Rossana is a postdoctoral researcher in Law at Université Catholique de Louvain and Université Saint-Louis de Bruxelles. She is currently working as principal investigator at the project “The Internet of Platforms: an empirical research on private ordering and consumer protection in the sharing economy”. She has been recently awarded with a Jean Monnet grant for creating and leading the Module "European IT Law by Design", a new course at UCLouvain that explores the relationship between law and technology applying a Legal Design Methodology. She is also fellow of the Trento Law and Technology research group (Faculty of Law, University of Trento). In 2014 she was awarded the Ph.D. degree in European and Comparative Legal Studies from the University of Trento and she worked there as postdoctoral researcher in Comparative private law from 2014 to 2017. Over the years, she taught Private Law, Intellectual Property Law, Comparative Legal Systems, eHealth and Data Protection Law at the University of Trento. She was also regularly appointed as lecturer in Private Law and Legal Informatics at the School of Specialization for the Legal Professions at the Universities of Trento and Verona. 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. Her research interests are always pursued in a comparative vein and range from Tort and Contract Law, to Consumer protection, Intellectual Property, and Privacy, 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 online social networks, Big and Open Data, cloud computing, drones, research biobanks and health information technologies. Presentation and invited talks have been delivered at a number of University and Institutions, including: Harvard Law School, Case Western Reserve - School of Law, University of Edinburgh, University of Vienna, University of Alicante, European University Institute (Florence), University of Rome "La Sapienza", University of Milan "Bicocca". Albeit full time committed to academic work, she is qualified for the Italian National Bar (2013) and she worked as legal consultant for start-ups in the fields of cloud computing, biotechnology, and social media. In 2016, she was appointed national expert for the evaluation of H2020 projects by the European Commission.

Postdoctoral researcher UCLouvain and the Université Saint-Louis - Bruxelles
Scientific member of CRIDES
Fellow of the Trento LawTech Research Group ELI member Legal Hackers - Brussels
UCLouvain - JURI
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Research Areas

Legal Design

Comparative Law
Consumer protection
Contract law
Privacy and Data Protection
Database rights
The Internet of Platforms

Sharing economy
Cloud computing
Artificial intelligence



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NEW: Paper on Uber’s rating system

New paper on “Private Ordering of Online Platforms in Smart Urban Mobility. The Case of Uber’s Rating System”. Abstract: Rating and review systems are a self-regulatory mechanism widely used by online platforms, especially in the smart mobility sector. Such systems have already been analysed in empirical studies and legal contributions, in particular in the fields […]


NEW project SHINE

We are happy to announce that the CRIDES has been awarded with a grant by the European Commission (Erasmus+ Jean Monnet Actions) to conduct a research in the field of the sharing economy (SHINE. SHaring Economy and INequalities across Europe). The CRIDES is going to expand its consolidated line of investigation on the sharing economy […]

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New article: Limitations to TDM and Consumer Empowerment. Making the Case for a Right to Machine Legibility

Author: Rossana Ducato and Alain Strowel Download : Citation: R. Ducato, A. Strowel, Limitations to Text and Data Mining and Consumer Empowerment: Making the Case for a Right to “Machine Legibility”, CRIDES Working Paper Series 1/2018, 31 October 2018. Abstract The paper focuses on the current legal barriers to text and data mining (TDM) […]

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The Rise and Fall of Take Eat Easy

Download: Citation: P. Belleflamme and N. Neysen, The Rise and Fall of Take Eat Easy, or Why Markets are not Easy to Take in the Sharing Economy, in Digiworld Economic Journal (Communications & Strategies), no. 108 (4th Quarter, 2017), 59-76. Abstract: We examine the reasons behind the rise and fall of Take Eat Easy, […]

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Take part to our SURVEY on online platforms!

Protection of users in the platform economy: mapping the scenario   We have just launched a survey on the regulation of online platforms in the sharing economy and we would greatly appreciate your support! Please, take part to our survey! You will need just few minutes and you will greatly contribute to our research! The […]

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Behavioural study on transparency in online platforms

The EU Commission has just published the results of the study on transparency in online platforms. The research has confirmed with empirical evidences that transparency is a precious value in today’s online transactions:    “70% said that the information about criteria for presenting search results was important in their decision and made them more confident and […]

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House of Terms: Fixing the Information Paradigm with Legal Design

Author: Rossana Ducato Download: Citation: Ducato, Rossana (2018), House of Terms: Fixing the Information Paradigm with Legal Design. Poster presentation at BILETA Conference 2018 “Digital Futures: places and people, technology and data”, University of Aberdeen, 10-11 April 2018. Abstract How many times have we checked that box without reading the Terms of the Service (ToS)? […]

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Customer Ratings as a Vector for Discrimination in Employment Relations?

Authors: Rossana Ducato, Miriam Kullmann, Marco Rocca Download: Citation: Ducato R., Kullmann M., Rocca M. (2018), Customer Ratings as a Vector for Discrimination in Employment Relations? Pathways and Pitfalls for Legal Remedies (January 31, 2018). Proceedings of the Marco Biagi Conference 2018. Available at SSRN: Abstract The use of customer ratings to evaluate worker […]

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ECJ, Case C-434/15, Asociación Profesional Elite Taxi: preliminary notes

Transport or information society service? That is the question   This post offers a preliminary analysis of the decision of the European Court of Justice (ECJ) in the case C-434/15 (Asociación Profesional Elite Taxi), which has ruled on the legal qualification of the activity performed by Uber. by Rossana Ducato and Enguerrand Marique   The […]

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Lecture series on “The Law of Digital Platforms”

The CRIDES (UCLouvain) and the Centre Perelman (ULB) organise a lecture series dedicated to “The Law of Digital Platforms” from February 6 to April 17 2018. The seminars will be held in French at ULB (campus Solbosch). The scope of the lecture series is to investigate the most prominent legal issues posed by digital platforms and their […]