Research themes

In the 2013/2014 edition the LAST-JD Doctoral Board would like to stress the attention on 10 top research topics for the call for applications:

  1. “Deontic logic for reasoning about machine ethics”
  2. “Temporal Defeasible in Legal Reasoning”
  3. “Legal issues for cloud computing environment: security and trust aspects”
  4. “Robotic, ethical issues and IPR aspects”
  5. “Online security and civil rights: A fair legal balance”
  6. “Cell Stem, IPR and  ethical issues”
  7. “Biobank and open data: privacy issues in the knowledge society”
  8. “eDiscovery and data mining techniques for legal domain”
  9. “Sentiment analysis and gemification techniques for end-user behavior profiling”
  10.  “Legal ontologies for regulatory compliance”

Other wide topics are admitted in the program:


  • Human Rights and Ethical Principles in new and emerging technologies.
  • Doctor-patient relationships: confidentiality, informed consent, research and experimentation
  • Public Health Ethics and policymaking
  • Global Health Justice
  • Human Assisted Reproductive Technologies
  • End-of-life Decision Making: legal and ethical issues
  • Ethics and law in Genetics: genetic testing, screening, gene therapy and personalized medicine
  • Biotechnology and patent law: stem cells and gene patents
  • Biobanks, DNA and research
  • E-health and Privacy by Design
  • Private-public interactions in health care provision
  • Ethical, Legal and Social Issues in genetic counselling

Legal Informatics and AI&LAW

  • Semantic Web and Legal ontologies modelling
  • Information Retrieval and Database techniques in the Legal Domain
  • Legal document modelling and representation including Open Data, XML, and standardization
  • Computer Forensics
  • Information Systems for eJustice, eGovernment, and eLegislation
  • Computational models of legal and ethical reasoning including educational applications
  • Intelligent Information extraction and NLP of legal resources
  • e-Discovery and data mining in Legal domain
  • Formal Models of Norms and Legal Reasoning
  • Logic-based models of norms and legal knowledge (e.g. for case law)
  • Legal reasoning, including argumentation and reasoning about evidence
  • Argumentation and Argumentation systems
  • Game theory as applied to the law
  • Normative Multi-Agent Systems and e-Institutions
  • Regulatory Compliance
  • Robot and Intelligent System ethics


  • Privacy and Security with New Technology (including Biobanks, Genetic data, eHealth, identity management)
  • Cybercrime and Computer Forensics
  • Cybersecurity and cyberwarfare
  • e-Business and Consumer Law
  • e-Governance and e-Democracy social modelling
  • IPR and New Technology (Digital Right Management, nanotechnologies, open data and open source licences, creative commons, multimedia)
  • Alternative Dispute Resolution and On-line Dispute Resolution
  • Cloud computing modelling and regulation
  • A Comparative Perspective on ICT Law
  • Constitutional crowd sourcing
  • Management of Geopolitical Social Crises
  • Regulation of Robotics and Related Ethical Issues
  • Contracts and ICT
  • Protection of children online
  • Technology regulation: fundamental issues