CS Colloquium - Enforcement Bots for Consumers: A New Approach to Enforce Small Claims

Oct 6, 2023

03:30 PM - 04:30 PM

MacLean Hall, 118

2 West Washington Street, Iowa City, IA 52240

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Jakob Merane portrait - submitted


Jakob Merane


Enforcement bots are offering a new and revolutionary way to address the under-enforcement problem of small claims in an efficient way. Enforcement bots are programs that automatically detect violations and enforce claims, thus bringing the enforcement costs and risks close to zero. We have developed a prototype of an enforcement bot to enforce consumer rights under the GDPR regime to measure the degree of compliance across different branches and to demonstrate how such consumer enforcement bots could be implemented.


Jakob is a PhD student at the ETH Zurich Center for Law & Economics. He holds a Bachelor of Law (summa cum laude) and a Master of Law with Specialization in Transnational Law (summa cum laude) from the University of Basel with study visits at Humboldt-​University of Berlin and the University of Zurich. He concluded both his studies and the bar exam with the highest honors. He worked as a tutor in Constitutional Law and Criminal Law and as a student assistant at the faculty of law in Basel. He also holds a Certificate of Advanced Studies in Applied Statistics from ETH Zurich. In 2023, he spent a semester as a Visiting Researcher at Harvard Law School.  

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