Taylor Woodcock LL.M.

PhD researcher

  • Department:
  • Research strand: Regulation in the public interest: Disruptive technologies in peace and security
  • Main fields of interest: New Technologies and Artificial Intelligence


Taylor commenced her position as PhD researcher in public international law at the Asser Institute, UvA, in September 2020. Taylor's research examines the implications of the development and use of military applications of artificial intelligence (AI) for the international legal obligations applicable in armed conflict under international humanitarian law and international human rights law. Taking an interdisciplinary doctrinal legal perspective that draws on legal theory and philosophy of technology, she explores the human dimensions of this legal framework and whether new data-driven technologies problematise the exercise of human agency and respect for international law. These questions are investigated with a view to assessing the feasibility of enabling the fulfilment of legal duties through the design of AI technologies and the processes through which they are embedded into the military domain. This PhD project is part of the research project Designing International Law and Ethics into Military Artificial Intelligence (DILEMA), funded by NWO–MVI Programme on Responsible Innovation (2020–2024).

Taylor graduated cum laude from the Leiden University LL.M. specialising in Public International Law (2019). She also has a double degree in Law and International Studies (International Relations Major) as part of her undergraduate studies at Deakin University in Melbourne, Australia. Following her studies, Taylor completed a year-long internship at the Asser Institute in the research strand ‘Human Dignity and Human Security in International and European Law’. Her key areas of research in this position included international human rights law, international humanitarian law and international criminal law. She was also a pro-bono research assistant at the strategic human rights litigation practice, Human Rights in Practice. 

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