Visiting Programme

DCU Law and Tech hosts a dynamic group of researchers with multiple disciplinary backgrounds, ranging from law and political science to computing and engineering.

The DCU Law and Tech Research Cluster, in collaboration with EMILDAI, is pleased to announce the launch of two exceptional visiting programmes. For those seeking to engage in a dynamic academic atmosphere, DCU extends a warm invitation for a semester-long opportunity to join a diverse community of interdisciplinary scholars.

Our Visiting Fellow Programmes

EMILDAI Visiting Research Fellow

The EMILDAI Visiting Fellow position offers an exceptional opportunity for researchers specialising in the intersection of law, data, and AI. This programme encourages scholars to join a team of leading experts across disciplines to explore the evolving technological landscape and how it shapes the legal world.

Digital Constitutionalism Network Visiting Fellow

The Digital Constitutionalism Network Visiting Fellow position provides a focused platform for researchers dedicated to advancing knowledge in digital constitutionalism. Gathering scholars from a wide range of jurisdictions and backgrounds, the Digital Constitutionalism Network is continuously delving into the complexities of constitutional law in the digital age.

Why choose our Visiting Programmes at DCU?

Dynamic Research Community

Join an interdisciplinary and diverse research community that thrives on collaboration. Engage with experts from various backgrounds, fostering a rich learning environment.

Leading Disciplines

Both DCU’s Law and Tech Research Cluster and the Digital Constitutionalism Network delve into cutting-edge areas such as digital constitutionalism, platform regulation, legal tech, data governance and Artificial Intelligence.

Opportunity to Contribute

As a visiting fellow, you will have the chance to contribute your expertise to ongoing projects, accessing resources available at Dublin City University, enhancing your academic profile, and leaving a lasting impact.

Application Process

Applications for the EMILDAI Visiting Fellow and the Digital Constitutionalism Network Visiting Fellow at DCU are open on a rolling basis. We offer one position for each programme every semester, providing flexibility for interested individuals to apply at their convenience.

Who can apply?

Applications are open to scholars with all levels of seniority, from PhD researchers to Full Professors.

How to Apply

Applications or informal enquiries for both, the EMILDAI and the Digital Constitutionalism Network Visiting Fellow must be sent to

Join us at the DCU Law and Tech Research Cluster and be part of our innovative team!

Current Visiting Researchers

There are currently no visiting researchers.

Leonardo Romanò

Leonardo Romanò is a PhD candidate in Criminal Law and Criminal Procedure at the University of Luxembourg. His research is focused on potential grounds for negligent criminal liability in the event of damage caused by AI products.

Felipe Alvarez

Felipe Alvarez is an LLM Student in Legal Studies specialising in Human Rights and Social Justice at the University of Bologna. He earned a BS in Law from University of Costa Rica and is currently a Frédéric Bastiat Fellow in political economy at George Mason University. His research interests focus on using data-driven technological and legal insights to investigate social issues and the advancement of human rights. His personal research centers on the state obligation to provide a minimum standard of health services as a prerequisite for the fulfillment of the right to a healthy life.

Haşim Özpolat

Haşim Özpolat is a Ph.D. candidate in constitutional law at the Marmara University and also works at the same university as research assistant. He was a visiting researcher at the DCU Law and Tech Research Cluster in 2024. His resarch focuses on constitutional regulation of cyberworld. The main subject of his research is creation of a constitutional view for the digital world. In this context, it is aimed to discuss how the elements of nation state, democracy and digital globalization can be reconciled and where the current constitutional theory concepts (sovereignty and legitimacy) fit into this new reality. Finally, alternative models for regulating the internet in the world will be discussed and recommendations will be tried to be produced in line with constitutional values.


Edérson Dos Santos Alves


Edérson Dos Santos Alves holds a Doctorate in Law from the University of Salamanca – USAL, with an international mention in the ERCAS program at the Hertie School in Berlin (2022), where he was awarded a scholarship from USAL. He also completed an International Master’s degree in Latin American Studies from the University Sorbonne Nouvelle – Paris 3 and USAL, through the esteemed Erasmus+ program.

