Dr Rossana Ducato
Ph.D. in European and Comparative Legal Studies (Trento)
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.
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)
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)
- Magdalena Zabrocka: Citizenship and Residence by Investment Schemes in the European Union (second supervisor)
Funding and Grants
- The Royal Society of Edinburgh research network grant for "SCOTLIN - Scottish Law and Innovation Network" (co-applicant) (2021-2023)
- 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
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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Diritto all'autodeterminazione informativa del minore e gestione dei dati "supersensibili" nel contesto del Fascicolo Sanitario ElettronicoIl Diritto dell'Informazione e dell'Informatica, vol. 29, no. 4-5, pp. 703-722Contributions to Journals: Articles
Is Gattaca already here? An Interdisciplinary Approach to the Forensic Landscape of BiobanksTexts 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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