PhD in Law, Science and Technology

Academic Year 2017-2018
Subject area Legal, Politological, Economic and Statistical Sciences
Coordinator Prof. Monica Palmirani. Sterting from 01/11/2017 Giovanni Sartor.
Language English
Duration 3 years
Positions and scholarships 7 positions with scholarship
Application deadline May 29, 2017 at 01:00 PM (Expired)
Final ranking list Final ranking list available on Studenti Online
Enrollment period From Sep 05, 2017 to Sep 15, 2017
Doctoral programme start date Nov 01, 2017
Erasmus Mundus Programme
Main Department
Department of Legal Studies - DSG
Associated Departments
Department of Legal Studies - DSG
Associated locations
Università di Torino
International partner institutions
Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona
Université du Luxembourg
Mykolas Romeris University
University of Barcelona
University of Pittsburgh
Hannover Medical School
University of Renmin
NICTA, Australia
Istituto di teoria e tecnica dell’Informazione giuridica – ITTIG
Instituto de Investigacion en Inteligencia Artificial – IIIA
Mobility abroad
Yes (12 Months)
Curricula and Research topics
  • Human Rights and Ethical Principles in new and emerging technologies Doctor-patient relationships: confidentiality, informed consent, research and experimentation Human Assisted Reproductive Technologies
  • End-of-life Decision Making
  • Legal and ethical issues Ethics and law in Genetics: genetic testing, screening, gene therapy and personalized medicine
  • Biotechnology and patent law
  • Stem cells and gene patents Biobanks
  • DNA and research
  • e-health and Privacy by Design Private-public interactions in health care provision
  • Ethical, Legal and Social Issues in genetic counselling
  • Semantic Web and Legal ontologies modelling
  • Information Retrieval and Database techniques in the Legal Domain Legal document modelling and representation including Open Data, XML, and standardization
  • Computer Forensics Information Systems for eJustice, eGovernment, and eLegislation Computational models of legal and ethical reasoning including educational applications Intelligent Information extraction and NLP of legal resources
  • e-Discovery and data mining in Legal domain
  • Formal Models of Norms and Legal Reasoning Logic-based models of norms and legal knowledge Legal reasoning, including argumentation and reasoning about evidence Argumentation and Argumentation systems
  • Game theory as applied to the law
  • Normative Multi-Agent Systems and e-Institutions Regulatory Compliance
  • Robot and Intelligent System ethics
  • Privacy and Security with New Technology Cybercrime and Computer Forensics
  • e-Business and Consumer Law
  • e-Governance and e-Democracy social modelling
  • IPR and New Technology
  • On-line Dispute Resolution Cloud computing modelling and regulation
  • A Comparative Perspective on ICT
  • Law Constitutional crowd sourcing Management of Geopolitical Social Crises
  • Regulation of Robotics and Related Ethical
  • Issues Contracts and ICT Protection of children online
  • Technology regulation: fundamental issue
  • Computer forensics and security
  • Privacy and e-Health information systems
  • Legal XML for legal document and knowledge modelling
  • Blockchain for legal domain
  • e-Democracy: theoretical and technical models
  • Food traceability: legal and technical analysis

Job opportunities and potential areas of employment
The Doctorate offers an innovative and up-to-date integrated programme that empowers candidates to carry out cutting-edge research in different subjects such as bioethics, law and computer science for topics that require a genuine interdisciplinary approach. It includes a period of internship in the third year, where the candidate can apply his/her studies and complement his/her research with a professional experience. Upon completion of the programme, graduates will become highly skilled researchers and professionals, matching the requirements of public and private sectors. They could be employed, e.g., in:
- law firms working on IPR, privacy, e-commerce, and patenting
- high tech software houses where Artificial Intelligence is applied
- specialised research centres such as medical genetic centres, nanotechnology centres and robotic laboratories
- government offices which manage innovative ICT and eGovernment, eJustice and eParliament projects
- ethic committees which analyse scientific innovations and produce policy documents.
