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Justice as an institution safeguards fundamental standards and protects the conditions for exercising fundamental freedoms in society. The judiciary is directly bound by the rule of law. This means that the legitimacy of automated decision system (ADS)-based applications such as predictive tools, online dispute resolution, and facial recognition depend on how effectively their users operationalize and uphold public values. It is the role of the judiciary to hold economic and political powers accountable and to reinforce public values in the allocation of goods and benefits in society. This makes the justice sector particularly suitable for studying the relationships between professional autonomy, institutional independence, and economic power, and to shed light on the institutional or organizational safeguards, procedural rights, and skills needed to exercise authority over ADS. As the relational aspects of adjudication and judicial authority inform citizen’s perceptions of fairness, impartiality, and justice, the justice sector is also interesting for understanding the impact of ADS on democratic legitimacy. The key challenge for this sector is to define and realize public values surrounding the rule of law in the algorithmic society.

Vacancies

PhD Position: How Automation is Changing Asylum Decision-making and Contestation in the Netherlands and EU 

Tilburg University

We are looking for a PhD for a research project on how automation is changing asylum decision-making and contestation in the Netherlands and EU.

Postdoctoral Researcher: Algorithmic Decision-making in Healthcare: Making and Contesting the Rules

Tilburg University

We are looking for a Postdoctoral Researcher for a research project on algorithmic decision-making in healthcare: making and contesting the rules.

Postdoctoral Researcher: Ecology of Programmable Infrastructures in the Context of the Administration of Justice 

Delft University of Technology

We are looking for a Postdoctoral Researcher for a research project studying the ecology of programmable infrastructures in the context of the administration of justice.

PhD Position: How Data-driven Technologies Lead to Value Change in the Justice Domain

Tilburg University

We are looking for a PhD for a research project on how data-driven technologies lead to value change in the justice domain.

PhD Position: The Rise of Technocourts and Governing the Appification of Justice

University of Amsterdam

We are looking for a PhD for a research project on the rise of technocourts and governing the appification of justice. 

PhD Position: Explaining and Contesting Automated Legal Decisions

Utrecht University

We are looking for a PhD for a research project on explaining and contesting automated legal decisions.

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