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Giovanni De Gregorio

Postdoctoral Researcher in Socio-Legal Studies, University of Oxford

I am a postdoctoral researcher working with the Programme in Comparative Media Law and Policy at the Centre for Socio-Legal Studies. Within the framework of the ERC ConflictNet project, my research focuses on content moderation and artificial intelligence; hate speech and disinformation in conflicts; digital policy in the global south. My research interest deals with constitutional law, human rights, Internet law, privacy and data protection law.

I completed my PhD in Constitutional Law at the University of Milano-Bicocca. My doctoral study has investigated the rise of European digital constitutionalism as a reaction and strategy against the predominance of digital private normativities. By focusing on the intersection between European constitutionalism and technology with a transatlantic comparative perspective, the research describes the rise of digital private powers defining their standards of protection while competing with the normative order of European constitutional law which aims to protect fundamental rights and democratic values in the algorithmic society. Part of this research, which has been published in the International Journal of Constitutional Law, has been awarded the Leonardo da Vinci Price issued by the Conference of Italian University Rectors for the best publication among Italian young scholars in legal studies.

My research has been published in edited books and international journals, in particular, the International Journal of Constitutional Law, Computer Law and Security Review, European Journal of Legal Studies, International Journal of Communication. I have edited two books with Hans W. Micklitz and others (eds), Constitutional Challenges in the Algorithmic Society, forthcoming (Cambridge University Press 2021); and with Oreste Pollicino, Blockchain and Public Law: Global Challenges in the Era of Decentralisation, forthcoming (Edward Elgar 2021). I am also member of the editorial board of the law reviews MediaLaws and Diritti Comparati. I am a reviewer for the International Journal of Constitutional Law (ICON); Computer Law and Security Law Review (CLSR); European Journal of Comparative Law and Government.

During these years, I have been Academic Fellow at Bocconi University, non-resident legal research for Columbia Global Freedom of Expression and visiting fellow at the Center for Cyber Law and Policy at the University of Haifa. I am also member of global academic and policy networks such as the Centre for AI and Digital Policy (CAIDP); the Global Internet Governance Academic Network (GigaNet), the Global Digitial Human Rights Network (GDHRN); the Dynamic Coalition on Platform Responsibilities at the Internet Governance Forum; the IACL Research Group on “Algorithmic State, Society and Market – Constitutional Dimensions”; and the Internet and Jurisdiction Policy Network.


  • –present
    Postdoctoral researcher, University of Oxford


  • 2021 
    PhD in Constitutional and Public Law, University of Milano Bicocca
  • 2016 
    Master of Arts in Law , Bocconi University