Nathalie Smuha

Nathalie Smuha is Onderzoekster ethische en juridische implicaties van Artificiële Intelligentie aan de KULeuven, FWO mandataris, Observatrice in de Europese deskundigengroep rond AI.

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Academic profile

Nathalie Smuha holds a Master of Laws with specialisation in International and European law, as well as a Bachelor of Philosophy from the KU Leuven. She also pursued an LL.M. at the University of Chicago Law School, after which she qualified at the New York Bar. After completing her studies, Nathalie worked as an associate in​ an international law firm in Brussels, advising companies on EU competition law, EU procedural law and EU regulation more generally. 

Since her return to the Law Faculty in 2017, when she joined the Department of International and European Law as an assistant lecturer, Nathalie has been focusing on the (EU) regulation of Artificial Intelligence (AI) and other new technologies. Her research deals particularly with the impact of AI and technology on fundamental rights, and the broader legal and ethical issues raised thereby. In 2018, Nathalie obtained an FWO Fellowship to conduct her research on AI’s impact on the right to privacy through an integrated ethical-legal approach. She is also a member of Leuven.AI, the Leuven Centre for Artificial Intelligence.

Currently, Nathalie is working at the European Commission (DG Connect), where she is assisting with ethical and legal matters relating to AI and coordinates the work of the EC High-Level Expert Group on AI, which is drafting AI Ethics Guidelines for Europe.

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