Abteilung für Kriminologie, Jugendstrafrecht und Strafvollzug
Lehrstuhl für Strafrecht und Kriminologie

Lucia M. Sommerer


Big Data and Algorithmic Decision-Making in the Criminal Justice System

Short Profile:

Lucia Sommerer is a young binational (German-American) legal scholar with focus on the intersection of criminal law and emerging technology.

In the academic year 2018/2019 she is completing a Master of Laws degree (LL.M.) at Yale Law School where she is an ERP Scholar of the German National Academic Foundation, a Resident Fellow at Yale's Information Society Project, and an editor of the Yale Journal of Law & Technology.

Further, Ms. Sommerer is currently a doctoral candidate at the chair for Criminal Law and Criminology of Prof. Höffler at the University of Göttingen where she explores the use of predictive algorithms in the criminal justice system of Germany and the U.S.

Ms. Sommerer has studied law at Munich and Oxford University. During her time in Munich she has focused inter alia on the legal regulation of climate engineering technologies such as carbon capture and storage.
Ms. Sommerer has taught sociology of law and criminal law as a teaching fellow at the law faculty of Göttingen University. Her past activities include research assistant with Hogan Lovells LLP and the Sino-German Institute for Legal Studies in Nanjing, China. 

Room 1.105
Goßlerstraße 15a
37073 Göttingen

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On 20.09.2018 Ms. Sommerer participated in the ISP Workshop at Yale Law School's Information Society Project with a presentation on Taming a Delphic Oracle? - Transparency Requirements for Criminal Justice Predictive Algorithms.

On 12. - 13.06.2018 Ms. Sommerer is participating in "10 Years of ‘Profiling the European Citizen’" at Vrije University Brussels with a paper on the Presumption of Innocence in Data Driven Government.

On 20.04.2018 Ms. Sommerer is participating in the Automated Justice Conference at Zurich University.

On 16.10.2017 Ms. Sommerer is participating in the Future of Law Conference at Singapore Management University with a presentation on Predictive Policing.

On 13.03.2017 Ms. Sommerer is participating in the Law and Behavior Symposium of Kyushu University, Japan with a presentation on Predictive Policing.

On 22.02.2017 Ms. Sommerer is praticipating in the 20th European Police Congress in Berlin.

On 06.01.2017 Ms. Sommerer is participating in an interdisciplinary exchange with the Max Planck Institute for Software Systems with a presentation on Predictive Policing at the Intersection of Law and Computer Science.

On 16.12.2016 Ms. Sommerer is participating in the "IEEE Workshop on The Human Use of Machine Learning?" at the European Centre for Living Technology in Venice with a presentation on Predictive Policing.

On 09.12.2016 Ms. Sommerer is partcicipating in the interdisciplinary workshop "Privacy, Data Protection & Surveillance" at the Humboldt Institute for Internet and Society in Berlin with a presentation on Predictive Policing.

On 18. - 19.11.2016 Ms. Sommerer is participating in the Workshops "Fairness, Accountability, and Transparency in Machine Learning?" and " Data and Algorithmic Transparency" at New York University Law School.