Dr Rossana Ducato

Dr Rossana Ducato
Dr Rossana Ducato
Dr Rossana Ducato

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

Senior Lecturer

Accepting PhDs

Email Address
Telephone Number
+44 (0)1224 272371
School of Law


Rossana is Senior 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). Over the years, she has 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; Waseda University, Tokyo (Canon Foundation in Europe fellowship); CREATe, University of Glasgow.


  • Admitted to the Italian Bar 
    2013 - Trento 

Memberships and Affiliations

Internal Memberships

Member of the Centre for Commercial Law

Aberdeen 2040 Interdisciplinary Lead 

Impact Lead

Deputy PGR Officer

Member of the Interdisciplinary Human-centred AI Network

Aberdeen University Press project working group

Personal Tutor

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)


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

Research Areas

Accepting PhDs

I am currently accepting PhDs in Law.

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Accepting PhDs

Research Specialisms

  • Biotechnology
  • 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.

Current Research

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

Funding and Grants


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Books and Reports

Chapters in Books, Reports and Conference Proceedings

Contributions to Conferences

Contributions to Journals

Non-textual Forms

Working Papers

Other Contributions