24 June 2021

Early Stage Researchers / Doctoral Students (PhD Candidates) in Artificial Intelligence and law

Early Stage Researchers / Doctoral Students (PhD Candidates) 

in Artificial Intelligence and law

 Sant’Anna School of Advanced Studies – Pisa – Italy

LeADS Project (H2020-MSCA-ITN-2020 ETN) GA 956562


The LIDER-Lab (www.lider-lab.it/en) of Sant’Anna School of Advanced Studies (SSSA) is looking to fill 4 research and training positions on Data Science and Law within the EU-funded Legality attentive data scientists (LeADS).

The Early Stage Researchers (ESR), young researchers (see below for job qualifications) can also be enrolled in the Ph.D. National Programme in Artificial Intelligence leading to a doctoral degree.

The positions are funded by the H2020-MSCA-ITN-2020 ETN GA 956562 (LeADS) coordinated by Professor Giovanni Comandé of LIDER-Lab. The LeADS Consortium is composed of 7 prominent European universities and research centres (Université Du Luxembourg, Université Toulouse III, Vrije Universiteit Brussel, Jagiellonian University, The University of Piraeus, Italian National Research Council) along with 6 important industrial partners (Innovation Acts Ltd, Βυτε Computer S.A, Intel Corporation, Tellu, Indra, MMI SpA) and 2 Supervisory Authorities (Italian Data Protection Authority, Italian Competition Authority).

JOB DESCRIPTION: The ESR/doctoral researchers will be working under the supervision of Professor Giovanni Comandé in the framework of the above-described research project. The ESR/doctoral researcher’s main task will be to collaborate to the Research and Training program LeADS as envisaged in the Grant Agreement and to eventually prepare their doctoral thesis in the same framework. The PhD thesis work will be undertaken at SSSA (Pisa, Italy) in the national PhD program on Artificial Intelligence administered by the University of Pisa. As doctoral students, the ESRs will be jointly-supervised under the direction of the LeADS consortium and will spend also secondment(s) at Consortium members.

Each ESR/doctoral researcher will be assigned to one of the main general topics of the ETN LeADS listed below


Project Title: Reciprocal interplay between competition law and privacy in the digital revolution


 Objectives: Data are more and more important resources in the so-called Digital Revolution: the impact on competition law is increasingly relevant and so are the implications of data protection law on competition law. The researcher will address these implications, analysing some relevant topics: the impact of data portability and the requirements in terms of interoperability in the new GDPR compared to the barriers to entry and to market dominance; how customer data can be “assessed” as an index of market dominance for the big information providers (Google, Apple, Facebook, Amazon); and how SMEs can benefit from data protection law and competition law in order to increase their volume in the market.



Project Title: Unchaining data portability potentials in a lawful digital economy


 Objectives: Empirically test the potentials of the right to data portability. The research in the framework of LeADS will relate data portability not only to data protection law, but also to competition law and unfair business practices (e.g., offer or price discrimination between groups of consumers through profiling operations), setting the scene for their regulatory interplay in line with current and forthcoming technologies. In doing so specific attention will be offered to the possible technical solutions to guarantee effective portability. Additionally, the technical, statistical, and privacy implications of the new right will be evaluated, such as the need for standard formats for personal data, and the exception in Article 20.2 of the GDPR, according to which the personal data, upon request by the data subject, should be transmitted from one controller to another “where technically feasible”.



Project Title: Differential privacy and differential explainability in the data sphere: the use case of predictive jurisprudence


Objectives: Human life and economy are exponentially data driven. The switch from residential to cloud based data storage is making increasingly difficult to reap the maximum from data while minimizing the chances of identifying individuals in datasets. Researcher will explore the interplay between differential privacy technologies and the data protection regulatory framework in search of effective mixes.


ESR 14

Project Title: Neuromarketing and mental integrity between market and human rights


Objectives: ESR’s research question is whether and how neuromarketing can affect human rights of individuals, considering in particular recent interpretations of rights contained in the European Convention of Human Rights and in the EU Charter of Fundamental Rights, in particular “mental privacy”, “cognitive freedom”, and “psychological continuity”. Indeed, advanced data analytics provide a very high level of understanding of users’ behaviour, sometimes even beyond the conscious self-understanding of the users themselves exploiting all user’s idiosyncrasies, including user’s vulnerabilities harming the exercise of free decision making

The candidates are, however, welcome to suggest any other topic within the scope of the assigned research thematic for their doctoral thesis.

The ESR/doctoral researcher will benefit from being part of a large transnational and transdisciplinary research group comprising several PhDs and Postdoctoral Researchers working on related topics of AI, Technology and Law. Being part of the project will allow the ESR/ doctoral researcher to enhance his/her knowledge-base and experience; working on the various aspects of the project will not only strengthen his/her academic profile, but also give him/her access to (and the chance to critically engage with) some of the most renowned experts in the field and key industrial players.



We are looking for candidates with demonstrated interest in the Topics of the H2020 LeADS

In particular, the following requirements apply:
- Master of Science (MSc) degree or equivalent. A degree in law is particularly welcome although is not mandatory.
- Fluent written and spoken English.

