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The International Legal Research Group on Human Rights and Technology

An International Legal Research Group is a comparative research project in which students and young lawyers across ELSA’s 44 member countries carry out research on a specified topic in order to make their findings publicly available in a report. ELSA’s International LRGs are professionally typeset and published by Wolf Legal Publishers and peer-reviewed by the Academic Board. The focus of the upcoming ILRG is “Human Rights in the Age of Advanced Digital Technologies”. The purpose of the ILRG is to identify the threats offered to human rights by advancing technologies such as data privacy, discrimination and right to fair trial with the purpose of analysing how such issues are addressed in each jurisdiction. Based on the research, policy recommendations will be drafted, and the report will be sent to major decision-makers with whom ELSA frequently collaborates, such as the Council of Europe and the United Nations.



The ILRG will focus on threats posed to human rights protection by advanced digital technologies and propose solutions. 


The ILRG is part of ELSA’s international campaign on Artificial Intelligence and Human Rights.


The ILRG is supervised by experts in the field and will be professionally typeset and published thus providing an opportunity to be cited by other students and professionals.


National Research Groups

Within the National Research Groups, there are positions for:

i. National Researchers who conduct the research

ii. Technical Editors who edit footnotes, style etc.

iii. Linguistic Editors who proofread the reports and ensure the uniform use of nomenclature.

After the application phase, the National Coordinator selects their team.

National Coordinators and Academic Board

National Coordinators are responsible for the overall coordination of the research in a respective country. The National Coordinator is in charge of communication between the National Research Groups and the International Coordination Team.

The National Research Group will be supervised by the National Academic Board (member) consisting of legal practitioners and/or academics who are experts in the field.

International Coordination Team

The International Coordination Team coordinates the research among the participating countries, facilitates communication with the Academic Board and ensures the uniform and professional outlook of the Final Report.

Academic Board

The Academic Board of the International Legal Research Group develops the Academic Framework of the research and provides substantive feedback to the National Research Groups.