IViR hosts a bi-weekly research lunch series called WEsearch. IViR has expanded into various interdisciplinary domains, spanning both legal and non-legal disciplines such as economics, communications science, computer science, philosophy, digital humanities, and the arts. Moreover, IViR is involved in a number of projects, such as AlgoSoc, Trust in the Digital Society, Law and Governance of Quantum Technologies, and the DSA Observatory.

WEsearch offers an informal internal platform for colleagues to share and pitch their research ideas, fostering collaboration and early feedback. These sessions provide an opportunity to gain insights into ongoing projects, or exchange ideas on different research endeavors. WEsearch promises engaging discussions and a supportive environment to learn about the work of others, collaboratively develop ideas, and make connections across projects and disciplines.

The WEsearch series started in October 2023 with the following sessions since:

  • To comply or not to comply? Voluntary compliance and other incentives for censorship in the Ethereum consensus layer by Stefanie Boss, 8 May 2024.
  • Intellectual Property in the Age of the Environmental Crisis: How Trademarks and Copyright Challenge the Human Right to a Healthy Environment by Elena Izyumenko, 24 April 2024.
  • Copyright and Unfair Competition Issues in Corporate Data Acquisition and Utilization in the Context of Generative AI – A Chinese Perspective by Xuan Wang, 10 April 2024.
  • Governance of Access to (Quantum) Computing by Anushka Mittal, 28 March 2024.
  • Legal Dynamics of Export Controls in the Governance of Quantum Technologies Innovation Value Chains by Anh Nguyen, 13 March 2024.
  • The Personal Identity Sphere Across the Recommendation Problem by Isabella de Vivo, 6 March 2024.
  • The Use of Artificial Intelligence in the Decision-Making Process: An Interdisciplinary Approach between Law and Psychology by Erica Vaccaro, 14 February 2024.
  • Trust, Trustworthiness, and the Model of Benevolence by Tomasz Zurek, 31 January 2024.
  • Exceptions and Limitations to Copyright as Users’ Rights by Eleonora Visentin, 17 January 2024.
  • Law and the Political Economy of AI Production by Petros Terzis, 6 December 2023.
  • Why do Complementors Need More Attention? by Charis Papaevangelou, 22 November 2023.
  • A Socio-Technical Analysis of Decentralized Digital Identities by Linda Weigl, 9 November 2023.
  • Using Scenario-Writing to Anticipate Impact in a Diverse Society by Kimon Kieslich, 25 October 2023.
  • Diverse Diversity: How the Conceptualization of Diversity in Recommender Systems Differs per Use Case by Sanne Vrijenhoek, 11 October 2023.