Admission Board

Guido Boella Università di Torino Dip. Informatica Docente di II fascia
Mindaugas Kiskis Mykolas Romeris University e-Business Center Docente di II fascia
Monica Palmirani University of Bologna Dip. Scienze Giuridiche Docente di II fascia
Antoni Roig Universidad autónoma de Barcelona  Professore di Università straniera
Leon van der Torre (renounces) University of Luxembourg Docente di I fascia
Pascal Bouvry (substitutes Prof. Leon van der Torre) University of Luxembourg Docente di I fascia
Pompeu Casanovas Universidad autónoma de Barcelona  Professore di Università straniera
Ugo Pagallo Università di Torino Dip. Scienze Giuridiche  Docente di I fascia
Giovanni Sartor Università di Bologna Dip. Scienze Giuridiche Docente di I fascia
Limba Tadas  Mykolas Romeris University Professore di Università straniera
Learning outcomes
The objective of the doctorate in “Law, Science and Technology” (LAST-JD) is to create an interdisciplinary integrated programme in order to face the new challenges that the information society and the newly emerging technologies will increasingly pose in the future in the legal domain and the socio-ethical field.
Upon completion of the doctorate programme, participants will be able to become: legal professionals in specific ICT domains; expert in privacy for biobanks; IPR experts on software, databases, robotic, genetic innovations, patenting nanotechnology; government officials able to manage eGovernment, eJustice, eParliament projects; researchers in specialised laboratories such as medical genetic or nanotechnology centres, robotic laboratories, and high tech software houses AI; members of ethic committees able to analyse ICT and produce policy; computer forensics and security experts who can advise on privacy and big data topics; legal knowledge engineers.
Activities to be carried out by Doctoral candidates
First Year The first year is dedicated to providing methodological instruments for undertaking the research work, to harmonize the education backgrounds of the doctoral candidates from different disciplines. The first year is organized as follows:
- a methodological course on the doctorate instruments for research in order to provide the necessary instruments for undertaking autonomous and robust research (4 ECTS) – Bologna
- overview of the main topics and specific courses for each type of background degree in order to address gaps in knowledge (8 ECTS) – Bologna
- introductory courses on the main topics in order to provide the necessary background (12 ECTS) – Torino
- equivalent of 36 ECTS research or preparation of thesis.
In the second year the candidate must research their thesis topic in deep:
- Specific advanced courses (12 ECTS)
- Specific advanced courses (12 ECTS)
- The equivalent of 32 ECTS on research or preparation of thesis
- Personal Career Development Plan (equivalent of 4 ECTS).
In the third year the candidate chooses the best destination for an internship period relevant to the thesis domain.
Research (papers) and internship oriented towards the thesis. In this period the candidate must get at least two research articles on the thesis field published in international journals (the equivalent of 24 ECTS).
Personal Career Development Plan (equivalent of 6 ECTS).
Thesis: equivalent of 30 ECTS.
Research training activities compliant with the Doctoral programme's learning outcomes
Bologna University 20 hours of lectures for a methodological course on doctoral research instruments. 40 hours of lectures providing an overview of the main topics, or specific courses for each type of degree background in order to fill gaps in students’ knowledge not provided by previous education.
Torino University 20 hours of lectures 20 hours of a high-level methodological workshop
Barcelona University 20 hours of lectures - ODR 20 hours of lectures - PET 20 hours of lectures - Ontology 20 hours of lectures - Bio Ethics
Mykolas Romeris University 20 hours of lectures on International Legal Framework for E-Business 20 hours of lectures on Legal Framework and Strategic Aspects of E-Democracy 20 hours of lectures on International Legal Framework of Biomedicine and Biotechnology
University of Luxembourg 20 hours of lectures – Deontic Logic 20 hours of lectures – Legal Argumentation 20 hours of lectures – Regulation of the Internet; a trans-national challenge (offered by the Law Faculty)
CELLS Hannover 60 hours of seminars with experts from industry and public administration related to the specific topic of the student’s research
The third year period is entirely devoted to final elaboration of the text.
