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Governance of Artificial Intelligence


Admission requirements

Only students who are registered for the minor 'Artificial Intelligence and Society' can register for this course.


One of the core characteristics of AI is its ability for autonomous decision-making. Such decisions can relate to different aspects of our lives, including newsfeeds, personalized pricing and targeted advertising. This course focuses on practices within organizations regarding decision-making about the design and use AI and the (legal) frameworks that guide those practices. Part of the course deals with the use of AI within governments and the role the government has in regulating AI, particularly when striking a balance between the protection of public and individual interests on the one hand and stimulating and facilitating innovation and technological progress on the other hand. Another part deals with private governance of AI. Challenges for the governance of AI as well as potential solutions are addressed within this course, including topics like politics and the complexity of information, the use of data for policymaking, algorithmic governance, and distribution of responsibilities among different actors involved in AI governance.

Course objectives

Objectives of the course
Having passed this course, students are able to:

  • Reproduce the essential elements of the regulatory frameworks and instruments of AI governance in the Netherlands and the European Union

  • Understand the challenges associated with governance of AI in the private sector and discuss potential solutions

  • Understand the challenges associated with governance of AI in the public sector and discuss potential solutions


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Mode of instruction


  • Number of (2 hour) lectures: 10

  • Names of lecturers: prof.dr. Anne Meuwese (FdR), prof.dr. Iris Wuisman (FdR), prof.dr. Bram Klievink (FGGA), ), dr. Alex Ingrams (FGGA), dr. Sarah Giest (FGGA)

  • Required preparation by students: t.b.a.

Assessment method

Examination form(s) Papers (four in total)

Submission procedures
There are five deadlines for handing in short papers, testing knowledge of the content of the study materials and insights from the classes of the previous week. Students hand in four papers in total, through Brightspace (TurnItIn). Each paper grade will count for 25% towards the final grade. In case students choose to hand in five papers, the four highest paper grades will count.

Areas to be tested within the exam
The examination syllabus consists of the required reading (literature) for the course, the course information guide and the subjects taught in the lectures, the seminars and all other instructions which are part of the course.

Reading list

Obligatory course materials
The study material and the course information guide for this course will be posted on Brightspace.


Check the website under “course and exam enrollment” for information on how to register for the course.

Contact information

  • Coordinator: Prof.dr. A.(Anne) C.M. Meuwese

  • Work address: Kamerlingh Onnes Building, Steenschuur 25

  • Contact information:

  • Telephone number: +31 (0)71 527 8917

  • Email:


  • Institute: Institute of Public Law

  • Department: Constitutional and Administrative Law

  • Room number secretary: B1.11

  • Opening hours:

  • Telephone number secretary: +31 (0)71 527 8917

  • Email:


In case of (corona)restrictions imposed by the government, this course description is subject to change.