University of Vienna
The University of Vienna is an internationally renowned research university. The University of Vienna’s School of Law was established more than six centuries ago; it is the oldest and largest legal faculty in the German-speaking world. Today it hosts more than 10,000 students and about 600 employees.
The Department of Innovation and Digitalisation in Law, one of the School of Law’s newest departments, was founded in October 2017 to address new legal questions and challenges in the 21st century. The Department deals with legal questions surrounding IT/IP law from a European perspective, with an emphasis on data protection and data security law. The head of the Department is Prof. Dr. Nikolaus Forgó, a full Professor in Intellectual Property and Technology Law, whose objectives, among others, are to stratify, bundle and foster the existing research initiatives on digitalisation and IT at the law school. One important focus is the participation in third-party funded legal research, especially EU-founded projects.
Role within BIOMAP
UNIVIE will be responsible for the Ethics work package (WP8). As WP-leader UNIVIE will provide support on ethical, legal and social issues related to the work of BIOMAP, provide a mapping of ethical and legal implications, and draft preliminary policy recommendations and action plans.