Bridging the gap between data science and law

The emergence of data science has raised a wide range of concerns regarding its compatibility with the law, creating the need for experts who combine a deep knowledge of both data science and legal matters. The EU-funded LeADS project will train early-stage researchers to become legality attentive data scientists (LeADS), the new interdisciplinary profession aiming to address the aforementioned need.

These scientists will be experts in both data science and law, able to maintain innovative solutions within the realm of law and help expand the legal frontiers according to innovation needs. The project will create the theoretical framework and the practical implementation template of a common language for co-processing and joint-controlling basic notions for both data scientists and jurists. LeADS will also produce a comparative and interdisciplinary lexicon.


Most of data science developments are based on the analysis by machine learning and other Artificial Intelligence methods of huge amounts of data, including users’ preferences. Researchers must be aware that the analyses of users’ practices, modelling their preferences or their behaviour, require access to personal data, which carries ethical considerations as well as the need for new ways to deal with security threats.


LeADS trains the new generation of Legality Attentive Data Scientists required by the challenges of the data economy and the unfolding of the digital transformation scoping in the fields of computer science, law, economics, statistics, management, engineering, policy studies, and mathematics.