Ana Beduschi

Dr Ana Beduschi is an Associate Professor of Law. Prior to that, she was appointed as a Lecturer (2012) and as a Senior Lecturer (2016) at the University of Exeter Law School. She held Visiting Research Fellowships at the Max Planck Institute for Comparative Public Law and International Law (2017) and the Geneva Academy of International Humanitarian Law and Human Rights (2019).

Her research and teaching focus on international human rights law, technology (including Big Data and Artificial Intelligence), digital law, data protection and privacy, and international migration and refugee law. Her recent publications examine the impact of artificial intelligence on human rights protection, the opportunities and challenges presented by digital identity, the implications of Big Data for international migration and human rights law, and to the concept of vulnerability for the protection of migrant children’s rights.

She holds a PhD in Law (2011) from the University of Montpellier 1, France. She also received an LLB degree in Law (in 2003), an LLM degree in International and European Law (Maîtrise in 2004), and an LLM degree in European Human Rights Law (Master 2 in 2005) from the University of Montpellier 1, France. She also holds an LLB degree in Law from the UNESP (University of the State of São Paulo, Brazil) obtained in 2000. She is an Attorney-at-Law in São Paulo, Brazil since 2001.

Research Interests

  • International Human Rights Law
  • Technology (including big data and artificial intelligence) and International Human Rights Law
  • Privacy, Free Speech, and Data Protection in the Digital World
  • International Migration
  • International Refugee Law
  • Regional Human Rights Systems (European Human Rights system, Inter-American Human Rights system)
  • Public International Law

Select Outputs

Beduschi A (2020). International Migration Management in the Age of Artificial Intelligence. Migration Studies

Beduschi A (2020). Human Rights and the Governance of Artificial Intelligence. Geneva Academy of International Humanitarian Law and Human Rights

Beduschi A (2020). Immunity Passports: a Risky Solution. Directions Cyber Digital Europe

Beduschi AC (2019). Digital Identity: Contemporary Challenges for Data Protection, Privacy and Non-Discrimination Rights. Big Data and Society

Beduschi AC (2018). The Big Data of International Migration: Opportunities and Challenges for States under International Human Rights Law. Georgetown Journal of International Law, 49, 981-1017

Beduschi AC (2018). Vulnerability on Trial: Protection of Migrant Children’s Rights in the Jurisprudence of International Human Rights Courts. Boston University International Law Journal, 36(1), 55-85

Beduschi AC (2015). An Empty Shell? the Protection of Social Rights of Third-Country Workers in the EU after the Single Permit Directive. European Journal of Migration and Law, 17, 210-238.  Abstract. DOI.

Beduschi AC (2015). The Contribution of the Inter-American Court of Human Rights to the Protection of Irregular Immigrants’ Rights: Opportunities and Challenges. Refugee Survey Quarterly, 34(4), 45-74.  Abstract.  Full text. DOI

Select Conference Appearances

Beduschi A (2019). Artificial Intelligence: a European Perspective on the Regulation of Data Protection and Privacy. 2nd Symposium on China and Role of Law in Cyberspace. Wuhan University, China. 2nd – 2nd Nov 2019

Beduschi A (2019). Digital Identity: Challenges for Data Protection, Privacy and Non-Discrimination. MyData Conference. Helsinki. 25th Sep – 27th Oct 2019

Beduschi AC (2017). The Big Data of International Migration: Challenges and Obligations for States under International Human Rights Law. ESIL 2017 Conference – ESIL Interest Group on Migration and Refugee Law – Workshop on “The Future of International Migration Law”. Naples, Italy.  Abstract. 

Beduschi A (2017). The Big Data of International Migration: Which Obligations for States under International Human Rights Law. American Society of International Law (ASIL) Midyear Research Forum. St Louis (MO) USA. 27th – 28th Oct 2017

Beduschi AC (2017). Vulnerability on trial: human rights courts approaches to the protection of migrant children’s rights. Refugee Studies Centre, University of Oxford, Annual Conference, Beyond Crisis: Rethinking Refugee Studies. University of Oxford. 16th – 17th Mar 2017 Full text.

Beduschi AC (2014). An Empty Shell? Critical Reflection on the Social Integration of Third-Country Workers in the EU after the Single Permit Directive. Migration and Law Network 2014 Conference. London. 

Beduschi AC (2014). An Empty Shell? Social Integration of Third-Country Workers in the EU after the Single Permit Directive. CARFMS 2014 Conference. University of Montreal, Montreal, Canada. 7th – 9th May 2014

Beduschi AC (2014). Critical exploration of the jurisprudence of the Inter-American Court of Human Rights on the protection of irregular immigrants’ rights. THE 2014 AHRI HUMAN RIGHTS RESEARCH CONFERENCE. University of Copenhagen. 29th – 30th Sep 2014

Beduschi AC (2014). “The Ox and the Unicorn?” Critical exploration of the jurisprudence of the European and Inter-American Systems of Human Rights on the protection of aliens’ rights. the Society of Legal Scholars 2014 Conference. Nottingham. 11th – 12th Sep 2014

Beduschi AC (2013). Social rights of migrant workers in the EU: from fragmented unity to unified fragmentation. 2013 RCIS Conference Immigration and Settlement: Precarious Futures?. Ryerson University, Toronto, Canada. 15th – 17th May 2013

Select Media Appearances

A. Beduschi, “Digital identity for refugees may lead to discrimination“, 2019

A. Beduschi, “Digital identity: Contemporary challenges for data protection, privacy and non-discrimination rights.”, Big Data & Society, 2019; 6(2). DOI.

A. Beduschi, “Technology dominates our lives – that’s why we should teach human rights law to software engineers“, The Conversation, 26 September 2018.

A. Beduschi, “Child refugees in desperate need of legal advice“, The Times, 24 February 2017.

Interview with the French Television Arte on the current migration crisis in Europe, 26 October 2015.

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