Internationalization features
LAST-JD is a International Ph.D programme included in the “Eramsus+ program of excellence. It provides double title in “Law, Science and Technology” in four different EU countries: Italy, Spain, Luxembourg, Lithuania. University of Luxembourg and University of Bologna signed a co-tutelle agreement in order to provide the double title in “Computer Science Ph.D”. This additional title is reserved for the students with a technical background. The LAST-JD consortium is composed by 22 partners: 5 from EU countries (Italy, Spain, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Germany) and 3 Non-EU countries (Australia, China, USA). Four mobility terms are required to ensure that all students follow courses in an integrated way and can benefit form the specific expertise available at partners universities, in particular, providing the opportunity to experience research activity in departments of different kinds (law, computer science, bioethics, genetics) and to familiarize themselves with local languages and the different legal systems of the EU. The consortium is composed by five full partners: University of Bologna, University of Turin, Universidad Autonoma de Barcelona, Luxembourg University, Mikolas Romery University. We have eight associated partners: the Centre for Ethics and Law in the Life Sciences (CELLS) of Hannover, Bioethics and Law Observatory (OBD) of University of Barcelona, ITTG of CNR Florence, Nexa Turin, Instituto de Investigacion en Inteligencia Artificial Barcelona. They provide expertise in specialist topics and offer internships, seminars and co-supervision of candidates. Extra-European associate partners, as NICTA (Data61-Australia), University of Pittsburgh (USA), University of Renmin, Intellectual Property Academy (China) guarantee the connection with the high technologies centre in an international perspective.
Expected research results and products
By end of first semester: Literature and archival map presented to, discussed with, and approved by, the Academic Committee By end of second semester: Review of archival work completed and draft outline of the dissertation approved by the Academic Committee. By end of third semester: analytical table of contents presented to , and approved by, the Academic Committee. By end of fourth semester: completed chapter presented to, and approved by, the Academic Committee. By end of fifth semester: majority of chapters complete and presented in pre-final draft to Committee. By middle of sixth semester: written text entirely completed in pre-final form; then archival checks and polishing of prose, work ready for defence. At the end the doctoral candidate must achieve two papers published in conference proceedings or journal, and to attend at least two international or national conferences.
Doctoral programme Academic Board
Surname Name University/Institution Qualification
ARTOSI ALBERTO Università di Bologna Professore ordinario
BALDONI MATTEO Università di Torino Professore associato
BAROGLIO CRISTINA Università di Torino Professore associato
BOELLA GUIDO Università di Torino Professore associato
BOUVRY PASCAL Université du Luxembourg   Professore di università straniera
CASANOVAS POMPEU Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona Professore di università straniera
CASO ROBERTO Università di Trento Professore associato
COLE MARK Université du Luxembourg   Professore di università straniera
COSTAMAGNA FRANCESCO  Università di Torino Professore associato
DE LECUONA ITZIAR Universitat de Barcelona Professore di università straniera
DI CARO LUIGI Università di Torino Ricercatore
DURANTE MASSIMO Università di Torino Professore associato
FARALLI CARLA Università di Bologna Professore ordinario
GANGEMI ALDO Université Paris 13 Professore di università straniera
KISKIS MINDAUGAS Mykolas Romeris University Professore di università straniera
LIMBA TADAS Mykolas Romeris University Professore di università straniera
NORIEGA PABLO Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Científicas Ricercatore Ente
PAGALLO UGO Università di Torino Professore ordinario
PALMIRANI MONICA Università di Bologna Professore associato
POBLET MARTA Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona Professore di università straniera
ROIG ANTONI Universitat Autonoma de Barcelona Professore di università straniera
ROVERSI CORRADO Università di Bologna Ricercatore
SARTOR GIOVANNI Università di Bologna Professore ordinario
VAN DER TORRE LEON Université du Luxembourg   Professore di università straniera
VITALI FABIO Università di Bologna Professore ordinario
ZICCARDI GIOVANNI Università di Milano Professore associato