- Excellent communication and writing skills.

- In order to fulfil the eligibility criteria of the Marie Curie ITN at the date of recruitment, applicants must not have resided or carried out their main activity (work, studies, etc.) in Italy for more than 12 months in the 3 years immediately prior to their recruitment. Compulsory national service and/or short stays such as holidays are not considered. Italian candidates can apply if they have resided in another country for more than 2 years of the last 3 years.

- At the time of recruitment, the candidates cannot have already obtained a doctoral degree and must be in the first 4 years (full-time equivalent) of their research career.

- Full time Contract 36 Month
- Location: Pisa, Italy
- Employee and PhD student status

- Travel opportunities for training and learning
- Yearly gross salary:

Living allowance of € 40.966,56 (including income tax and retirement pension contributions),

Mobility allowance up to € 7.200

Family allowance (depending on family status at date of recruitment) € 3.000


APPLICATION PROCEDURE: Please apply ONLINE and include:

  1. A detailed Curriculum Vitae et studiorum (in English)
  2. A motivation letter (Max 1,000 words in English)
  3. A copy of your official academic degree(s)
  4. Proof of English proficiency (self-assessment)
  5. The names and contacts of two referees
  6. Scan of a valid identification document (e.g., passport)
  7. A non-binding research plan of a maximum of 3500 words which must include (in English): 1. the title of the research; 2. the scientific premises and relevant bibliography; 3. the aim and expected results of the research project; The non-binding research plan need to be aligned to one of the research descriptions for the LEADS project.



Sant’Anna School of Advanced Studies (SSSA) is a public university institute - with special autonomy - working in the field of applied sciences. It is a research university whose mission is that of serving as a benchmark and quality public institution, attracting talents which are nurtured and educated, in order to take care of the world and to responsibly contribute to its cultural growth and sustainability.

The Sant'Anna School ranked in Times Higher Education World University Rankings  as follows:

  • 2nd at the national level on a census of 49 institutions
  • 170th at the international level on a census of 1.527 institutions
  • 4th at world level of best young universities (under 50 years old)

The Laboratorio Interdisciplinare Diritti e Regole (LIDER-Lab) at the Scuola Superiore Sant’Anna (SSSA) has a long tradition of both theoretical and empirical legal research, training and consulting. It presently works especially on data governance through the lens of comparative law methodologies. Built upon a strong combination of academic and professional expertise, LIDER-Lab research activities also take advantage of the unique interdisciplinary milieu characterizing the Scuola Superiore Sant’Anna, which allows interactions that range from engineering to life sciences and economics. In the past 20 years, LIDER-Lab has focused its activities on a selected array of research areas, combined through a distinctive cross-field and policy-oriented approach. This makes LIDER-Lab of utmost interest both for policy and decision makers and for private actors and market players as well.





September 6th, 2021

Become Assistant Editor of an upcoming comparative public law journal

Become Assistant Editor of an upcoming 

comparative public law journal 

The Chair of French Public Law at Saarland University is recruiting an Assistant to the Editor-in-Chief for a comparative public law journal to be published in English. 

Your profile: 

 - You have the English level of a native speaker or equivalent (CECRL : C2 - Cambridge English Scale : 200-230). 

- You are preparing a doctorate in law or have a doctorate in law. 

- You have an excellent knowledge of either the legal system of a European country or European Law, or you have a high competence in comparative public law. Knowledge of the French legal system and fluency in the French language are a plus. 

- Advanced Microsoft Office skills. Digital publishing skills. 

Your tasks as Assistant Editor: 

 1. Ensure the follow-up of the publication program defined by the journal's scientific direction. 

2. Proofread and check accuracy of contributions in English to ensure the highest linguistic and scientific quality (approximately 700 pages per year). 

3. Organize the publication of the journal in its web and paper formats. 

4. In addition to your journal-related activities, you will assist the Chairholder in his or her comparative law research and publications in English. 

You will be supported by one secretary (two half-days per week) and editorial assistants (between six and twelve hours per week).

Conditions of employment : 

- You will have the status of "Wissenschaftlicher Mitarbeiter" (Research associate of research fellow) 

- You will be recruited on a half-time basis but you can apply for a shorter working time. The tasks you will be assigned will be carried out in the order of priority indicated above. 

NB: The status of Wissenschaftlicher Mitarbeiter implies a weekly teaching load of two hours (for a half-time position) which you can carry out remotely. 

For more information and application : 

Prof. Dr. Philippe Cossalter, French Public Law Chair, 

Geb. A 5.4, Campus, 66123 SAARBRÜCKEN, GERMANY. 


29 May 2021

Update on Juris Diversitas Conference

 All Conference Documents are available on the EVENTS page:

- Updated program

- Registration chart

- Abstracts and bios for all papers presented in parallel sessions

- Panels with abstracts and bios.

We look forward to interacting with you at this very unique event with participants distributed among 15 time zones! 

20 May 2021

Juris Diversitas 7th General Conference, June 9-11, 2021, Full Program

The full program of our 7th General Conference on the Dark Side of the Law (June 9-11) is now ready.

