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.
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)
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
- 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
- The Royal Society of Edinburgh research network grant for "SCOTLIN - Scottish Law and Innovation Network" (co-applicant) (2021-2023)
- Erasmus+ Jean Monnet grant for the Network "SHINE - SHaring economy and INequalities across Europe". Partners: University of Valencia, UCLouvain, University of Barcelona, University of Bologna, University of Palermo (2019-2022)
- Erasmus+ Jean Monnet grant for the Module "European IT Law by Design" (2018-2021)
- International Development Research Center (IDRC) grant for the study "Protection of users in the platform economy. A European perspective". Project developed within the research network "Policy frameworks for digital platforms – Moving from openness to inclusion", lead by IT for Change.
- Innoviris grant "ATTRACT brains to Brussels" for the project "The Internet of Platforms: an empirical study on private ordering and consumer protection in the sharing economy" (2017-2020)
- Privacy and Data Protection Law (LS452Q)
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What if data protection embraced foresight and speculative design?Chapters in Books, Reports and Conference Proceedings: Conference Proceedings
Legal Design Perspectives: Theoretical and Practical Insights from the FieldLedizioni. 319 pagesBooks and Reports: Books
Commentary to the Commission’s proposal for the “AI Act” – Response to selected issuesNon-textual Forms: Web Publications and Websites
Artificial intelligence and text and data mining: a copyright carolThe Routledge Handbook of EU Copyright Law. Rosati, E. (ed.). 1st edition. Routledge, 18 pagesChapters in Books, Reports and Conference Proceedings: Chapters (Peer-Reviewed)
Ensuring text and data mining: remaining issues with the EU copyright exceptions and possible ways outEuropean Intellectual Property Review, vol. 43, no. 5, pp. 322-337Contributions to Journals: Articles
Critical notes on ‘platformised’ education: untangling privacy and data protection in postpandemic universitiesNon-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.EU Law LiveContributions to Journals: Reviews of Books, Films and Articles
Spaces for Legal Design in the General Data Protection RegulationLegal Design Perspectives. Rossana, D. (ed.). 1st edition. Ledizioni, pp. 181-209, 29 pagesChapters in Books, Reports and Conference Proceedings: Chapters
Remote teaching in the post-pandemic university: a study of copyright and data protection terms of online servicesNon-textual Forms: Web Publications and Websites
Data protection, scientific research, and the role of informationComputer Law and Security Review, vol. 37, 105412Contributions to Journals: Articles