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Lucia M. Sommerer, Ph.D., LL.M. (Yale)

Assistant Professor for Criminology and Criminal Law

Lucia M. Sommerer, Ph.D., LL.M. (Yale)

Lucia M. Sommerer, Ph.D., LL.M. (Yale)

Lucia M. Sommerer, Ph.D., LL.M. (Yale)

Short Profile

Lucia Sommerer is a binational (German-American) assistant professor with focus on the intersection of criminal law, criminology, emerging technology and white-collar crime. She has studied law at Munich, Göttingen, Oxford and Yale University.

Organized White-Collar Crime

She is currently working on a book on organized white-collar crime in connection with offshore financial centres and cryptocurrencies.

Together with computer scientists of the Fraunhofer Institute she is, further, developing an Anti-Money Laundering AI (MaLeFiz project   ).

Predictive Policing

Her PhD thesis explored the use of algorithms to calculate crime risks ("predictive policing"   ). She was awarded the Körber Prize (1st place)    and the Scholarship Award of the German Foundation for Law and  Informatics as well as the Young Scholar Award of the German Criminological Society. An English translation    was published in 2022. She was shortlisted for the Surveillance Studies Prize  2021.

A particular focus of her dissertation rested on a critical examination of the new technological developments under the lens of an impending "self-imposed algorithmic thoughtlessness" of the criminal justice system (conceptualization based on Hannah Arendt).

International Experience

During  her studies in Munich and Oxford, she focused inter alia on the legal regulation of climate engineering technologies (such as carbon capture  and storage). Her past roles include Editor of the Yale Journal of Law  & Technology as well as intern at the Sino-German Institute for Legal Studies (Nanjing, China) and the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research. She is co-founder of the young scholars conferences "Junges Digitales Recht 2021"   and "Junges Nachhaltigkeitsrecht"   . In 2023 she was a member of Halle University’s Climate Change Council. She is an affiliated fellow at  Yale Law School’s Information Society Project   (USA).

Artistic Research

Since 2021 she is a member of the interdisciplinary "KollektivimFenster", which develops theater projects between art and science. Together with Dr. Daria Bayer, she hosts the Beyond-Law-Salon series in Berlin, during which topics of law and art are discussed, explored, and performed. She has advised the Staatstheater Mainz on the production of the Wirecard-play "Villa Alfons"   .