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.
Presentation and invited talks have been delivered at a number of University and Institutions, including: Harvard Law School, Case Western Reserve - School of Law, Fukuoka University, Jindal Global Law School, University of Vienna, University of Alicante, European University Institute (Florence), University of Rome "La Sapienza", University of Milan "Bicocca".
Albeit full time committed to academic work, she is qualified for the Italian National Bar (2013) and she worked as legal consultant for start-ups in the fields of cloud computing, biotechnology, and social media. In 2016, she was appointed national expert for the evaluation of H2020 projects by the European Commission.
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)
- 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)
LS1026 - Case Studies on Law in Society
LS2026 - EU Institutions and 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)