Oleg Vasilchenko M.A.

Oleg Vasilchenko

Chair of Cultural and Social Anthropology (Lehrstuhl für Kultur- und Sozialanthropologie, Schwerpunkt: LawTech in globalen Rechtskulturen)
LawTech Ethnographies

Glückstrasse 10
91054 Erlangen

Short bio

My research orbits around the pioneering use of artificial intelligence in legal proceedings in Malaysia, a path I ventured into following my Master’s exploration of law’s digitization in Singapore. In Sabah and Sarawak, AI’s role in sentencing marks a revolutionary step toward judicial innovation. My work critically examines the tensions this technology brews, juxtaposing transparency concerns with aspirations for judicial equality. By navigating the complexities of AI implementation, from algorithmic transparency to its reception by the legal community, I aim to unravel the nuanced dynamics between technological progress and legal tradition. As a participant in the International Max Planck Research School, my ethnographic study also extends to mobile courts and their societal impact, particularly on the unregistered inhabitants and indigenous populations of Borneo. I interrogate the broader ramifications of digital justice, scrutinizing both its potential in democratizing access to legal aid and its unintended consequences on societal inequities. My research endeavors to provide a comprehensive anthropological insight into the digital legal landscape, informing both national and international discourses on law, technology, and society.

My teaching portfolio mirrors my research interests, emphasizing the intersections of technology, law, and society. Courses like „Transcending Boundaries“ and „The Digital and the Human“ encourage students to critically examine the impact of digital innovations on cultural and social dynamics. In „Studying-up: Ethnographic Research of Powerful Elites“ and seminars on ethnographic writing, students are guided in the delicate task of examining power structures and the digitization of the legal system, fostering a nuanced understanding of the anthropological critique in the context of a technologically evolving world.

Curriculum Vitae

since 10/2023 Doctoral researcher at the International Max Planck Research School ‘Global Multiplicity: A Social Anthropology for the Now’, thematic groupLegal Complexity and Justice“
since 10/2022 PhD student in the research group „LawTech Ethnographies“, Chair of Cultural and Social Anthropology (LawTech in Global Legal Cultures), Friedrich-Alexander-University Erlangen-Nürnberg
10/2021 – 10/2023 Program Coordinator, Elite Master’s Programme „Standards of Decision-Making Across Cultures“ (SDAC), Friedrich-Alexander-University Erlangen-Nürnberg
2019 – 2022 Master of Arts, Elite Master’s Programme „Standards of Decision-Making Across Cultures“ (SDAC), Friedrich-Alexander-University Erlangen-Nürnberg
2015 – 2019 Bachelor of Arts, International Business Studies, Friedrich-Alexander-University Erlangen-Nürnberg
2011 – 2015 Baccalaureate via the second educational pathway (part-time) at Fränkische Akademie e.V. Private Evening Grammar School Nuremberg