Viola Zollitsch is a trainee lawyer and also works as a research assistant. Her professional and academic work is particularly concerned with international legal disputes and the regulation of artificial intelligence.
Having grown up in Brussels, Milan and Munich, Viola began to take an early interest in international matters. During her legal studies at the Albert-Ludwigs-University in Freiburg and the University of Glasgow, she specialized in cross-border aspects of commercial and corporate law and successfully participated in the Philip C. Jessup International Law Moot Court Competition.
After her studies, she worked at the German Federal Ministry of Justice and Consumer Protection where she assisted in supervising the German Presidency of an international consumer protection network and thereby discovered her enthusiasm for the legal challenges of regulating digital content.
She further developed this interest during her bilingual Master of European Legal Studies (LL.M.) at the College of Europe in Bruges, where she focused on the regulatory aspects of the Digital Single Market. Viola also won the Microsoft Award for the best work in the field of information and communication technologies for her Master's thesis on "Explaining the Unexplainable: Does the GDPR Create a 'Right to Explanation' of Decisions Made by Automated Or Artificially Intelligent Algorithmic Systems?".
Viola began her legal clerkship in Berlin, where she completed, amongst others, a placement in the EU law department of the Federal Ministry of Economic Affairs and Energy and her legal traineeship at Greenberg Traurig Germany LLP in the Technology, Media and Telecommunications sector.
Viola speaks English, Italian, French and has basic knowledge of Mandarin.