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Dr Johann Laux

British Academy Postdoctoral Fellow

Dr Johann Laux

British Academy Postdoctoral Fellow


Johann Laux is a British Academy Postdoctoral Fellow at the Oxford Internet Institute. He studies the legal, social, and governmental implications of emerging technologies such as AI and Big Data. His current research project  asks how human oversight over automated decision-making can be improved and implemented effectively. Johann also works on the Governance of Emerging Technology Project and researches the impact of personalisation and targeting on citizens and consumers.

Johann graduated from the London School of Economics and Political Science with a degree in Governance and from the University of Hamburg with degrees in Law. He earned a PhD in Law at the University of Hamburg, researching the institutional design of courts with mechanisms of collective intelligence. Johann studied Philosophy at King’s College London and was a Visiting Researcher at UC Berkeley, School of Law. Before joining Oxford, Johann was an Emile Noël Fellow at New York University’s School of Law and a Program Affiliate with the Digital Welfare State and Human Rights Project at New York University’s School of Law.

Johann has great experience in public writing and publishing, having previously worked with publications such as Monocle, Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, and Die ZEIT.

Research Interests

Governance of Emerging Technologies | Human Oversight | Automated Decision-Making | Inferential Analytics | Artificial Intelligence | Artificial Intelligence and Welfare Policy | Institutional Design | Collective Intelligence | Digital Economy | Platforms | Personalisation | Law and Economics | Ethics | Democratic Theory | Constitutionalism

Positions at the OII

  • British Academy Postdoctoral Fellow, September 2022 -
  • Postdoctoral Researcher, November 2019 - August 2022


Integrity Statement

I conduct my research in line with the University's academic integrity code of practice.

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