Throughout his academic journey, Dr. Alves has embarked on numerous research stays, supported by the Erasmus+ program, at renowned institutions such as University of Roma Tre (2023), Humboldt University of Berlin (2022-23), Rey Juan Carlos III University – URJC (2023), Ludwig Boltzmann Institut für Grund- und Menschenrechte and University of Vienna (2022), University of Lisbon (2021), University of Minho (2020-21), State University of Campinas – Unicamp (2020).

Edérson is a law professor in the postgraduate program at Otavalo University. He is also a lawyer in Brazil and Portugal. Additionally, he serves as the CEO of Ethics EIRELI, a specialized entity committed to field research concerning ethics, regulatory compliance, human rights protection, and multidimensional poverty. He is not only an accomplished researcher and academic, but he also possesses extensive expertise in the field of public administration.

Within the realm of research, Dr. Alves focuses on various captivating areas, including human rights, public administration digital, digital law, behavioral public administration, transparency, anti-corruption, compliance, and the 2030 Agenda.

Anni Carlsson

Anni Carlsson is a doctoral candidate in constitutional law at Uppsala University in Sweden. Her research focuses on constitutional protection of freedom of expression on social media. Anni’s research interests include free speech, social media regulation, comparative constitutional law and republican political philosophy.

Anni holds a Master of Laws degree from Uppsala University. She has previously been a visiting researcher at University of California, Berkeley, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin and Weizenbaum Institute for the Networked Society.

Gary Brady

Gary Brady is an LLM Student in Law and Technology at Utrecht University. His field of study concerns the evolving relationship between the law and technology with a specific focus on how digital advancements impact different societal actors and the growing role of the EU in shaping the regulatory response to technological innovation. His personal research centres on potentially manipulative personalisation practices used in online advertising in the context of consumer law.

 Gary previously graduated from Law & Society in DCU and has experience working in compliance and consulting roles relating to the GDPR.

Valeriana Forlenza

Valeriana Forlenza is a Ph.D. candidate in economic law at the University of Pisa, Italy, and a lawyer in corporate law. In 2023 she was a visiting researcher at the DCU Law and Tech Research Cluster. Her research project focuses, among the other things, on the impact of artificial intelligence on bank governance, which is the topic she investigated during her visiting at the Dublin City University.

Nicolò Di Paco

Nicolò Di Paco is a Ph.D. Student in law at the University of Pisa. His field of study concerns criminal procedural law, focusing in particular on corporate criminal liability and corporate procedural law. His research regards the use of AI technology in the context of corporate criminal compliance.

Nicolò graduated in law at the University of Pisa, and later, he interned at the Criminal Court of Pisa for eighteen months; in the meantime, he has practiced as a trainee lawyer. In October 2021, he passed the bar exam.

Andrés Chomczyk

Andrés Chomczyk is a PhD researcher at the Law, Science, Technology and Society (LSTS) research group of the Vrije Universiteit Brussel (VUB) and a MSCA fellow in the PROTECT ITN. He is visiting Dublin City University as a secondment of the PROTECT project.

His PhD research focuses on how make disclosure and transparency requirements useful within the context of the platform economy. In particular, he is exploring the development of a duty of assistance from data controllers, inspired by financial services regulation, to support data subjects in their data choices. Given this, his visit to DCU seeks to explore the influence of digital constitutionalism in the configuration and implementation of such a duty to safeguard the fundamental rights at stake.

Idoia Landa Reza


Idoia Landa Reza is a contracted research staff from the University of the Basque Country (UPV/EHU) and a Law PhD, and is doing her visiting in the Dublin City University. Her research focuses on data protection in the health field.

The aim of her visit is to analyze the Irish Data Protection Act 2018 (Section 36(2)) (Health Research) Regulations 2018 (SI 314/2018) in order to compare it with the Seventeenth Additional Provision of the Spanish law (294/2018, LOPDGDD) and the articles 110 and 110bis of the Italian regulation (196/2003, Codice della Privacy).

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