Lucia Sommerer, Ph.D., LL.M., is a German-American legal scholar whose research focuses on the intersection of criminal law, criminology and emerging technology. She is currently a postdoctoral researcher and teaching fellow at the University of Göttingen (Germany), where she teaches criminal law, criminology and sociology of law. She is also an affiliated fellow at Yale Law School’s Information Society Project.
She is an expert on the legal aspects of “predictive policing”, holds a Master of Laws degree (LL.M.) from Yale Law School and a Ph.D. in Law from Göttingen University. Her doctoral thesis won the Law Faculty Dissertation Award.
In her dissertation, she argued for the development of minimum standards for the use of predictive algorithms in criminal justice and produced a critical examination of the new technological developments from a criminological, sociological and legal theory point of view, under the lens of an impending “self-imposed algorithmic thoughtlessness“ of the criminal justice system (conceptualization based on Hannah Arendt).
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 research assistant with Hogan Lovells LLP and the Sino-German Institute for Legal Studies in Nanjing (China).