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mr. L.M. (Lucas) Haitsma

PhD Researcher - Human Rights and Artificial Intelligence
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Lucas works for the department of Constitutional Law, Administrative Law & Public Administration as a PhD Researcher. He holds a bachelor's degree in International and European Law, and two master's degrees, both with Cum Laude distinction, in Global Criminal Law and Governance and Law in Digital Society. Throughout his studies, Lucas gained valuable knowledge and experience in the area of the digitalization of the public sector and the legal and organizational questions that arise in this context. Lucas has extensive knowledge on the topics of the digitalization of supervision and enforcement, algorithmic decision-making, and the regulation of digital technologies. Lucas is specialized in the areas of human rights law, international criminal law, international and European law, and administrative law. 

Lucas's research focuses on risks of discrimination that arise through the use of algorithmic decision-making and AI, and the mitigation of these risks, in law enforcement agencies in the Netherlands. In this context, Lucas considers several themes such as current and future legislation, ethics in AI and algorithmic decision-making, operationalization and implementation of legal and ethical principles, as well as risk mitigation strategies adopted by law enforcement agencies seeking to comply with such principles. His research is part of the empirical legal studies program, and as such combines qualitative and legal research methods.

Alongside his research, Lucas teaches the course Administrative Law and Market Regulation. Furthermore, he is a participant in the Justice, fundamentaL rIghts and Artificial intelligence (JuLIA) project. This project aims to provide European judges with training and a handbook in the field of artificial intelligence and fundamental rights. The European Commission funds the JULIA Project.

Other positions

Former Member of the Data Research Center
Former Chairman and Secretary of the PhD Council for the Faculty of Law
Last modified:07 December 2023 1.30 p.m.

Contact information

Oude Boteringestraat 18
9712 GH Groningen
The Netherlands