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Zachary Cooper

Research Fellow

Zachary Cooper is a legal scholar, researcher and lecturer for the Amsterdam Law & Technology Institute of the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam. His current research program focuses on the ways in which Generative AI technologies are able to, sometimes subtly, subvert and confound foundational legal tenets, and how techno-regulatory incoherence is exploited to emancipate emergent tech from the control of the law.

At the Weizenbaum Institute, Zachary will be investigating the ongoing viability of “exclusive rights” as a means of stimulating a creative market in a landscape where AI-assisted works can be generated at a massive scale with minimal human input, and will consider alternative IP rights frameworks that may better serve copyright's foundational objectives.

Zachary has written and taught courses for the Vrije Universiteit Amasterdam in The Law and Ethics of Robots & Artificial Intelligence, Blockchain and Other Disruptive Business-tech Challenges to the Law, Multinationals and the Platform Economy, & Data Analytics and Privacy, and is currently co-editor of the European Journal of Law & Technology with Dr. Silvia De Conca. Zachary's most recent article on techno-regulatory incoherence, co-authored with Prof. Arno R. Lodder, was published in Edward Elgar's Research Handbook on Law & Technology.

Positions at Weizenbaum Institut

Research Fellow

Research Group: Digital Economy, Internet Ecosystem, and Internet Policy

15.04.24 - 15.10.24

Fields of research

AI, IP & the Law

Generative AI, Copyright, Law


Open Researcher and Contributor ID (ORCID): 0000-0003-4944-3163


Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam