RAILS. Who we are

RAILS is the legal response to the increasing digitalization of our modern society. RAILS is committed to the responsible development of intelligent systems. We are working on a legal framework that facilitates technical developments, avoids discrimination, ensures equal treatment and transparency, protects fundamental democratic principles and ensures that all parties involved are adequately participating in the economic results of the digitalization.

Artificial intelligence (AI) and (intelligent) robotics are changing our society. This presents legal, ethical, social and political challenges that are not yet clear at this stage. RAILS wants to address these challenges and actively shape the discussion about the current and future national and international legal framework for AI and robotics by identifying the need for regulatory action and developing concrete recommendations.

The aim is to ensure that intelligent systems are designed in a responsible way, providing a legal framework that facilitates technical developments, avoids discrimination, ensures equal treatment and transparency, protects fundamental democratic principles and ensures that all parties involved are adequately participating in the economic results of the digitalization. We are convinced that this goal can only be achieved on an interdisciplinary basis. The interdisciplinary orientation and interdisciplinary cooperation in the society’s sections is therefore of crucial importance underlining at the same time RAILS’s self-image of not being an obstacle, but rather a pioneer in shaping the future.

RAILS was founded – after a first meeting in Berlin at the beginning of 2017 – in August of the same year with headquarters in Hannover. The founding members are Prof. Dr. Martin Ebers, Prof. Dr. Jan Eichelberger, Prof. Dr. -Ing. Sami Haddadin, Prof. Dr. Christian Heinze, RAin Prof. Dr. Tina Krügel, Prof. Dr. Hans-Peter Schwintowski, Dr. Björn Steinrötter and Prof. Dr. Arthur-Axel Wandtke.

AILS maintains cooperations with several partners, including:

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Executive Board

Team

Board of Trustees

The board of trustees consists of renowned scientists and public figures. The task of the board of trustees is advisory in nature, while at the same time ensuring the quality of RAILS’ projects. Members of the Board of Trustees are:

  • Jan Philipp Albrecht (European parliament)
  • Prof. Dr. Susanne Beck (University of Hannover)
  • Prof. Dr. Nikolaus Forgó (University of Vienna)
  • Prof. Dr. Christian Heinze (University of Hannover)
  • Prof. Dr. Dr. Eric Hilgendorf (University of Würzburg)
  • Prof. Dr. Dr. h.c. Wolfgang Kilian (University of Hannover)
  • Prof. Dr. Giovanni Sartor (European University Institute)
  • Prof. Dr. Mario Martini (University of Speyer)
  • Prof. Dra. Susana Navas Navarro (Univers. Autonoma de Barcelona)
  • Prof. Dr. Joachim Scherer (Partner at Baker McKenzie)
  • Prof. Dr. Hans-Peter Schwintowski (Humboldt University of Berlin)
  • Prof. Dr. Wolfgang Spoerr (Partner at Hengeler Müller)
  • Prof. Dr. Artur-Axel Wandtke (Humboldt University of Berlin)

Advisory Board

The Advisory Board consists of representatives from the practice. The aim is to identify current and future problems in practice and to address them in an interdisciplinary and scholarly manner.

Members of the Advisory Board are:

  • Hengeler Mueller (Contact person: Dr. Albrecht Conrad, Partner)
  • Taylor Wessing (Contact person: Dr. Axel Freiherr von dem Bussche, Partner und Dr. Tobias Schelinski, Partner)
  • Baker McKenzie (Contact person: Dr. Holger Lutz, Partner und Mrs Caroline Heinickel, Counsel)
  • werthing (Contact person: Dr. Benjamin Werthmann, Geschäftsführer)
  • Clifford Chance (Contact person: Dr. Sandra Thiel, Partner)

Interested in becoming a member?

Are you interested in artificial intelligence and robotics and the related legal issues? Then become part of the RAILS network!

 

You want to know what benefits a membership of RAILS brings you? Then you will find all the information here.

  • RAILS offers a platform and a network for permanent contact between experts in the fields of robotics and artificial intelligence.
  • Members have the opportunity to actively participate in the further development of the legal framework for artificial intelligence and robotics.
  • Members have the right to vote on RAILS opinions.
  • Members are invited to all RAILS events. As a member, you do not pay a fee for attending RAILS events.
  • RAILS offers its members training courses at significantly reduced rates.
  • Subscription to the law journal Recht innovativ (Ri) with 30 % discount.
  • The membership fee is fully tax-deductible under German law as a donation for a non-profit association/special expense.

The statutes of the association can be found here.

All information concerning membership fees nd possible reductions can be found in our membership fee regulations.

We have convinced you? Then you will find here the link to the application for membership.

Are there any questions left? Then contact us via the form on our website.

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You have questions about the association or a possible membership?

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Contact us

Robotics & AI Law Society (RAILS) e.V.

info@ai-laws.org

Address

Robotics & AI Law Society (RAILS) e.V.

Gardeschützenweg 68

12203 Berlin

Germany

bank details

IBAN: DE56 8306 5408 0004 0381 18

BIC: GENO DEF1 SLR

Deutsche Skatbank (VR-Bank Altenburger Land eG)