I am Associate Professor of Intellectual Property Law and Privacy Law at the University of Stirling, Faculty of Arts and Humanities, where I am Deputy Director of the Law Programmes; Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Lead; and I serve on the General University Ethics Panel. I coordinate the Media Law and Intellectual Property Law courses and carry out research at the Centre for Surveillance, Information, and Privacy. I am an expert in the legal issues of Internet of Things, Artificial Intelligence, cloud computing, robotics, and blockchain. I believe that the law can and should steer the development of new technologies in an anthropocentric direction.
Holder of a PhD (Unipa), a postdoc (QMUL), and an HEA Fellowship, my works have been published on leading international journals such as the European Intellectual Property Review and the European Journal of Law and Technology. Published in English, Italian, Russian, and Korean, I have been cited by the EU Court of Justice’s Advocate General, the House of Lords, the European Commission, and the Council of Europe.
I have a strong bidding record, having been funded by Microsoft, the Society of Legal Scholars, Russia’s Ministry of Education and Science, Italy’s Ministry of Education, and Santander. Having 10 years of academic experience in the UK, Italy, Germany, Switzerland, Russia, and Brazil, I presented my research in prestigious venues including the WTO Public Forum in Geneva and the Computers, Privacy & Data Protection Conference in Brussels.
Outside of the University of Stirling, I am Chair of SCOTLIN (Scottish Law and Innovation Network); Director of ‘Ital-IoT’ Centre of Multidisciplinary Research on the Internet of Things; Visiting Professor at the University of Macerata; Fellow of the Nexa Center for Internet and Society; Research Associate at UCL Centre for Blockchain Technologies, Past Co-Convenor and Fellow of NINSO Northumbria Internet & Society Research Group; as well as Trustee & Executive Committee Member of the Society of Legal Scholars, the oldest and largest society of law academics in the UK and the Republic of Ireland.
Alongside research and teaching, I am a qualified lawyer called to the Bar of Italy in 2013 (non-practising), Co-founder of consultancy firm DPA2018, consultant of the Scottish Government, and LGBTQ+ rights activist.
Most of my publications can be downloaded for free on this website in the sections Research Projects and Publications. Open access to my research is also available on on SSRN, ResearchGate, Academia.edu, and LawArXiv. Many of my presentations can be watched in the Videos section of this website.
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