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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  • Sulla natura giuridica della responsabilità precontrattuale: il νόστος del "contatto sociale"

    Ducato, R.

    Antologia di casi giurisprudenziali. Materiali per lo studio del diritto privato. Teresa Pasquino

    Chapters in Books, Reports and Conference Proceedings: Chapters

  • The Privacy of Minors within Patient-Centered eHealth Systems

    Ducato, R., Izzo, U.


    Chapters in Books, Reports and Conference Proceedings: Conference Proceedings

  • Windsurf v. Kitesurf: una "tragedia del vento comune"?

    Ducato, R.

    Working Papers and Discussion Papers: Working Papers

  • Intellectual Property, Open Science and Research Biobanks

    Roberto, C., Ducato, R.

    Working Papers and Discussion Papers: Working Papers

  • Profili giuridici dei Personal Health Records: l’autogestione dei dati sanitari da parte del paziente tra privacy e tutela della salute

    Paolo, G., Ducato, R.

    Rivista critica del diritto privato, vol. 32, no. 3, pp. 389-419

    Contributions to Journals: Articles

  • The legal fate of biobanks between privacy, IPRs and crisis of a firm. A preliminary study on the case of "bio-bankruptcy"

    Ducato, R., Perra, S., Zuddas, C.

    Revista de derecho y genoma humano = Law and the human genome review / Cátedra de Derecho y Genoma Humano/Fundación BBV-Diputación Foral de Bizkaia

    Contributions to Journals: Articles

  • Is Gattaca already here? An Interdisciplinary Approach to the Forensic Landscape of Biobanks

    Ducato, R., Marchi, I.

    Texts and Articles from the 5th ICIL 2012. Dedicated to the memory of Evi Laskari, Nomiki Bibliothiki. Bottis, Giannakoulopoulos pp. 370-398, 29 pages.

    Chapters in Books, Reports and Conference Proceedings: Conference Proceedings

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