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Personal profile

Research interests

My PhD research analyses the effects of Intelligent Home Assistants on the Private Sphere and on the legal tools protecting it, with a focus on Personal Data protection.

More in general, the main focus of my research currently is the way the Law thinks, deals with, and relates to, Artificial Agents (both AI and robots), as well as Data Protection & Privacy in general.

In addition to that, my expertise includes Regulation of technology, IT Law, and IP law. Due to my years spent practicing and teaching the law, I have also experience in International Business Contracts, Corporate Law, M&A, and Public International Law.  


2015-2016 - Contract Professor of Information Technology Law and Intellectual Property Law at the Law Department of the Tec de Monterrey - Campus Chihuahua.


2010 - 2013 Legal Trainee/Junior Associate at Dewey & LeBeuf LLP, Rome office, in the Corporate Law, International Business Contract, M&A department, as well as Energy Law department.

2008 - Trainee at Clifford Chance LLP, Milan office, in the Securitization department.

Education/Academic qualification

Law, Master’s Degree, London School of Economics

Sep 2013Nov 2014

Law, Master’s Degree, Roma Tre University

Law, Bachelor’s Degree, Roma Tre University


  • Privacy
  • Robotics
  • Artificial Intelligence
  • Data Protection
  • Regulation Of New Technologies

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Research Output 2015 2018

  • 2 Chapter
  • 2 Conference contribution
  • 1 Article

Artificial intelligence and privacy: AI enters the house through the cloud

de Conca, S. & Leenes, R., Dec 2018, Research handbook on the law of artificial intelligence. Barfield, W. & Pagallo, U. (eds.). Cheltenham: Edward Elgar Publishing Limited, p. 280-306 27 p.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference contributionScientificpeer-review

From the glass house to the hive: The private sphere in the era of intelligent home assistant robots

de Conca, S., 2018, Privacy and identity management: The smart revolution. Hansen, M., Kosta, E., Nai-Fovino, I. & Fischer-Hübner, S. (eds.). Springer, p. 282-298 17 p. (IFIP AICT; no. 526).

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapterScientificpeer-review

Nothing comes between my robot and me: Privacy and human-robot interaction in robotised healthcare

Fosch Villaronga, E., Felzmann, H., Pierce, R., de Conca, S., de Groot, A., Robins, S. & Ponce Del Castillo, A., 13 Dec 2018, Data protection and privacy: The internet of bodies . Leenes, R., van Brakel, R., Gutwirth, S. & de Hert, P. (eds.). 1 ed. Hart Publishing, p. 135-170 36 p. (Computers, Privacy and Data Protection ).

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference contributionScientificpeer-review

Surveillance and privacy in North American public spaces

de Conca, S., Newell, B. & Thomasen, K., 2018, Surveillance, privacy and public space. 1 ed. Routledge, p. 221-240 20 p. (Routledge Studies in Surveillance).

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapterScientificpeer-review

Prizes / Recognition

Best Paper Award

Silvia de Conca (Recipient), Sep 2017