Advisory board

Advisory Board
Foto: Ida Marie Jensen, AU Foto

The Centre has an advisory board which, apart from offering advice, acts as a sounding board. Right now, the members of the board are:

  • Tanja Jørgensen, Deputy Head of CREDI, Department of law, Aarhus BSS, Aarhus University
  • Tomas Ilsøe Andersen, Managing Partner of Kammeradvokaten, the Legal Advisor to the Danish Government
  • Cecilia Magnusson Sjöberg, Professor, The Swedish Law and Informatics Research Institute (IRI), Stockholm University
  • Dag Wiese Schartum, Professor, Norwegian Research Center for Computers and Law (NRCCL), University of Oslo
  • Christian Lützen, Director of Nævnenes Hus
  • Mads Nygaard Madsen, Chairman of Danske IT-Advokater (the Association of Danish IT Attorneys)
  • Jan B Lillelund, CTO, Executive Architect, IBM Danmark
  • Lars Frelle-Petersen, Deputy Director General, Confederation of Danish Industry
  • Ingeborg Gade, Director, Ankestyrelsen (Danish Complaints Board)
  • Thomas Hildebrandt, Professor, Department of Computer Science, University of Copenhagen (DIKU)
  • Rikke Hougaard Zeeberg, Director, The Danish Agency for Digitisation
  • Jimmy Kevin Pedersen, Vice Chairman of Udvalget for IT i den Offentlige Sektor, DANSK IT
  • Charlotte Bagger Tranberg, PhD in data protection law, Bech-Bruun
  • Niels Chr. Ellegaard, Attorney-at-Law, Partner, Plesner

Norwegian Research Center for Computers and Law (NRCCL)

Legal informatics is an academic discipline which researches legal problems arising from the use of information and communications technology (ICT). The discipline also deals with legal problems associated with the use of ICT in legal contexts, for example when the income tax return is processed by computer programmes, and not by human hands.

The research of NRCCL touches on themes like protection of personal data, information security, e-commerce, and media law and it is characterised by its interdisciplinarity and its close link with the research of the Section for eGovernment Studies (SeGov).

The research of NRCCL and SeGov is often interdisciplinary and is organised  under five areas:

  • E-government
  • Data protection and information security
  • Electronic commerce
  • Media law and internet governance
  • Legal technology

The areas researched by the centre are among the fastest growing legal disciplines in the academic world and in practical life. Through projects and other types of cooperation with Norwegian public administration and the ICT sector, NRCCL takes an active part in the development of many areas.

Interdisciplinarity has always been an important part of the research strategy of NRCCL, and NRCCL considers it to be an important research task to promote, from the standpoint of jurisprudence, an understanding of the relation between society and development of information technology.

The Swedish Law and Informatics Research Institute (IRI)

The Swedish Law and Informatics Research Institute (IRI) explores the interaction of law and information technology. The topic is a meeting place for traditional legal studies, information science and information technology. Through this subject, the legal system acquires new working tools for the handling of source material, legal proceedings become automated and legal activities take on a new guise. Law and information technology focuses on both methodological issues and regulative issues.

The activities started in 1968 and law and information technology/informatics ('Rättsinformatik') is presently one of Stockholm University’s profile fields of science. Apart from research, IRI is engaged in educational activities and has been the administrator of an international Master’s programme in Law and Information Technology for more than ten years.    

Department of Computer Science (DIKU), University of Copenhagen

DIKU is Denmark's first Department of Computer Science and was established in 1970 at the University of Copenhagen. The department conducts research and offers a number of study programmes at Bachelor's, Master's and PhD level as well as individual courses and summer courses.

At DIKU, research is conducted at international level, with close contact to Danish and international research institutions and companies. The research is conducted in six research sections established in the early summer of 2018 after a research reorganisation of three former sections. The new sections are:

DANSK IT

The association DANSK IT (Danish IT) was established in 1958 under its former name Databehandlingsforeningen. This means that it is one of the oldest member associations of IT professionals in the world. The association, which has more than 7,000 members, is concerned with conferences, networking, politics, enhancement of skills levels, certification, communication, member services and IT.

