Giovanni De Gregorio

Professor Associado Convidado

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Giovanni De Gregorio is the PLMJ Chair in Law and Technology at Católica Global School of Law and Católica Lisbon School of Law. He is also a member of the Católica Research Centre for the Future of Law. 

His research interest deals with constitutional law, human rights, freedom of expression, privacy and data protection law. Giovanni is the author of the monograph Digital Constitutionalism in Europe. Reframing Rights and Powers in the Algorithmic Society (Cambridge University Press 2022). His research has been published in edited books and international journals, including the International Journal of Constitutional Law, Global Constitutionalism, Common Market Law Review, Computer Law and Security Review, European Journal of Legal Studies, International Journal of Communication. He edited two books with Hans W. Micklitz and others, Constitutional Challenges in the Algorithmic Society (Cambridge University Press 2021); and with Oreste Pollicino, Blockchain and Public Law: Global Challenges in the Era of Decentralisation (Edward Elgar 2021). He is also member of the editorial board of the law reviews MediaLaws, Diritti Comparati and Journal of Law, Market and Innovation. He is a reviewer for the International Journal of Constitutional Law; Computer Law and Security Law Review; European Journal of Comparative Law and Governance; Global Constitutionalism.

Prior to joining Católica, Giovanni was a postdoctoral researcher working with the Programme in Comparative Media Law and Policy (PCMLP) at the Centre for Socio-Legal Studies, University of Oxford. Within the framework of the ERC ConflictNet project, his research focuses on content moderation and artificial intelligence; hate speech and disinformation in conflicts; digital policy in the global south. He completed his PhD in Constitutional Law at the University of Milano-Bicocca. His doctoral study has investigated the rise of European digital constitutionalism as a reaction and strategy against the predominance of digital private normativities. By focusing on the intersection between European constitutionalism and technology with a transatlantic comparative perspective, the research describes the rise of digital private powers defining their standards of protection while competing with the normative order of European constitutional law. Part of this research has been awarded the Leonardo da Vinci Price issued by the Conference of Italian University Rectors for the best publication among Italian young scholars in legal studies in 2020.

Giovanni has also received important academic award including the ICON award 2022 for the best article published in the International Journal of Constitutional Law, the Common Market Law Review Award for the best research article in 2021 and the Euroconsumer award “My Data is Mine” for the best paper in 2021. 

During these years, Giovanni has been Academic Fellow at Bocconi University, Research Associate at the Centre for Socio-Legal Studies (Oxford), non-resident legal research for Columbia Global Freedom of Expression and visiting fellow at the Center for Cyber Law and Policy at the University of Haifa. He is also member of global academic and policy networks such as the Centre for AI and Digital Policy (CAIDP); the Global Internet Governance Academic Network (GigaNet), the Global Digitial Human Rights Network (GDHRNet); the Dynamic Coalition on Platform Responsibilities at the Internet Governance Forum; the IACL Research Group on “Algorithmic State, Society and Market – Constitutional Dimensions”; and the Internet and Jurisdiction Policy Network.