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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  • Protection of users in the platform economy: a European perspective

    Ducato, R., Marique, E., Wattecamps, C., Strowel, A., Kleczewski, A.

    Working Papers and Discussion Papers: Working Papers

  • Come to the Dark Side, We Have Patterns: Choice Architecture and Design for (Un)informed Consent

    Ducato, R., Marique, E.

    Gikii Conference 2018

    Contributions to Conferences: Abstracts

  • Legal issues in governing genetic biobanks: the Italian framework as a case study for the implications for citizen’s health through public-private initiatives

    Piciocchi, C., Ducato, R., Martinelli, L., Perra, S., Tomasi, M., Zuddas, C., Mascalzoni, D.

    Journal of Community Genetics, vol. 9, pp. 177-190

    Contributions to Journals: Articles

  • Customer ratings as a vector for discrimination in employment relations? Pathways and pitfalls for legal remedies

    Ducato, R., Kullmann, M., Rocca, M.

    Contributions to Conferences: Papers

  • Droni per il Search and Rescue in Aree Valanghive: Profili Privatistici

    Ducato, R.

    Diritto dei droni. Aiello, G. F., Biasiotti, M. A., Palmerini, E. (eds.). Giuffrè

    Chapters in Books, Reports and Conference Proceedings: Chapters

  • House of Terms: Fixing the Information Paradigm with Legal Design

    Ducato, R.

    Contributions to Conferences: Posters

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

    Ducato, R., Strowel, A.

    Working Papers and Discussion Papers: Working Papers

  • Cloud computing for s-Health and the data protection challenge getting ready for the general data protection regulation

    Ducato, R.

    IEEE 2nd International Smart Cities Conference: Improving the Citizens Quality of Life, ISC2 2016 - Proceedings. IEEE Explore.

    Chapters in Books, Reports and Conference Proceedings: Conference Proceedings

  • Database genetici, biobanche e "health information technology"

    Ducato, R.

    Il diritto dell'era digitale. Pascuzzi G., pp. 305-320, 16 pages

    Chapters in Books, Reports and Conference Proceedings: Chapters

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