Dr Johann Laux

British Academy Postdoctoral Fellow, Oxford Internet Institute


Dr Johann Laux is a British Academy Postdoctoral Fellow at the Oxford Internet Institute. He studies the legal, social, and governmental implications of emerging technologies such as AI and Big Data. His current research project asks how human oversight over automated decision-making can be improved and implemented effectively. Dr Laux also works on the Governance of Emerging Technology Project and researches the impact of personalisation and targeting on citizens and consumers.

Dr Laux graduated from the London School of Economics and Political Science with a degree in Governance and from the University of Hamburg with degrees in Law. He earned a PhD in Law at the University of Hamburg, researching the institutional design of courts with mechanisms of collective intelligence. Dr Laux studied Philosophy at King’s College London and was a Visiting Researcher at UC Berkeley, School of Law. Before joining Oxford, Johann was an Emile Noël Fellow at New York University’s School of Law and a Program Affiliate with the Digital Welfare State and Human Rights Project at New York University’s School of Law.


  • Legal, social, ethical, and governmental implications of emerging technologies including AI and Big Data
  • Artificial intelligence and welfare
  • Digital economy
  • Digital platform regulation
  • European digital single market

Media experience

Dr Johann Laux has worked as a writer and contributor for German quality outlets such as Die ZEIT, Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, and Die Tageszeitung. In the UK, Dr Laux has worked for Monocle magazine and his research has been featured in The Sunday Times, Irish Tech News, BBC Radio Oxford, and CorrelTalk Podcast