Dr Rossana Ducato

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


Dr Rossana Ducato
Dr Rossana Ducato

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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 and Affiliations

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)

Research 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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  • Didattica di emergenza o Emergency Remote Teaching: un’analisi empirica in tema di privacy e diritto d’autore dei termini e condizioni dei servizi online più diffusi

    Ducato, R., Priora, G., Angiolini, C., Giannopoulou, A., Jutte, B. J., Noto La Diega, G., Pascault, L., Schneider, G.

    Working Papers and Discussion Papers: Working Papers

  • Private Ordering of Online Platforms in Smart Urban Mobility: The Case of Uber’s Rating System

    Ducato, R.

    Smart Urban Mobility as a Regulatory Challenge. Finck, M., Lamping, M., Moscon, V., Richter, H. (eds.). Springer, pp. 301-323

    Chapters in Books, Reports and Conference Proceedings: Chapters (Peer-Reviewed)

  • Information duties between consumer and data protection in the "Internet of Platforms": Promoting Awareness by Design

    Ducato, R., Strowel, A.

    Droit de la consommation, vol. 122-123, no. 5, pp. 123-149

    Contributions to Journals: Articles

  • De iurisprudentia picturata: brief notes on law and visualisation

    Ducato, R.

    Journal of Open Access to Law, vol. 7, no. 1, pp. 1-10

    Contributions to Journals: Editorials

  • Limitations to Text and Data Mining and Consumer Empowerment: Making the Case for a Right to 'Machine Legibility'

    Ducato, R., Strowel, A.

    The International Review of Intellectual Property and Competition Law, vol. 50, no. 6, pp. 649-684

    Contributions to Journals: Articles

  • Legal Design Patterns: Towards a new Language for Legal Information Design

    Ducato, R.

    Jusletter IT : Die Zeitschrift fuer IT und Recht

    Contributions to Journals: Articles

  • Special issue on visual law

    Ducato, R.

    Journal of Open Access to Law, vol. 7, no. 1, pp. 1

    Contributions to Journals: Articles

  • When Design Met Law: Design Patterns for Information Transparency

    Rossi, A., Ducato, R., Haapio, H., Passera, S.

    Droit de la consommation, vol. 122-123, no. 5, pp. 79-121

    Contributions to Journals: Articles

  • I dati biometrici

    Ducato, R.

    I dati personali nel diritto europeo. Vincenzo Cuffaro Roberto D'Orazio, V. R. (ed.). Giappichelli

    Chapters in Books, Reports and Conference Proceedings: Chapters

  • La nozione di professionista al vaglio della Corte di Giustizia dell’Unione europea. Commento a sentenza CJEU del 4 ottobre 2018 (Case C-105/17)

    Ducato, R.

    Antologia di casi giurisprudenziali. Materiali per lo studio del diritto privato. Teresa, P. (ed.). Giappichelli

    Chapters in Books, Reports and Conference Proceedings: Chapters

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