Christian Thönnes

Doctoral Researcher

Main Focus

  • Automated decision-making and fundamental rights
  • Philosophy of mind and artificial intelligence
  • European and national security law
  • Data protection law
  • Whistleblower protection in the public sector

Curriculum Vitae

  • 2021-: Doctoral Researcher in the Department of Public Law of the Max Planck Institute for the Study of Crime, Security and Law
  • 2015-2021: Law Studies at the Humboldt University of Berlin and Université Paris 2 Panthéon-Assas (First State Exam in Law)
  • 2017-2021: Student Assistant (until 04/2020) and Research Assistant (from 04/2020) for The Society for Civil Rights (Gesellschaft für Freiheitsrechte e.V.), Coordination of Project Civil Courage
  • 2017-2021: Scholarship holder of the German Academic Scholarship Foundation (Studienstiftung des deutschen Volkes)


Right to a Human Decision?

Rapid technological advances have incentivized an increasing shift of legal decision-making from humans to ma­chines. Many national and EU legal statutes have responded to this advance in legal automation (eg Article 22 GDPR and § 35a VwVfG-Bund, German Federal Administrative Procedures Act). Despite mandating human inter­ven­tion in automated decision-making… more

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