Today the association is a professional body which offers a wide range of courses aimed at the enhancement of digital skills, and it is a natural participant in the debate on information technology.

The association, its board, expert councils and committees are consulted in connection with new legislation and frequently act as experts. Further, the association hosts courses, conferences, after-work meetings and a wide range of professional networks, and it serves as certifying body for a number of internationally recognised IT programmes for IT professionals and IT users.

DI Digital (Confederation of Danish Industries)

DI Digital is a new section of the Confederation of Danish Industries concerned with digitisation politics. It will be in charge of the cross-sectoral efforts of DI in this area and will develop company-targeted initiatives across all sectors. It is the ambition of DI that Denmark should serve as a digital role model, because digitalisation is a vital competitive factor. The digitalisation efforts rest on four principles: analyses, political recommendations, company-targeted recommendations and activities targeted at members. The new deputy director general, Lars Frelle-Petersen, has had a long career in the public sector and has been engaged in the digitalisation agenda during his entire working life. So it is an extremely competent leader who will now have the task of making Danish companies the front runners of digitalisation.

IBM Denmark

A large part of IBM's activities consists in development of areas and technologies that enable digitalisation: IT infrastructure, data collection, data organisation and data analysis, use of artificial intelligence, safe mobile apps, cloud and blockchain, just to mention a few examples. Representation of these competences is of pivotal importance to the work of CREDI, and Jan B. Lillelund, the CTO of IBM, has the technological and strategic insight into this area.

The Association of Danish Law Firms (Danske Advokater)

The Association of Danish Law Firms (Danske Advokater) was established in January 2008. It organises Danish law firms which represent more than three thirds of the lawyers and junior associates working in law firms.

The association and its members cooperate to develop and strengthen the individual law firms and the legal profession in general, for the benefit of the profession and society. In this context, it is decisive that both large, medium-sized and small law firms have joined the association. It enhances the legitimacy of the association and helps it to achieve optimal results.

 

With members from almost all special-purpose associations, the association represents a wide range of professional spearheads and has a strong voice in legal debate, in the debate on protection of legal rights and in public debate. Combined with voluntary membership, this enables the association to speak out with great strength for the Danish legal profession.

The association represents and promotes the interests of the profession in relation to our partners, such as courts, politicians, central administration as well as other professional associations and trade organisations. Finally, the association offers law firms, including its junior associates and secretaries, a wide range of supplementary training courses, tools, etc.

Danish Agency for Digitisation

The Agency for Digitisation is an agency under the Ministry of Finance with more than 200 employees. The agency aims to digitalise the Danish public sector, for example through the implementation of the proposal of the Danish Government for digitalisation-ready legislation to support a better digital service to citizens and businesses.

Under the auspices of the agency, a standing committee on a clear legal framework for digital administration has been appointed. The committee will devise solutions to cross-sectoral legal challenges arising from increased digital administration and use of data.

The agency has identified an increasing need for competences and knowledge about legal problems associated with digitalisation of the public sector, such as the development and use of digital solutions and data. Against this background, the agency, as a member of the CREDI Advisory Board, takes part in CREDI’s work on legal aspects of digitalisation. In this context, the agency can point out current and socially relevant research themes and take part in discussions about development of educational programmes to ensure that qualifications of the candidates match present and future needs of digital administration.

The Danish National Social Appeals Board (Ankestyrelsen)

The Danish National Social Appeals Board (Ankestyrelsen) is an appeals board under the Ministry for Economic Affairs and the Interior. It settles complaints as an independent appeals authority, coordinates practice and undertakes studies of the development in the field of social service and employment.

