Thursday 17 June 2021

REWI-Graz Day of IN(ter)DI(sciplinary) Research 2021

I will participate at INDI 2021 Conference in Graz 18 June, 2021.

My paper is: The climate and ecological emergency in the era of state of exceptions

We live in an era of overlapping states of exceptions: the climate and ecological emergency, the permanent crisis of global capitalism, the migration crisis, the COVID-19 pandemic. Relying on the Hungarian political system, this paper investigates how and why exceptional measures restructure our life. Against the background of the current Hungarian authoritarian populist regime, municipal experiences, and other contemporary tendencies, three main forms of states of exceptions are investigated: (1) the exceptionality of the migration crisis of 2015; (2) the climate emergencies declared by local governments, which are rather political declarations and not legally accepted versions of exceptional measures; (3) the overlapping forms of COVID-19-related emergencies. It can be argued that the main outcome of the exceptional measures is the rise of a new executive power and it is demonstrated how heavily authoritarian regimes rely on the state of exception. Amplifying the authoritarian tendencies and the abusive application of the exceptional legal order, the COVID-19 crisis basically proved that it is worth considering institutionalizing the climate and ecological emergency as a tool in the struggle of resolving the planetary crisis of our time.

The Conference program and other informations are available form here:

18 June 2021

09:00 - 09:15



Christoph Bezemek, Dean of the Faculty of Law

Peter Riedler, Vice-Rector for Financial Affairs, Resources and Location Development

09:15 - 10:45

Climate Change

Chair: Eva Schulev-Steindl


Attila Antal (ELTE): The climate and ecological emergency in the era of state of exceptions

Mark L. Wilde (University of Reading): Causation and climate change litigation: a ‘bridge too far’?

10:45 - 11:15

Coffee Break 
11:15 - 12:45

AI and Autonomous Driving

Chair: Iris Eisenberger


Derya Mentes (Hamburg Institute for Social Research): Overcoming binaries: A proposal to think about human cohabitation with AI

Javier Valls Prieto (University of Granada): How to pass from HLEG ethical principles to legal principles
12:45 - 13:45Lunch 
13:45 - 15:00

Digitalization and Cybersecurity

Chair: Bilyana Petkova


Kim Barker, Enrique Uribe-Jongbloed & Tobias Scholz (Open University, Universidad Externádo de Colombia, University of Siegen): Digitalisation difficulties: Imposing borders on digital content?

Elena Buoso (University of Padova): Digitising public administration in Italy: chances and challenges

15:00 - 15:30Coffee Break 
15:30 - 17:30

Climate Change

Chair: Oliver Ruppel


Irene Antonopoulos (Royal Holloway): Aligning human rights language with climate change language to promote climate change resilience

Maria Bekiari (LMU): Interdisciplinarity in environmental law: Yes or No?

Larissa-Jane Houston (UniGraz/Stellenbosch University): Climate Change and Sustainable Development: There is no one without the other in Legislative Reform

Sanita van Wyk (Stellenbosch University): Climate change and the role of interdisciplinarity within the functional method of comparative law


AI and Autonomous Driving

Chair: Elisabeth Staudegger


Li Yibo (Utrecht University): Legal and economic analysis of the externality of autonomous cars

Susana Aires de Sousa (University of Coimbra): Autonomous cars, serious harms and corporate criminal liability

Nynke Vellinga (University of Groeningen): Hacking the highway: a legal framework on cybersecurity of automated vehicles

Hristina Veljanova (University of Graz): How to design trustworthy automated vehicles? Bridging the gap between SSH and technology design

Digitalization and Cybersecurity

Chair: Tina Ehrke-Rabel


Cody Busia (KU Leuven): Keep on keeping on: Electronic identification as a vehicle for continued government service delivery in crisis situations

Elisa de Belvis (University of Padova): Digital data and privacy among partners: a critical approach to a technological family law issue

Neringa Gaubienė (Vilnius University): Problems of digital assets in court enforcement processes

Luana Martin-Russo (European University Viadrina): Transparency made useful: A computational analysis of parliamentary procedure

Réka Pusztahely and Ibolda Stefán (University of Miskolc): Household social robots – special issues relating to data protection

Julia J.A. Shaw (De Montfort University): Investigating the disruptive impact of transformational technologies: ‘law, what is it good for?’

Tina Ehrke-Rabel, Robin Renwick and Nora Schreier (University of Graz and Trilateral Research): The digital avatar on a blockchain: E-Identity, anonymity and human dignity

Peter Pichler (University of Graz): Digitalization as a historical key process in the Styria heavy metal scene, c. 2000 to the present.