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Dr Ana Beduschi

Senior Lecturer


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Dr Ana Beduschi is a Senior Lecturer in Law at the University of Exeter. Her research and teaching focus on international human rights law, technology (including Big Data and Artificial Intelligence), and international migration and refugee law. Her recent publications examine the impact of digital identity on human rights protection, the implications of Big Data for international migration and human rights law, and to the concept of vulnerability for the protection of migrant children’s rights.

She holds a PhD in Law (2011) from the University of Montpellier 1, France. She also received an LL.B degree in Law (in 2003), an LL.M degree in International and European Law (Maîtrise in 2004), and an LL.M. degree in European Human Rights Law (Master 2 in 2005) from the University of Montpellier 1, France. She also holds an LL.B degree in Law from the UNESP (University of the State of São Paulo, Brazil) obtained in 2000. She is an Attorney-at-Law in São Paulo, Brazil since 2001.

She recently led the following ESRC IAA -funded projects:

(1) Building digital identities relating to the use of digital attributes and big data for digital identification and the implications this has for the protection of privacy, data protection, non-discrimination and due process.

(2) Protection of migrant children's rights in the context of the ongoing migration crisis. This project provided training and capacity building to frontline workers in Greece and in the UK, and also includes a toolkit to help social workers and immigration officials understand the law and assess how vulnerable the child migrants are.


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Research interests

  • International Human Rights Law
  • Technology (including big data and artificial intelligence) and Human Rights Law
  • Privacy, Free Speech, and Data Protection in the Digital World
  • Protection of migrant children's rights
  • International Refugee Law
  • International Migration Law
  • European Human Rights system
  • Inter-American Human Rights system
  • European Union Law - Common Migration Policy; Common European Asylum System; Fundamental Rights
  • GDPR

Research supervision

Research supervision topics and areas:

  • Technology, Big Data and Artificial Intelligence and their implications for the protection of human rights
  • Human rights of immigrants, asylum seekers and refugees
  • Protection of migrant children's rights

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