The Scuola Superiore Sant’Anna (SSSA) is a public university institute with special autonomy, holding a unique position within the Italian higher education system. It offers an excellent multi-disciplinary environment for learning and research in applied sciences and social sciences (Economics and Management, Law Sciences, Political Sciences, Agricultural Sciences and Biotechnology, Medical Sciences, and Industrial and Information Engineering), with a strong focus on their European and international dimension and on experimenting innovative paths both in training and research.
The Institute of Law, Politics and Development (DIRPOLIS) is involved in LeADS through the International and Comparative Law Research Laboratory (LIDER-Lab). The LIDER lab established in 2003, has a long tradition of both theoretical and empirical legal research, training and consulting. It covers fields in private law and regulation at national, transnational and international level. National and international research in the fields of fundamental rights protection, personal data protection, contracts, privacy, private law and new technologies. One of the main research line, RIGHTS (Rights, Information, Governance, Health, Technology, Sciences), analyses the phenomenon of classification that emerges from big data and the use of analytics, considering that technologies enable unprecedented exploitation of information, being it small or big data, for any thinkable purpose, but mostly in business and surveillance with the ensuing juridical and ethical anxieties. In addition, ETHOS (EThics & law witH and fOr ReSearch) research line investigates the ethical-legal issues emerging from the transformation of every scientific research into data-intensive research.