Felix-Anselm van Lier

Research Fellow

Max Planck Institute/Alan Turing Institute, Germany

Felix is a public law expert, anthropologist, and policy adviser focusing on constitutional and other national legislative making processes and the role of technology in public decision making. He is a Research Fellow at the Max Planck Institute for Social Anthropology (Law and Anthropology Department) and currently a visiting scholar at the Alan Turing Institute, where he works together with data scientists on the development of machine learning tools to improve digital participatory tools for constitutional and other law making processes.

He completed his doctorate at the University of Oxford in 2018. He holds degrees in law from the universities of Bremen and Turin and a degree in law and anthropology from the London School of Economics and Political Science.

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Technology and public participation in constitution making

Constitutional reform sits prominently on governance agendas across the global north and south. Under pressure from their citizens, states are facing unprecedented legitimacy crises that are threatening longstanding political institutions.

But constitution-making still remains one of the few processes dominated by political elites. Felix-Anselm gives an overview of efforts to deploy technological tools in bottom-up constitution making initiatives.