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Anna Berti Suman is a Dutch Research Council (NWO) Rubicon postdoctoral researcher at the Tilburg Institute for Law, Technology, and Society, seconded at the European Commission Joint Research Centre (JRC) - Digital Economy Unit. As a NWO fellow, Anna performs research on the potential of Citizen Sensing for environmental litigation and mediation (Project: "SensJus - Sensing for Justice"). The project will develop in the ERC Marie Curie individual fellowship at the JRC.

Anna obtained her PhD on May 8, 2020. Her PhD project aimed at investigating how Citizen Sensing, grassroots-driven monitoring initiatives based on sensor technology, influences the governance of environmental health risk and how the practice can be integrated with institutional models of risk governance through its social and policy uptake. 

Anna has a background in Law from the University of Bologna (BA, MA, cum laude) and Transnational Law from the University of Geneva. Her specializations are International and European Environmental Law, Health Law and Technology, and Participation Studies. She also holds a solid education in Comparative Constitutionalism and Constitutional Law. She has work and research experience in the health sector (Royal Brompton and Chelsea & Westminster Hospitals, London), Environmental Litigation (Unión de Afectados y Afectadas por las Operaciones Petroleras de Texaco, Ecuador) and Water Law (Comisión Económica para América Latina y el Caribe, and Fundación Chile, Chile). Besides academia, Anna volunteers for non-governmental organizations on environmental matters.

Anna is Member of the Netherlands Network for Human Rights Research and of the Italian Society for Social Studies of Science and Technology. She is part of the team of LabGov - Laboratory for the Governance of the City as a Commons of LUISS University, Rome. Anna was formerly part of the University Council of Tilburg University as member of the employees’ party “The Independents” and of the Tilburg Law School PhD Council Board as Policy Advisor for Sustainability. 

Career

Volunteer Legal Analyst The People vs. Arctic Oil and Haze Litigation (February 2017 - January 2019) Greenpeace International - Legal Unit, Amsterdam (The Netherlands) 

Pro-bono Environmental Lawyer (December 2017 - July 2019) Studio Legale Giampietro, Rome (Italy)                                                        

Environmental Law Specialist (September 2015 - September 2016)
Unión de Afectados por las Operaciones Petroleras de Texaco, Quito (Ecuador)

Water Law & Policy Analyst (October 2014 - August 2016)
Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean, Santiago (Chile)

Water CSR Project Assistant (November 2014 - January 2015)
Fundación Chile - Agua y Medio Ambiente, Santiago (Chile)

Health Law Specialist  (June 2013 - September 2013)
Chelsea Community Hospital School, Royal Brompton and Chelsea Hospitals, London (UK)

Trainee at Law Firm (September 2012 - May 2013)
Studio Legale Pennica Ziosi, Bologna (Italy)

Teaching

Specialization course Lecturer (February 2020 - Present) 

Systasis - Centro Studi per la prevenzione e la gestione dei conflitti ambientali, Milan (Italy)             

Teaches on the potential of Citizen Sensing at a specialization course for environmental mediators to Milan City Council officers and to the Association of Young Italian Lawyers; to the Politecnico of Milan (course “La prevenzione e la gestione con strumenti collaborativi”) and to the University of Milan Bicocca (on the sociology of violence and environmental criminology)

 

Law, Technology & Health Teaching Assistant (September 2016 - March 2019)

The Tilburg Institute for Law, Technology, and Society, Tilburg University (The Netherlands)

 

Summer School organizer on extractives industries' Monitoring Technologies & Law (Summer 2017)     

The Tilburg Institute for Law, Technology, and Society, Tilburg University (The Netherlands)

 

Education/Academic qualification

Law, Master’s Degree, University of Bologna

Sep 2011Jul 2015

Award Date: 7 Jul 2015

External positions

Research on public acceptance of wastewater reuse (University of Bologna)

15 May 202014 Jun 2020

Keywords

  • Citizen Science
  • Environmental Law
  • Risk Governance
  • Health Law
  • Public Health
  • Science And Technology Studies
  • Technology And Ethics
  • Human Rights

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