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University of Trento

University of Trento – Faculty of Law

Established in October 2012, the Faculty of Law of Trento is a department incorporating the educational activity of the Faculty of Law (founded in 1984) and the research activities of the Department of Legal Sciences (founded in January 1987).

The Faculty of Law is composed by 67 professors (29 full professors, 28 associate professors, 10 assistant professors) and 6 fixed-term researchers.

The Faculty hosts also the Doctoral Course in Comparative and European Legal Studies (PhD Program) which started in 2003/2004, by joining the previous PhD courses in Criminal Law (existing since 1991/1992), Comparative Private Law (existing since 1992/1993) and Fundamental Rights in Constitutional, Comparative Administrative and EU Law (existing since 1992/1993).

The Trento Law and Technology Research Group



Prof. Roberto Caso

Roberto Caso, co-director of Trento LawTech Group, is Associate Professor of Comparative Private Law at University of Trento, Faculty of Law, where he teaches Civil Law [Diritto civile], Comparative Intellectual Property Law, Comparative Privacy Law, Copyright law and Art, Private Law and ICTs. He is author and editor of publications in the field of Intellectual Property, Privacy, Contract Law and Tort Law. He is President of the Italian Association for the Promotion of Open Science [Asssociazione Italiana per la promozione della Scienza Aperta, AISA]. Associate member of the Centre for Intellectual Property Policy (CIPP) di McGill University, Faculty of Law (Montréal).


Paolo Guarda

Paolo Guarda is Ph.D. in Comparative and European Legal Studies and works as Assistant Professor of Comparative Private Law at the Faculty of Law – University of Trento Ph.D. He teaches, among other courses, “Comparative ICT Law”, “ICT Law – Privacy and Security” and “Comparative Legal Systems”; he is the author of several articles about issues related to Digital Age Law (Privacy, Data Protection, Intellectual Property Rights, etc.).


Dr. Giulia Dore

Dr. Giulia Dore is a post-doc Research Fellow at the University of Trento, Faculty of Law, where she teaches Copyright law and Art. She holds a Ph.D. in Comparative and European Legal Studies (Doctor Europaeus) and has an extensive international experience, particularly in the UK and the USA. Her research interests include the interplay of social and legal norms in the background of intellectual property rights, the legal framework of arts particularly in copyright, the impact of digitization on Galleries Libraries Archives Museums (GLAM) and cultural heritage, and the advance of Open Science. Giulia is a member of Fondation pour le droit de l’art (FDA) and of Institute of Art & Law (IAL).


Dr. Federica Giovanella

Dr. Federica Giovanella is Assistant Professor of Comparative Private Law at the University of Udine and fellow of the LawTech research group at the University of Trento, where she was a Post-doc researcher for many years. Federica holds a degree in Law earned in 2008, as well as a PhD in Comparative and European Legal Studies obtained in 2012. She spent a short period at the Max Planck Institute for Intellectual Property, in Munich (2010) and several months at the Centre for Intellectual Property Policy at McGill University, Montreal (2011). She returned to the Max Planck Institute for Innovation and Competition in 2015 as a scholarship holder. Federica’s research interests focus on technology related topics, such as ISPs’ liability and community networks, as well as on issues regarding copyright enforcement. She is member of the editorial board of AIDA – Annali italiani del diritto d’autore (Italian annual report on copyright), to which she also contributes regularly as author. She is author of the monograph “Copyright and Information Privacy. Conflicting rights in balance” (Edward Elgar Pub., 2017).

The Department of Sociology and Social Research

The Department of Sociology and Social Research develops the heritage of the first Italian faculty devoted to the sociological thinking. It is regularly classified in the top Italian rankings and it is a member of several European and international research networks.

The Department offers to scientists holding different orientation and interests, the opportunity to meet and compare their positions and their empirical researches, sharing the common base of the exercise of the empirical, theoretical-oriented research.

The Department employs both sociologists and scientists of other branches, whose studies contribute to the in-depth analysis of the border contents of the social discipline.


Massimiano Bucchi

Massimiano Bucchi (Ph.D. Social and Political Science, European University Institute, 1997) is Full Professor of Sociology of Science and Communication, Science and Technology at the University of Trento and has been visiting professor in Asia, Europe, North America and Oceania. He is the author of several books (published in more than twenty countries) and papers in journals such as Nature and Science. Among his books in English: Science and the Media (Routledge, 1998); Science in Society (Routledge, 2004); Beyond Technocracy (Springer, 2009); Handbook of Public Communication of Science and Technology (new ed. 2014, with B. Trench, Routledge) and the 4 vols. anthology The Public Communication of Science (Routledge, 2016). From 2016 to 2019 he has been the editor-in-chief of the international peer reviewed journal Public Understanding of Science (Sage) and regularly contributes to newspapers and TV programmes.


Lorenzo Beltrame

Lorenzo Beltrame (PhD in Sociology and Social Research, University of Trento 2007) is Associate professor of  Sociology of Innovation and Sociology of Globalisation at the Department of Sociology and Social Research, University of Trento. Formerly he was Marie Sklodowska Curie Research Fellow at the University of Exeter. His research focuses mainly on the social, institutional and regulatory aspects of the emergent bioeconomies in the field of stem cell research. He has published on Science as Culture, BioSocieties, New Genetics and Society, Developing World Bioethics, Sociology of Health and Illness and Public Understanding of Science. He has been editor of a special issue on emergent forms of biobanking published by Tecnoscienza. The Italian Journal of Science and Technology Studies (with C. Hauskeller).

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