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Amedeo Santosuosso


Amedeo Santosuosso is one of the founders and current Scientific Director of the European Center for Law, Science and new Technologies (ECLT), at the University of Pavia (I).


Professor of Law, Science and New Technologies at the Department of Law, University of Pavia, and at the Institute for Advanced Study of Pavia (IUSS). He serves also as President of the First Chamber at the Court of Appeal of Milan. Santosuosso has served in several ad hoc committee appointed by the Italian government on science and law issues. He was President of the European Association for Neuroscience and Law (EANL) since its foundation (2010)  till 2016 and is the main organizer of the Law, Neuroscience and New Technologies Winter School, which takes place yearly at the University of Pavia. He participated in the European Robotics Coordination Action (euRobotics) and is coauthor of the Green Paper on "A legal framework for robotics in Europe" (2013, . Santosuosso is currently working on several aspects of science and law. In the field of genetics and law he is cooperating with Telethon Network of Genetic Biobanks (TNGB) on a better definition of legal procedures as for informed consent measures. He is also scientific responsible for the ECLT-UNIPV in the Neogenia Project, a joint research project funded by Sardegna Ricerche-CNR/IRGB and focused on monitoring and evaluating legal and ethical aspects of Mass Newborn Genetic Screenings. He is promoter and main organizer of the Innovating Legal Studies and Practice (ILSP), an international course that is the result of an extraordinary cooperation between the judiciary (Court of Appeal of Milan), Bar Association and academy. The course is organized by the ECLT center, the Department of Law and the Collegio Ghislieri (Pavia, I) and offers to master degree students (4th - 5th year) a direct knowledge, both from a theoretical and practical perspective, of advanced technological tools, as well as an overview of the legal implications stemming from these technological innovations. An international faculty board and practitioners teach the program. The course, started 2015, will have next round on February 2017 as Winter School. He has been appointed by the Chief Justice of the Court of Appeal of Milan and the Ministry of Justice (2016) responsible for a special experimental project of cooperation between the legal academy and the judiciary in order to accelerate the introduction of new technologies in criminal trials in Italy. Amedeo Santosuosso was nominated to the 2014 World Technology Award (Law Category), organized by the World Technology Network. Since 2014 he has been invited to the Annual Conference of the Gruter Institute For Law and Behavioral Research (Squaw Valley, CA), giving talks on Innovation in law, Legal multilingualism, Robotics and Law and more (latest conference: Innovation in the Spotlight: The Role of Institutions in Innovation and Innovation in Institutions, May 23-27, 2016). In 2015 he was appointed as a fellow at the Center for Legal Innovation (CLI) at the Vermont Law School (USA).
Amedeo Santosuosso has extensively published books and articles in Italian and is also author of several articles published in international journals and books. Among his publications in English:

  • Santosuosso, O. R. Goodenough, Marta Tomasi (eds), The Challenge of Innovation in Law: the Impact of Technology and Science on Legal Studies and Practice, Pavia: Pavia University Press, 2015 (
  • B. Bottalico, A. Santosuosso ‘Not guilty by reason of insanity’ in the Italian Jurisdiction. A neuroscience revolution? in Moratti and Patterson, Legal Insanity and the Brain, Hart Publishing (in print)
  • A. Santosuosso, Technological Innovation in Law: Just an Option or a Strict Necessity?, in A. Santosuosso, O. R. Goodenough, Marta Tomasi (eds), The Challenge of Innovation in Law: the Impact of Technology and Science on Legal Studies and Practice, Pavia: Pavia University Press, 2015
  • Santosuosso-A. Malerba, Legal Interoperability as a Comprehensive Concept in Transnational Law, in Law, Innovation and Technology, 6.1.2014. DOI:
  • A. Santosuosso, The human rights of nonhuman artificial entities: an oxymoron? In Yearbook of Science and Ethics/Jahrbuch für Wissenschaft und Ethik, De Gruyter Publisher, 2015.
  • A. Santosuosso, Cognitive neuroscience, intelligent robots and the interplay humanmachines, in Rivista di filosofia del diritto (Journal of Legal Philosophy), Speciale/2014, pp. 91-106, doi: 10.4477/78476.
  • A. Santosuosso, If the agent is not necessarily a human being. Some legal thoughts, in: D. Provolo – S. Riondato – F. Yenisey (eds.), Genetics, Robotics, Law, Punishment. Padova, Padova University Press, JusQuid Series, 2014, 545-561.
  • A. Santosuosso, A general theory of law and technology or a general reconsideration of law?, in Palmerini E., E. Stradella (eds). Law and Technology. The Challenge of Regulating Technological Development. Pisa: Pisa University Press, 2013.
  • A. Santosuosso, Should privacy be abolished in genetics and biobanking? in Izzo U. – Macilotti M. – Pascuzzi G. (eds.), Comparative Issues in the Governance of Research Biobanks. Property, Privacy, Intellectual Property and the Role of Technology, Springer, 2013.
  • Santosuosso A., C. Boscarato, F. Caroleo, R. Labruto, C. Leroux, Robots, market and civil liability: A European perspective. Proceedings of the 21st IEEE Int. Symposium on Robot and Human Interactive Communication. Paris 2012.
  • Santosuosso A. - Bottalico B. (2009), Neuroscience, accountability and individual boundaries, in: Frontiers in Human Neuroscience, vol. 3, Article ID 46.
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