A few months ago the authors identified, in respective posts that were kindly hosted on this blog, two phenomena observable in recent EU law, namely its ‘act-ification’ and its ‘GDPR mimesis’. The first denoted the tendency of the EU legislator, perhaps affected by its US counterpart, to introduce eponymous ‘Acts’ rather than anonymous, sequentially numbered pieces of legislation. The second aimed to describe the GDPR’s heavy-handed influence on all new pieces of EU law that aim to protect individuals from perceived perils of technology. Before long both trends were vindicated, and are visible, in the Commission’s recent release of a draft Artificial Intelligence (‘AI’) Act. After a discussion of both trends, we introduce a reflection about regulatory brutality and the – apparent – lack of concern from the EU side about legal coherence in domestic law systems.
|Specialist publication||European Law Blog|
|Publication status||Published - 8 Jul 2021|