Karen Yeung is the University of Birmingham’s first Interdisciplinary Chair, taking up the post of Interdisciplinary Professorial Fellow in Law, Ethics and Informatics at the University of Birmingham at the School of Law and the School of Computer Science in January 2018. She is also a Distinguished Visiting Fellow at Melbourne Law School (since 2016).
Karen is actively involved in a number of technology policy and related initiatives in the UK and worldwide. These include membership of the EU’s High Level Expert Group on Artificial Intelligence (since June 2018), member and rapporteur for the Council of Europe’s Expert Committee on human rights dimensions of automated data processing and different forms of artificial intelligence (MSI-AUT), Chair of the Nuffield Council on Bioethics Working Party on Genome Editing and Human Reproduction (2016-2018), Ethics advisor and member of the Expert Advisory Panel on Digital Medicine for the Topol Independent Technology Review for the NHS (since March 2018) and member of the World Economic Forum Global Future Council on Biotechnology (2016-2018).
Her recent publications include The Oxford Handbook of Law, Regulation and Technology (co-edited with Roger Brownsword and Eloise Scotford) in 2017, and she is joint author of the Royal Society-British Academy report, Data management and use: Governance in the 21st Century (2017). She is admitted to practice as a Barrister and Solicitor of the Supreme Court of Victoria (Australia), having completed a brief stint in professional legal practice. Karen is Assistant Editor of Frontiers in Blockchain and sits on the editorial boards of Big Data & Society and Public Law. As an Interdisciplinary Chair, she is keen to foster collaboration between academics from across a range of disciplines, and to initiate dialogue between academics and policy-makers across various disciplines concerned with examining the social, legal, democratic and ethical implications of technological development, and in seeking to promote informed, inclusive and human-centred technology policy-making and implementation.