Click here to download the program or visit our Events page

Our team is working at the logistics, as the conference will be fully online, via Zoom Webinar. 

Additional documents such as abstracts and biography of presenters will soon be available: stay tuned!

The conference is freely accessible to all members in good standing: if you ave not paid your dues for 2021, click on the Membership tab; questions must be directed to our Treasurer and Secretary (contacts indicated on the Membership page). 

15 April 2021

Islamic Law: A Very Short Introduction


Islamic Law: A Very Short Introduction

Mashood A. Baderin

Covers all the three aspects of Islamic law, namely, Islamic legal theory, Islamic substantive Law, and Islamic procedural law

  • Offers both a historical and evolutional perspective of Islamic law
  • Covers both classical jurisprudence and modern legislation from different jurisdictions on many of the issues covered
  • Written in very clear language with all technical terminology clearly explained
  • Part of the Very Short Introductions series - over ten million copies sold worldwide
  • PUBLICATION DATE: 3 MAY 2021 - ISBN: 9780199665594 - EXTENT: 176 PAGES

War and Peace in Outer Space - Law, Policy, and Ethics

War and Peace in Outer Space

Law, Policy, and Ethics

Edited by Cassandra Steer and Matthew Hersch

Ethics, National Security, and the Rule of Law

  • Examines the growing weaponization of outer space and the potential for a space-based conflict in the very near future
  • Features contributions from a range of experts, including academics, military lawyers, military space operators, aerospace industry representatives, diplomats, and national security and policy advisors from Canada, Europe, and the United States
  • Explores the moral and legal issues of space security and the military uses of outer space

PUBLICATION DATE: 13 January 2021- ISBN: 9780197548684 - EXTENT:  334 PAGES


Redundancy - Law and Practice (4th Edition)



Law and Practice (4th Edition)

John McMullen

  • Provides a comprehensive analysis of redundancy law, including individual redundancy, unfair dismissal, contractual redundancy schemes, discrimination, voluntary severance arrangements, and collective redundancies
  • Authoritative coverage of significant recent case law as well as all relevant legislation and statue law
  • Contains practical, working guidance to redundancy, including helpful tools such as precedents, checklists, I specimen letters, HR1 and RP1 forms, and a redundancy payment calculator
  • Authored by the UK's leading authority on redundancy, with over 30 years' experience in employment law

New to this Edition:

  • Fully revised to accommodate all recent case law, such as USA v Nolan [2014]; USDAW v WW Realisation 1 Limited; and critical cases on unfair dismissal including Halpin v Sandpiper Books Ltd, Fulcrum Pharma (Europe) Ltd v Bonaserra, and Mefful v Merton and Lambeth Citizens Advice Bureau
  • All developments in legislation and statute law, such as the Trade Union and Labour Relations (Consolidation) Act 1992 (Amendment) Order 2013
  • Additional material on sex discrimination and the interplay between redundancy, maternity leave, and alternative employment, as well as on collective redundancies.
  • Now tackles issues such as “survivor syndrome” (how do you retain and motivate those who remain in the organisation?), and methodologies of saving jobs, including layoffs, short time working, and state supported job retention schemes.
PUBLICATION DATE: 25 APRIL 2021 - ISBN: 9780198798484 - EXTENT: 480 PAGES

An Equal Place Lawyers in the Struggle for Los Angeles


An Equal Place

Lawyers in the Struggle for Los Angeles

Scott L. Cummings

  • Investigates the multi-faceted role of law in challenging the conditions of key low-wage industries in Los Angeles from the 1992 civil unrest through the 2008 recession
  • Contests critical accounts of lawyering for social change through in-depth study of leadership and legal mobilization in economic justice campaigns
  • Examines how the labor movement builds union density and political power through development of community alliances and innovative sectoral strategies at the local level
  • Reveals how social movement struggle over city power is shaping the future of work in America
  • PUBLICATION DATE: 27 January 2021 - ISBN: 9780190215927 - EXTENT: 688 PAGES 

Law in the United States: Cases and Commentaries, 3rd Edition


3rd Edition
Charles F. Abernathy, Markus G. Puder
The third edition of Law in the United States introduces students to the unique American mix of common law, statutory materials, and constitutional law. Strongly emphasizing American legal methods and American legal history and culture, the book provides a rich array of teaching resources covering both public and private law.

The broader themes discussed in the eighteen chapters of this casebook include the nature and sources of American law, the division of government power and the protection of human rights under the U.S. Constitution, litigation in a federal framework, and the American enterprise system, with a focus on torts, contracts, corporations and eminent domain.

This book lends itself to being used for various target audiences. Over the years, it has proven a valuable learning resource for foreign-trained attorneys enrolled in American Master of Laws programs. Moreover, the range of subjects discussed in the book will assist students who may wish to sit for a state bar examination in a state with specific requirements for study of American legal methods. The book is also highly suitable for pre-law programs at the college level as well as law school seminars. Also, comparativists with an interest in American law may find this casebook a valuable resource in light of the rich commentaries it offers through expositions and notes.

PUBLICATION DATE: 05/03/2021 - ISBN: 9781647085520 - EXTENT: 890 PAGES