturing industry. Before joining Schoenherr Sofia Mirena Taskova was working as a legal advisor for the biggest steelmaking company on the Balkan Peninsula – Kremikovtzi Corp. Mirena has published several articles in Bulgarian and international journals (DataGuidance, Bloomberg). Mirena is a member of the International Association of Privacy Professionals (IAPP) and the Hong Kong Data Protection Officers’ Club.

Mr. Günther Leissler is an attorney with Schoenherr in Vienna, where he is a member of the firm’s Regulatory Practice Group. His practice focuses on Regulatory issues, where he specializes in privacy, telecommunications and life science law. He frequently advises Schoenherr’s clients in implementing global data base projects in Austrian and CEE and represents them in regulatory approval and registration proceedings. He is involved in legislative procedures for the amendment of health data regulation in Austria and he frequently advises Schoenherr’s clients on the implementation of web-based telecommunications services. He is also heavily involved in advising clients on cross border data disclosure in the course of e-discovery requests, whistleblowing or intra-group data transfers.


Kurt Lassacher, Price Waterhouse Coopers (PWC), Austria

Mr. Kurt Lassacher has studied law and is leading the tax department of PWC Salzburg. The trained tax advisor has an extensive professional experience. His main activities are tax and legal consulting for individuals and national and international companies. He is member in the Private Clients Network of PWC. Furthermore he is active as a speaker as well as an author in his field of expertise, member of the Chamber of Commerce and supporting the mediation center in Salzburg.

Oleg Lavrovsky, Open Knowledge Foundation (OKFN), Switzerland

Mr. Oleg Lavrovsky is a software engineer engaged as technical lead at an innovative financial services company in Zurich. With a background in collaboration systems and knowledge management, he works on many open source and internet based projects, coaches startups and runs hackathons. He is one of the founders of the association, part of the Open Knowledge network, and serves on the technical committee for Swiss Open Government Data.

Open Knowledge is a worldwide non-profit network of people passionate about openness, using advocacy, technology and training to unlock information and enable people to work with it to create and share knowledge. Also known as OKFN, the organization has recently marked its ten years anniversary.

Josep Lluis Larriba Pey, DAMA-UPC, Spain

DAMA-UPC Director. DAMA-UPC, the DAta MAnagement group at Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya (UPC) is part of the Computer Architecture Department (DAC). The work of our group focuses on the research and technology transfer in topics related to the management and retrieval of large data volumes, information quality and data exploration.


Colin Lachance, Canadian Legal Information Institute (CanLII), Canada

Mr. Colin Lachance is the President and Chief Executive Officer of CanLII, Canada’s premiere legal information website. A lawyer since 1998, Colin applies his background in senior legal, policy, business and government relations roles in the telecommunications industry to contribute to CanLII’s objectives to provide free access to law and to ensure the development of an open and interconnected Canadian legal information ecosystem. The CanLII website offers professional-grade research tools with which anyone can explore an up-to-date and extensive primary law collection.  It is the only nationally comprehensive online legal  resource accessible to the public and is the most used and most preferred resource among Canadian legal professionals. Since 2012, CanLII has begun a move to expand its resources beyond primary law by introducing full-text legal resources, an open API and, in spring of 2014, a collaborative case commentary platform called CanLII Connects. In 2014, Colin was recognized as a “changemaker” in Canadian Lawyer Magazine’s annual “Top 25 Most Influential” issue and as a “Legal Rebel” by the American Bar Association Journal in its annual issue of the same name.

CanLII Connects

John Sheridan, National Archives, UK

Mr. John Sheridan is Head of Legislation Services at the National Archives, UK.

National Archives

Peter Piepers, Van Doorne n.v., Netherlands

Peter Piepers is responsible for knowledge management, innovation, library services and learning and education at Van Doorne, one of the leading law firms in the Netherlands. Peter studied law at Erasmus University Rotterdam. Before joining Van Doorne he worked as lecturer in Computers and Law at Erasmus University Rotterdam and as director of postgraduate legal education at Leyden University.

Peter is also chairman of the Foundation Platform Open Comments (Stichting Platform Open Commentaren). The foundation aims to publish and link comments on legislation and judicial decisions in open access. Linking legal data makes clear how the data is interconnected. Combined it offers a level playing field for legal information.

Van Doorne n.v.