He holds a PhD in Law at the Law, Science, Technology and Society (LSTS) Research Centre of the Vrije Universiteit Brussel, where he is Affiliated Researcher and where he was Work Package Leader of the EU H2020 PANELFIT Project, for the development of Legal & Ethical Guidelines on Data Processing in Research. His PhD thesis (successfully defended in August 2020) focused on the notion of data subjects in the GDPR, in particular on the vulnerable data subjects. He also conducts research on automated decision-making, privacy and fundamental rights, surveillance, data ownership, intellectual privacy, consumer law. In the 2019 he is the only European scholar to receive the Future of Privacy Award.
He was lecturer of Data Protection Law and Intellectual Property for undergraduate and professional courses at the University of Pisa and S.Anna School of Advanced Studies. He was also Training Coordinator for the Brussels Privacy Hub from the 2018 to the 2020.
He got an LLM with honours at the University of Pisa (2016) and a JD with honours at S.Anna School of Advanced Studies of Pisa (2017). He was visiting student at the London School of Economics (2013), World Trade Institute of the University of Bern (2014), École Normale Superieure de Paris (2015) and Oxford University (2018). He has authored more than 45 publications including articles in leading international law reviews, the Italian Handbook of Personal Data Protection and the editing of a Special Issue on Computer Law and Security Review. He published in English and Italian, and some works were translated in French and Chinese. His works have been cited by, inter alia, the European Commission and the Council of Europe.
He is scientific project evaluator for the FWF Austrian Science Fund. He is also Programme Committee Member of ACM FAccT Conference, of the CPDP (Computer, Privacy and Data Protection) Conference and co-organiser of the Brussels Privacy Symposium. He is also peer reviewer of Computer Law and Security Review; International Data Privacy Law; Federal Law Review, Big Data and Society; Information, Communication & Society; Journal of the Association for Information Science and Technology; Opinio Juris in Comparatione.
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