Karen Yeung is Interdisciplinary Professorial Fellow in Law, Ethics and Informatics at the University of Birmingham, within Birmingham Law School and the School of Computer Science and former Distinguished Visiting Fellow at Melbourne Law School.
Professor Yeung is actively involved in several technology policy and related initiatives in the UK and worldwide, including those concerned with the governance of AI, one of her key research interests.
For example, she is a member of the EU’s High Level Expert Group on Artificial Intelligence (since June 2018), Rapporteur for the Council of Europe’s Expert Committee on human rights dimensions of automated data processing and different forms of artificial intelligence (MSI-AUT) and special adviser to Council of Europe’s European Committee on Crime Problems (CDPC), Working Group of Experts on AI and the Criminal Law (from September 2019).
She occupies a number of strategic and advisory roles, including as ethics advisor for the European Research Council, the Strategic advisory boards of the UKRI’s Trustworthy Autonomous Systems programme, the European Law and Technology Network and the Society for Computers and the Law.
Her recent academic publications include Algorithmic Regulation (co-edited with Martin Lodge) Oxford University Press (2019) and The Oxford Handbook of Law, Regulation and Technology (co-edited with Roger Brownsword and Eloise Scotford) in 2017 and she is the author of the Council of Europe MSI-AUT’s Study on the Implications of Advanced Digital Technologies (including AI systems) for the Concept of Responsibility Within a Human Rights Framework.
She is admitted to practice as a Barrister and Solicitor of the Supreme Court of Victoria (Australia), having completed a brief stint in professional legal practice. Karen is on the editorial boards of Big Data & Society, Public Law, Technology and Regulation. and Frontiers of Blockchain.
She is currently principal investigator of several funded including a 4-year award from VW Stiftung’s to investigate the use of algorithmic decision-making systems in criminal justice (with 4 German collaborators from computer science, neuropsychology, law and political science), and has just completed a 1-year Wellcome Trust project seeking to investigate the legal, ethical, technical and governance challenges associated with utilising blockchain in healthcare contexts.
She sits on the editorial boards of a number of academic journals, including the Modern Law Review, Public Law, and Big Data & Society