Dr. Tomer Shadmy
Hebrew University of Jerusalem
Human Rights Under Pressure - Ethics, Law and Politics
Post Doctoral Fellow
Dr. Tomer Shadmy scholarship is situated at the intersection of technology, global law and ethics. Shadmy received her Ph.D. from the Tel Aviv University Faculty of Law in 2016. Her dissertation traces changes in the conceptualization of human rights obligations of corporations towards individuals and towards the society in general. Tomer was a post-doctoral fellow at the ICRC – Blavatnik Interdisciplinary Cyber Research Center and at Edmond J. Safra Center for Ethics, Tel Aviv University and a research fellow at the Program on Corporate Governance, Harvard Law School. Additionally Dr. Shadmy was a visiting researcher at Sciences Po, Paris and a fellow at Bar-Ilan University. She was also a doctoral fellow at the “GlobalTrust” research project, and at the Israel Democracy Institute as well as the recipient of the Dan David prize Scholarship and the Buchmann Scholarship for Excellence in Advanced Legal Studies. Before joining the direct doctoral track, Shadmy served as a constitutional lawyer, and as an economic and political journalist.
Dr. Tomer Shadmy most recent research develops new models for the realizations of human rights in Cyberspace and explores the influences of data-driven corporations on human rights. At the center of her research stands the question of how emerging technologies, such as artificial intelligence (AI) systems, challenge, transform, or require a transformation of basic legal concepts and institutions. Among other things, Dr. Shadmy explores current developments in concepts such as “rights”, “responsibility”, and the “rule of law”. She is interested in both sides of the algorithm: How to regulate emerging technologies and how do emerging technologies regulate us? In a series of papers Dr. Shadmy analyzes the impacts of the giant data-driven corporations on social, legal, and political practices, and in particular their impact on the construct of "rights". The first paper, is dedicated to the impact of Facebook’s infrastructure on the notion of rights. The second paper analyzes the relationships between users and data-driven corporations, from an institutional perspective, and offer a new framework to govern these relationships. Another paper is devoted to the question of how to articulate the meaning of “Responsible innovation” in business landscapes, from ethical point of view, and one more research project analyzes corporations’ ethical principles regarding artificial intelligence (AI) systems.