In 2016, the agency settled 49,000 cases, including approximately:

  • 26,000 complaints from the municipalities
  • 12,000 cases on work-related injuries
  • 3,000 cases relating to families
  • 2,300 cases relating to complaints about decisions of Udbetaling Danmark (authority responsible for the collection, disbursement and control of a number of state benefits)

The Danish National Social Appeals Board is very interested in the legal aspects of digitalisation and will be able to suggest relevant research themes relating to the fields of social service and employment.

As employers of candidates from the legal programmes, the Danish National Social Appeals Board will also take part in discussions about development of our educational programmes to ensure that the qualifications of candidates match the needs of present and future digital administration. Finally, the Danish National Social Appeals Board will often be able to provide relevant and current topics relating to digitalisation for theses and research.

Nævnenes Hus

Nævnenes Hus is a state agency under the Danish Ministry of Industry, Business and Financial Affairs which provides secretarial service to a number of independent quasi-judicial agencies, such as the Danish Energy Appeals Authority,  the Danish Commerce and Companies Appeals Board, the Danish Consumer Complaints Board, the Danish Complaints Board for Public Procurement,  the Danish Competition Appeals Board, the Danish Environmental Board of Appeal, and the Danish Audit Appeals Board, just to mention some.

Nævnenes Hus will cooperate with CREDI on legal aspects of digitalisation and propose relevant research topics in areas that form part of Nævnenes Hus and in areas that concern the possibilities of digitalising the complaints procedure.

As employers of candidates from the legal programmes, Nævnenes Hus will also take part in discussions about development of our educational programmes to ensure that the qualifications of candidates match the needs of present and future digital administration. Finally, Nævnenes Hus will often be able to provide relevant and current topics to students writing a thesis that relates to digitalisation.    

Kammeradvokaten/Poul Schmith

Kammeradvokaten/Poul Schmith, preferred legal advisor to the Danish Government, conducts and settles approximately 1,700 court and arbitration cases each year in Denmark and abroad and is among the leading Danish litigation firms. As legal advisor, Kammeradvokaten offers considerable assistance to public and private clients in practically all legal areas. Cases are often extensive in scope, have heavy financial implications, are technically and legally complex, and have the attention of the public.

Kammeradvokaten/Poul Schmith takes part in specific research projects related to digitalisation and has a strong digital agenda which involves both automated products, self-service solutions, handling of Big Data in connection with discovery in lawsuits/M & A, etc., and development of apps, web applications and stand-alone systems, for example for tender procedures. Finally, Kammeradvokaten/Poul Schmith engages in projects relating to the use of artificial intelligence to identify how far this technology can be extended within specific legal disciplines.

The cooperation of Kammeradvokaten/Poul Schmith with CREDI will focus on the legal aspects of digitalisation and will include proposals for relevant research themes.

As employers of candidates from the legal programmes, Kammeradvokaten/Poul Schmith will also take part in discussions about development of our educational programmes to ensure that the qualifications of candidates match the needs of present and future digital administration.

Kammeradvokaten/Poul Schmith will often be able to provide relevant and current topics relating to digitalisation for theses and research.

Charlotte Bagger Tranberg, Bech-Bruun

Charlotte Bagger Tranberg is a managing associate of the Bech-Bruun law firm, working on the law relating to personal data and new technology.

In 2006, she was awarded a PhD degree in personal data law from Aalborg University, where she is a part-time lecturer in personal data law. She has considerable teaching experience in courses on IT law, intellectual property law and EU law. For many years, she was also an advisor at Aarhus University on all aspects of personal data law.

Charlotte was formerly a member of the board of Dansk Forum for IT-ret and still participates in the work of the forum. Charlotte has in-depth knowledge of the practical implementation of compliance projects, including drafting and implementing Binding Corporate Rules (BCR) and risk assessments, and she is one of the leading forces behind the Privacy Management Tool, PACTIUS Privacy.

Charlotte specialises in all areas of data protection law, including the processing of personal data in complex systems or in applying new technologies, such as Big Data, biometrics and artificial intelligence, ensuring that data protection law interacts with IT law.