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Transnational Training Event

The (legal) limits of algorithmic governance

Artificial Intelligence and Public Administration

Groningen (Netherlands),
19-20 September, 2024
19-20 September, 2024
Host Partner
University of Groningen
Röling Building
Oude Boteringestraat 18
Groningen (Netherlands)
Programme (215.51 KB)


We aim to bring together trainees from a wide range of EU Member States to introduce them to the legal and technical background and to facilitate a comparative analysis of existing case law from the various Member States. Based on the Handbook developed in advance of the event, we will discuss real and hypothetical cases and provide additional elements to better highlight the challenges and difficulties faced in the application of fundamental rights in cases related with artificial intelligence and automated decision-making in the context of public administration. A problem-oriented approach, will be taken with particular focus on practical sessions based on hypothetical cases.


The event will cover the following main areas of concern:

  1. Explanation of the artificial intelligence life-cycle and what technological issues are involved (tailored to the context of public administration)
  2. Fundamental rights issues in each life-cycle stage, based on examples of situations/cases
  3. Legal, regulatory and ethical frameworks applicable to each stage of the life-cycle of artificial intelligence systems used in public administration
    1. Ethical principles (e.g. transparency, explainability, impact assessments)
    2. Legal framework (international, regional and national), including case law
    3. Soft-law/policy framework 
  4. Issues concerning liability and effective remedy
  5. Guidelines for judges on fundamental rights regarding each stage of the life-cycle of artificial intelligence systems used in public administration


9:00 – 9:40Registration, Coffee & Icebreaker
9:45 – 10:00

Welcome & Presentation of JuLIA Team

Prof. Aurelia Colombi Ciacchi & Prof. Mireia Artigot Golobardes

10:00 – 10:40

Presentations (speakers TBA)

Applications and Benefits of AI in Public Sectos

Risks Related to AI in Public Administration

10:40-11:00Questions & Discussion

Coffee Break



Presentations (speakers TBA)

Lessons Learned fromSyRIandToeslagenaffaire

Administrative activity, automated procedures and artificial intelligence

12:10-12:30Questions & answers
12:30-14:00Lunch Break
14.00 -15:30

Deliberations of Hypotheticals

Division into the different working groups, deliberations, and summarising their conclusions to bring back

15:30-16:00Coffee break
16:00-16:45Plenary: Presentation and some Conclusions from the Deliberations
16:45-17:00Closing remarks
9:00 – 9:25Coffee
9:25 – 9:30Opening Remarks
9:30 – 10:10

Presentations (speakers TBA)

Looking to the Future: Towards Prevention 

Looking to the Future: Towards Governance

10:10 – 10:30Questions & answers
10:30 – 12:05Deliberation of Hypotheticals with coffee
12:10 – 12:40Plenary: Presentation and some conclusions from the deliberations
12:40 – 13:00Conclusion & Final Survey
19-20 September, 2024
University of Groningen
Röling Building
Groningen (Netherlands)