Sebastian Schwemer

Fellow 2023/2025

▌▌▌Associate Professor and Head of the Centre for Information and Innovation Law at the University of Copenhagen.

Sebastian Schwemer is an Associate Professor and the Head of the Centre for Information and Innovation Law (CIIR) at the University of Copenhagen. He also serves as an Adjunct Associate Professor at the University of Oslo’s Norwegian Research Center for Computers and Law (NRCCL).

His primary research interest lies at the crossroads of regulation and technology. Sebastian’s work delves into the intricate relationship between technology, society, and the legal framework. His research areas encompass a wide spectrum of topics, including internet information, intermediaries, decentralized systems, and automation, featuring buzzwords like algorithms, artificial intelligence, machine learning, and natural language processing (NLP). He maintains a keen focus on digital copyright, platform regulation, content moderation, algorithmic governance, and enforcement. Sebastian is particularly fascinated by the application of computer science in the legal domain.

Sebastian actively engages in strategic educational initiatives related to technology, such as Teknosofikum, KU2023 Digitalisation of the Core Curriculum, and the University of Oslo’s Centre on Experiential Legal Learning (CELL). He also contributes to projects centered around legal innovation, including the Legal Innovation Lab Oslo (LILO).

In recognition of his contributions, Sebastian was honored with the prestigious Tietgen Prize in 2018. In 2020, he provided advisory expertise to the European Commission regarding the revision of the e-Commerce Directive, which culminated in the Digital Service Act. Beyond academia, Sebastian plays an active role in the technology ecosystem and is among the founders of the #CPHFTW Foundation and Techfestival Copenhagen.

Sebastian is a frequent speaker at prominent conferences such as RightsCon, EPIP, and GigaNet. His insights and expertise have garnered attention from national and international media outlets, including WIRED UK, The Verge, MIT Technology Review, Techcrunch, Politico, DR, Politiken, Tagesspiegel, Deutschlandfunk, ORF, Neue Zürcher Zeitung, and many others. His work continues to shape the discourse at the intersection of law and technology, making him a prominent figure in this rapidly evolving field.

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