Research themes

In the 2014/2015 edition the LAST-JD Doctoral Board would like to stress the attention on the following research topics for the call for applications:


  1. Human Rights and Ethical Principles in new and emerging technologies
  2. Doctor-patient relationships: confidentiality, informed consent, research and experimentation
  3. Public Health Ethics and policymaking
  4. Global Health Justice
  5. Human Assisted Reproductive Technologies
  6. End-of-life Decision Making: legal and ethical issues
  7. Ethics and law in Genetics: genetic testing, screening, gene therapy and personalized medicine
  8. Biotechnology and patent law
  9. Bioethics and Neuroethics
  10. Bioethics of Nanotechnology
  11. Data Science in Health Care
  12. Private-public interactions in health care provision
  13. Ethical, Legal and Social Issues in genetic counselling
  14. Ethical issues in pandemic planning

Legal Informatics and AI&LAW

  1. Semantic Web and Legal ontologies modelling
  2. Information Retrieval and Database techniques in the Legal Domain
  3. Legal document modelling and representation including Open Data, XML, and Standardization
  4. Predictive Algorithms for Legal Big Data Network Analysis
  5. Computer Forensics
  6. Information Systems for eJustice, eGovernment, and eLegislation
  7. Computational models of legal and ethical reasoning including educational applications
  8. Intelligent Information extraction and NLP of legal resources
  9. e-Discovery and data mining in Legal domain
  10. Mediation in Dispute Resolution via argumentation-based negotiation
  11. Formal Models of Norms and Legal Reasoning
  12. Logic-based models of norms and legal knowledge (e.g. for case law)
  13. Legal reasoning and argumentation
  14. Game theory as applied to the law
  15. Network Theory as applied to the law
  16. Complexity Theory as applied to the law
  17. Self-evolving legal e-institutions
  18. Regulatory Compliance
  19. Robot and Intelligent Systems ethics
  20. Data Analysis of Big data in Legal Domain
  21. Alternative Dispute Resolution and On-line Dispute Resolution


  1. E-health and Privacy by Design
  2. Privacy and Security with New Technology (including Biobanks, Genetic data, eHealth, identity management)
  3. Cybercrime and Computer Forensics
  4. Cybersecurity and cyberwarfare
  5. e-Business
  6. e-Governance and e-Democracy
  7. IPR and New Technology
  8. Big data and open data Legal Aspects
  9. A Comparative Perspective on ICT and Law
  10. Crowd sourcing
  11. Management of Geopolitical Social Crises
  12. Regulation of Robotics and Related Ethical Issues
  13. Contracts and ICT
  14. Protection of children online
  15. Technology regulation: fundamental issues

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