10:00 am - 17:30 pm



Welcome to the official side-event of SHIFT 2021!


Together with Åbo Akademi University, this SHIFT kick-starter is designed to intensify the discussion on how to connect the automatized decisions to the rule of law.

Our society is increasingly using algorithmic decision-making for its functioning. Therefore one noteworthy precondition for the use of algorithms as the basis of decision-making is the same as with human decision-making at public authorities: it must be possible to connect the decision-making to the rule of law. 



10.00-10.30 Opening of the Conference and Introductions

10.30 – 10.45 “Introducing Legal Algorithms into Public Administration”
Cecilia Magnusson Sjöberg, Professor, University of Stockholm, Sweden

11.00 – 11.15 “Foundations of Good Administration and ADM Systems in the Public Sector of Finland”
Tomi Voutilainen, Professor of Public Law, University of Eastern Finland, and Secretary General of the Information Management Board of the Ministry of Finance, Finland


COFFEE BREAK (30 min.)


12.00 – 12.15 “Minimizing Discretion whilst Ensuring Proportionality – Challenges in Semi-Automated Decision-Making in Public Authorities”
Lena Enqvist, Researcher & Markus Naarttijärvi, Associate Professor, Umeå University, Sweden

12.30 – 12.45 “Procedural and Material Requirements of the Rule of Law in the Context of Automatized Decision-Making”
Markku Suksi, Professor of Public Law, Åbo Akademi University, Finland


LUNCH BREAK (60 min.)


14.00 – 14.15 “Right to Legal Certainty or Right to Human Face in the Automation of Public Decision-Making? Different Ways to Approach the Issue of Trust and Trustworthiness”
Tuomas Pöysti, Chancellor of Justice, Finland

14.30 – 14.45 “The Use of AI by Public Authorities: the Need to Protect Human Rights and the Rule of Law”
Yannick Meneceur, Head of Digital Development Unit, Council of Europe

15.00 – 15.15 “How to Meaningfully Assess the Impact of Automated Systems Used in the Public Sector? An AI Triage Tool”
Matthias Spielkamp, Executive Director, AlgorithmWatch


COFFEE BREAK (30 min.)


16.00 – 16.15 “EU Regulation on Artificial Intelligence: Logic, Rationale and the Main Principles of the Proposed Artificial Intelligence Act” (tbc)
Tatjana Evas, Legal and Policy Officer, Unit A2 – Artificial Intelligence Policy Development and Cooperation, European Commission

16.30 – 16.45 “Legislating AI – a Matter of High-Risk Administration?”
Anna-Sara Lind, Professor of Public Law, Uppsala University, Sweden

17.00 Closing Discussion: Ways Forward