Dr Rossana Ducato

Dr Rossana Ducato
Dr Rossana Ducato

Dr Rossana Ducato

Ph.D. in European and Comparative Legal Studies (Trento)




Rossana is Lecturer of IT Law and Regulation at the University of Aberdeen, School of Law. She is also research fellow at the UCLouvain Centre de recherche interdisciplinaire Droit Entreprise et Société (CRIDES), where she is Module leader of the Erasmus+ Jean Monnet course "European IT Law by Design".

Her research interests are always pursued in a comparative vein and range from Privacy and Data Protection to Consumer protection, Intellectual Property Law, Law and Design, and Law and Behavioural Science, with a special focus on the problems related to new technologies and their impact on society.

She is the author of several peer-reviewed articles and chapters in scholarly books about issues related to law and technology with particular attention to the platform economy, Big and Open Data, cloud computing, drones, research biobanks, and health information technologies.

Previously she was a postdoctoral researcher in Law at Université Catholique de Louvain and Université Saint-Louis de Bruxelles (Belgium) and at the University of Trento (Italy). During her doctoral studies she was accepted as visiting researcher at the Max Planck Institute for Comparative and International Private Law, Hamburg (scholarship holder); the Center for Science, Technology, Medicine and Society (CSTMS), UC Berkeley; the Institute for Information Law (IvIR), University of Amsterdam.

External Memberships

Co-Editor in Chief of the Journal for Strategic Contracting and Negotiating (JSCAN)

Fellow of the Centre de recherche interdisciplinaire Droit Entreprise et Société (CRIDES), UCLouvain

Member of the Research Group on Data, Robotics, Artificial Intelligence, Law & Society (DRAILS)

Fellow of the Trento Law and Technology Research Group (LawTech)

Founding member of Associazione Italiana per la Promozione della Scienza Aperta (AISA)

Member of European Law Institute (ELI)


Research Overview

Rossana's research interests include:

    • IT Law
    • privacy and data protection
    • intellectual property law (in particular, copyright and database protection)
    • consumer protection law
    • law and design
    • law and behavioural sciences

Current Research

  • The regulation of AI (in particular, XAI, and algorithmic discrimination)
  • Legal implications of deceptive design practices online (so-called dark patterns)


  • Magdalena Zabrocka: Citizenship and Residence by Investment Schemes in the European Union (second supervisor)

Funding and Grants


Teaching Responsibilities


LS1026 - Case Studies on Law in Society

LS2026 - EU Institutions and Law

LS2533 - Business Law

LS3032 - Commercial and Consumer Contracts

LS/LX452M - Regulation of Biometric Data and Profiling

LS503B/LS553B - International Sale of Goods

LS5811/LS5812 - Law, Business, Security: Petroleum Data Management (course co-ordinator)


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  • Commentary to the Commission’s proposal for the “AI Act” – Response to selected issues

    Cserne, P., Ducato, R., Zivkovic, P., Brown, A., Couzigou, I., Leontidis, G., Oren, N., Sutherland, C., Sweeney, P., Yuksel Ripley, B.
    Non-textual Forms: Web Publications and Websites
  • Artificial intelligence and text and data mining: a copyright carol

    Strowel, A., Ducato, R.
    The Routledge Handbook of EU Copyright Law. Rosati, E. (ed.). 1st edition. Routledge, 18 pages
    Chapters in Books, Reports and Conference Proceedings: Chapters (Peer-Reviewed)
  • Ensuring text and data mining: remaining issues with the EU copyright exceptions and possible ways out

    Ducato, R., Strowel, A.
    European Intellectual Property Review, vol. 43, no. 5, pp. 322-337
    Contributions to Journals: Articles
  • Critical notes on ‘platformised’ education: untangling privacy and data protection in postpandemic universities

    Giannopoulou, A., Ducato, R., Schneider, G., Angiolini, C.
    Non-textual Forms: Web Publications and Websites
  • Jani McCutcheon, Ana Ramalho (Eds), International perspectives on disability exceptions in copyright law and the visual arts: Feeling art.

    Ducato, R.
    EU Law Live
    Contributions to Journals: Reviews of Books, Films and Articles
  • Remote teaching in the post-pandemic university: a study of copyright and data protection terms of online services

    Ducato, R., Jutte, B. J., Priora, G., Angiolini, C., Giannopoulou, A., Pascault, L., Schneider, G.
    Non-textual Forms: Web Publications and Websites
  • Remote Teaching During the Emergency and Beyond: Four Open Privacy and Data Protection Issues of ‘Platformised’ Education

    Angiolini, C., Ducato, R., Giannopoulou, A., Schneider, G.
    Opinio Juris in Comparatione, pp. 45-72
    Contributions to Journals: Articles
  • Data protection, scientific research, and the role of information

    Ducato, R.
    Computer Law and Security Review, vol. 37, 105412
    Contributions to Journals: Articles
  • Scritto nelle stelle: Un’analisi giuridica dei sistemi di rating nella piattaforma Uber alla luce della normativa sulla protezione dei dati personali

    Ducato, R.
    Diritto & questioni pubbliche, vol. 2020, no. Special Issue, pp. 81-105
    Contributions to Journals: Special Issues
  • Emergency Remote Teaching: a study of copyright and data protection policies of popular online services (Part I)

    Ducato, R., Priora, G., Angiolini, C., Giannopoulou, A., Jutte, B. J., Noto La Diega, G., Pascault, L., Schneider, G.
    Non-textual Forms: Web Publications and Websites
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Chapters in Books, Reports and Conference Proceedings

Contributions to Conferences

Contributions to Journals

Non-textual Forms

Working Papers and Discussion Papers