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 teaches on the Erasmus+ Jean Monnet module "Clinic on EU Digital Rights, Law, and 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.
Memberships and Affiliations
- Internal Memberships
Member of the Centre for Commercial Law
Aberdeen 2040 Interdisciplinary Lead
Deputy PGR Officer
Member of the Interdisciplinary Human-centred AI Network
Aberdeen University Press project working group
- External Memberships
Co-Editor in Chief of the Journal for Strategic Contracting and Negotiation (JSCAN)
Deputy SGSAH Law Catalyst
Co-founder and member of the Scottish Law and Innovation Network (SCOTLIN)
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
I am currently accepting PhDs in Law.
Please get in touch if you would like to discuss your research ideas further.
- Creative Arts and Design
- Digital Media
Our research specialisms are based on the Higher Education Classification of Subjects (HECoS) which is HESA open data, published under the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International licence.
- The regulation of AI (in particular, XAI, and algorithmic discrimination)
- Legal implications of deceptive design practices online (so-called dark patterns)
Funding and Grants
- Canon foundation fellowship (2023)
- 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)
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Teaching IT Law through the lens of legal designDesign in Legal Education. Taylor and Francis, pp. 97-109, 13 pagesChapters in Books, Reports and Conference Proceedings: Chapters
- [ONLINE] DOI: https://doi.org/10.4324/9780429021411-9
- [ONLINE] View publication in Scopus
What if data protection embraced foresight and speculative design?Chapters in Books, Reports and Conference Proceedings: Conference Proceedings
Recommender systemsGlossary of Platform Law and Policy Terms. Belli, L., Zingales, N., Curzi, Y. (eds.). IGF, pp. 257-261, 5 pagesChapters in Books, Reports and Conference Proceedings: Chapters (Peer-Reviewed)
Automated decision-makingGlossary of Platform Law and Policy Terms. Belli, L., Zingales, N., Curzi, Y. (eds.). 1 edition. IGF, pp. 51-57, 7 pagesChapters in Books, Reports and Conference Proceedings: Chapters (Peer-Reviewed)
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
- [ONLINE] https://ec.europa.eu/info/law/better-regulation/have-your-say/initiatives/12527-Artificial-intelligence-ethical-and-legal-requirements/F2665397_en
- [ONLINE] https://ec.europa.eu/info/law/better-regulation/have-your-say/initiatives/12527-Artificial-intelligence-ethical-and-legal-requirements_en
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)
- [ONLINE] DOI: https://doi.org/10.4324/9781003156277-19
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
Il riconoscimento facciale tra rischi di “mitridatizzazione sociale” e prospettive di regolamentazioneI Diritti Fondamentali nell'Era della Digital Mass Surveillance. Rios Vega, L., Scaffardi, L., Spigno, I. (eds.). Editoriale Scientifica Italiana, pp. 187-205, 19 pagesChapters in Books, Reports and Conference Proceedings: Chapters (Peer-Reviewed)